This morning I was taking a shower when my smoke alarm started that intermittent chirping that tells you the battery needs to be replaced. I’m NOT talking about the screeching alarm sound, but the high-pitched “chirp” that happens every couple of minutes.
My big dog, Sweetie, came in the bathroom and poked her nose under the shower curtain, which she NEVER does, and I made appropriate soothing noises and comments. Then I’m soaping my hair and I have my eyes shut and feel something against my leg. I open my eyes and look down and she’s there in the shower with me, lying up against me, shaking all over, water cascading over both of us.
I did not associate this behavior with the chirping sound at this point. I didn’t know what to think. I put some clothes on and took her for a walk to distract her, as a walk often helps me when I have a panic attack. Then we went to Walgreen’s and got a new battery for the smoke detector.
At lunch I ran into a woman who used to work at the animal clinic where I take the doggies and she said it was probably that sound–the chirping of the smoke alarm. It never occurred to me.
I was telling a friend this story and she said one of her dogs would react like this to a beep that was emitted by her clothes dryer. When the dryer beeped this dog would run outside, seemingly terrified, even if it was raining–she just had to get away from the noise.
Anyone else have experiences with doggies and high-pitched, short, intermittent sounds?