I have a 9 mth. old
I had a cat once that would sit on my leg while I played and just watch my hands fascinated.
My teacher had a beautiful Shepard named Polaris that would always come sit near the base of the harp when ever anyone started to play. A great dog, but I always left my lessons with dog hair all over my pant legs.
My husband, who is a clarinetist, has long despaired that our dog
doesn’t like his playing. “I can’t believe I have a little girl who
couldn’t care less about music,” he always says. Actually, the sound is
probably too loud or piercing for her–she usually goes to the farthest
part of the house from where he’s practicing.
On the other hand, she’s very relaxed near me when I’m practicing. Good
dog–she appreciates the harp. It’s become a joke between my husband
and me now.
I use to have the most hyper weimeriner in all the world, but when I sat down to practice, she would come in, find a place, lay down, and start snoring.
I now have 4 dogs! ugh! I love em all. When I get home and feed them, they are so excited and jumping all over the place. They play with each other and make all kinds of noise.
I will sit to practice, about after 2 hours. I quit. The house is silent! I look and all four are near by sleeping or just laid out totally relaxed.
I hope that is a
I used to have a cat who loved to listen to the harp. She would sit
next to me and look from me to the harp over and over until I got the
hint. When it was her time to go, I played the harp for her while she
was dying and my husband was caressing her. He let me know when she was
gone. It was the least we could do for her.
Also, one time we were visiting friends and I brought the harp along.
We were sleeping on the living room floor next to the harp. I woke up
to hearing the strings being brushed very lightly, opened my eyes, and
by the light of a street lamp saw one of their cats tentatively
brushing a couple strings at a time and looking curiously at the harp.
No claws were out, it was just fascinated that it could make the sound.
My husky/lab mix is afraid of the lap harp because I was playing
outside once and sat it down for a moment. The dog inched closer and
was sniffing at the harp when a gust of wind stirred the strings. She
fell over herself trying to back away because the harp played itself!
my cat doesn’t love the harp… its more she loves me and she comes around where ever i am whenever i’m at home, which is rare these days…. but the last time she entered my study to listen.. i made sure i’ll always close the door behind me well…. you see.. when i study.. i do so in the dark, expect for white light on the book and harp so i’m not really aware of what’s going on in other parts of the study… the last time the cat came in, she decided she wanted to listen to me by sitting on the piano keys… she just jumped from floor up onto the keys… which obviously created a loud bang on the piano.
One of my Shelties likes to cuddle up to my harp when I’m not playing. The other one, Duncan, is quite unusual. He is extremely timid and fearful. Something which we are working on daily and seeing small improvements.
When we’d only had him a few days, we were out ridding in the car. There was rock music on and he was, as usual, shaking like a leaf. I decided to turn the station to classical, and he immediately stopped shaking! I turn the station back to rock, and he started shaking again. At first he didn’t like my harp playing (everyone’s a critic!) but now he ignores it.
We’ve since discovered that he is very sensitive to noises. I’ve even had someone ask me if he could be autistic! I am now a faithful fan of the Dog Whisperer, and using his techniques I’m seeing Duncan slowly become more confident. We are trying obedience class (for the second time) next Saturday. Wish us luck!
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