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Cute Dog Video: The Rattly Sigh

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Although I am a card-carrying Crazy Dog Lady, I do not actually have that much experience with dogs other than my own. We had a dachshund named Volks when I was growing up who I loved without bounds, a great, smart, fat, slightly humorless standard x mini who was inclined to snarl over his food, but who could howl along to Edelweiss to bring a tear to your eye. I don't remember his giving The Rattly Dog Sigh of Contentment, and I remember a lot about him.

The key to great wildlife cinematography, and my efforts certainly qualify, is to Anticipate the Behavior of Your Subject. This is a classic setup, and as Marty Stouffer knows, setups are the key to great wildlife cinematography. You simply put the lynx and the bunny in the same chain-link enclosure and go!

Or the bear cub and the mule deer fawn. You know the drill. Because it's hard to just happen upon a bear cub and a mule deer fawn and get footage of them engaged in rollicking play without a chain-link fence, some long sticks and some compressed air hoses. That's our Wild America!

Apologies to Marty, but when I was ten years old I was already throwing things at the TV screen and smacking my little proto-prognathous Science Chimp brow in exasperation at the particular combinations of baby animals he tossed together in the name of wildlife cinematography. The rollicking happy comedic musical score made me want to hurt something. Still does.

But I digress. Chet Baker, Boston Terrier is the star of this particular show. As in most Chet Baker videos, nothing really happens. You looove it.

So tell me true, dear readers...does your dog heave a four-part Rattly Dog Sigh of Contentment when properly tucked in?


Yes, our pup does the sigh and we say he "deflated" because he just oozes into his blanket/lap.

My dog-in-law, an 80-lb pibble, also heaves his contented, shuddery doggie sigh. In fact, putting Cash to bed looks remarkably like putting Chet to sleep -- kisses, blankets, nose-covering and all :)

My Boston does the same thing: snort-snort-snort siiiigghh. Awww.

My late bullmastiff did the Rattly Sigh, but my schnauzer does not.
Maybe the Rattly Sigh is a unique characteristic of brachycephalic dogs?

Yes, of course. : ) The Boston Terriers do it so much better than the Border Collies do though.

Yes, our Boston Terrier, Buck, gives out the multiphonic throaty sigh after his blanket is held up to his satisfaction and he proceeds to "snuggle in" as we refer to it. So adorable!

Oh, what a sweet sleepy boy. My little Precious used to get under her covers by herself & then stick her head out to scope out the scene, but now late in life with some dementia she seems to prefer no blankies until morning when she has the bed to herself. Love you Chet!

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