“Regretfully we report that Sir Henry Higgins, the celebrated English Cocker Spaniel family pet, has ceased to bark,” the distinguished announcer informed the evening news.
For some time his home has been pin-drop quiet owing to a void of woof-woof, arf-art, ruff-ruff and bow-wows. Unconsciously, as a result of the unprecedented silence, the parents began filling the emptiness by…talking to one another. The conversation swiftly focused on the little beast and finally one of the two geniuses spoke out:
“Do you notice something is missing?” wife posed to husband.
“Well, now that you mention it, my coffee cup has disappeared,” answered the unobservant husband.”
“Where have you been—where has both of us been?” she shrieked. “Henry never barks.”
“Yes, and we’re now able to watch a movie on TV without the monster introducing himself into the script,” the man delightfully reflected.
“Dear,” she whispered so as to not upset him with the second brilliant revelation, “I think he’s deaf.”
“What did you say?” he replied while pulling at his left ear.
Yes, dogs become seniors, often do lose their perception of sound, and then seem to find noise-making a meaningless enterprise. Things could be worse: dogs get more needed petting as they age, and parents are wise to add to the love-soup tablespoons of patience and gentleness.