I lived in Albany, New York for twenty-five years. One of the city’s most famous icons is a huge, four-ton Nipper the dog on the roof of a building located at 991 Broadway.
Nipper (1884–1895), an endearing mixed fox/bull terrier, was born in Bristol, England and served as the model for the painting titled His Master’s Voice, by Francis Barraud. It depicts Nipper with his head cocked listening intently to a wind-up phonograph.
Dogs naturally cock their heads for a practical reason – to hear more clearly. As owners we often forget how confusing human speech is for dogs. Even though they understand some of what we’re saying, for the most part our conversation is just a blur of sound to them. They can tell from our eye movements and body language if we’re saying something that concerns them. Once something we say attracts their attention, they will perk up their ears and tilt their heads slightly in order to figure out what’s going one.
There is something about this titled head position that dog owners and dog lovers find utterly adorable. Dogs know it, too and that’s why they do it even when they aren’t trying to hear anything particular.
Ruby, My Grand-dog
Meet Ruby – my son’s family pet. She’s a two and half year old Red Heeler, also known as an Australian Cattle dog. This little lady enjoys adventures – walking/hiking nearly every day, four-wheeling, splashing in the pool on hot summer days, playing fetch and so much more. Call her name and Ruby is ready to go!
She’s sturdy which makes her a perfect fit for her spirited human sister and brother. What I love most about Ruby is her intelligence, loyalty and attitude. She brings immense joy to her family and in turn they shower her with love and provide all the necessities to keep her safe and healthy.
If you are interested in knowing more about this breed, please visit: www.akc.org or www.cattledog.com