Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dog-Blog: Our early warning earthquake system...

So after the 5.4 magnitude earthquake yesterday here in L.A. (my first real earthquake anywhere), I think we may have our very own early warning system. His name is Cooper!
Cooper & his rope toy
Charlie summed it up the other day when he said that no two days with Cooper are the same.  Well this Monday and Tuesday he was really unsettled and whiny in the mornings, which I just thought was another stage in our puppy growing up, but on reflection I swear that he knew that we were in for an earthquake.
Puppy Cooper dozing
They say that dogs can tell when storms are coming, so maybe his doggie senses were tingling before the quake.  Today he's back to 'normal' and much more settled.

So my recommendation to any Los Angelinos is to get a yellow Labrador puppy to warn of any impending tremors.
Puppy Cooper sleeping
On another note we've booked Cooper's vet appointment for his final shots next Friday, so only nine more sleeps before he's able to safely venture out into the world.

We can't wait...

1 comment:

Charlie Mouse said...

Thought you might be interested in this quote from an old article in National Geographic (so it must be true, right?!) on the ability of animals to predict earthquakes:

"Countless pet owners claimed to have witnessed their cats and dogs acting strangely before the ground shook—barking or whining for no apparent reason, or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness.

Researchers around the world continue to pursue the idea, however. In September 2003 a medical doctor in Japan made headlines with a study that indicated erratic behavior in dogs, such as excessive barking or biting, could be used to forecast quakes."

I'm not sure that "excessive biting" is much of a differentiator for Cooper right now since he is displaying a fine set of needle-sharp puppy teeth, but the whining for no reason and restlessness was distinctly odd. Certainly beats keeping a canary down a coal mine to help detect gas. Maybe we should keep him in bag next to the front door, along with our flashlights, running shoes and emergency water for the next 'quake?!

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