I was having an online chat with my family as we do every week, and the topics were standard for us: food, the upcoming reunion and animals. We started getting into animals and music, and I realized that I've never met the supposed "His Master's Voice" dog...an animal that will sit and contentedly listen to music with you. I actually thought about that when I got a dog...what a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening, sitting by the fire, listening to music with my trusty faithful companion.
My dog HATES music! All music: rock, classical, jazz, movie soundtracks...doesn't matter to her, she just gets up and leaves the room. My grandmother used to do that too, with any TV program she didn't like. She would get up and leave the room, with her standard "Ish, Ish" trailing off into the distance. So basically my dog is channeling my grandmother! Oh, and she hates fires, too.
As you may know, Bob, the "His Master's Voice" dog has a name: Nipper. Public radio people have appropriated it as shorthand for "NPR," but its original audio association goes much further back in history. http://www.emiclassics.com/centenary/nipper.html
Listening to MPR one day, I notice a very strange behavior in my cat. He was running from room to room, bouncing off the walls. A behavior that we normally saw at 10pm when we were headed off to bed. My thoughts were, " Crazy cat must have gotten into the catnip." Seconds later, he was calm. I realized he quite running as soon as the music had changed. The first song had a violin being played very fast, on a high note. The second song was a much calmer piece. I thought it very intereting. Did that wild violin sound like a skinned cat, to the cat??
On another note, my mother would sit in her bed at night and do crossword puzzels while listening to opera. Sylvester, the cat, would sit with her. You could just tell by the look on his face that he loved opera. He was black and white and looked as if he had his tux on.