Today, Gray had his regular speech therapy appointment at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Gray has been going here since he was first diagnosed over 5 years ago. He is comfortable here and he knows the expectations that are placed on him when he enters his therapist’s office. For that reason, he does not need to wear the tether during his speech therapy sessions. Hope is placed in a down-stay near his seat and snoozes during therapy.
Unfortunately, today was fire drill day. Ironically, Gray was not too upset with the loud noise and strobe lights. He is a sensation seeker, so he kind of enjoyed the crazy change of pace. Hope did not enjoy it. It’s funny, because Kati said that Hope never really had a hard time startling at loud noises. She has always taken those things rather well. But, today, when that fire alarm went off, she jumped to attention. She kept moving from the office door back to Gray. She didn’t whimper or bark, she just kept hitting Gray with her nose and then walking back to the door. When that didn’t work, she just sat and trembled. No amount of reassurance or offering of treats made her feel any better. She did not relax until the drill was over.
So, what was that about? Gray’s therapist and I think that Hope was trying to make Gray evacuate. She was worried that he might be in danger. When he wouldn’t leave, she just hunkered down next to him and braced herself for the worst. Amazing sweet dog.