Friday, April 3, 2009

Pavlov's Beloved

Our house has two levels and My Beloved's office is downstairs and around a corner from the kitchen. It's hard to get his attention when it's dinner time without bellowing over the banisters or walking downstairs to fetch him. I'm lazy - I usually bellow.

He came up with an elegant solution last week; he came home with this bright little bell, which now lives on the banister.
It has a nice sound, not too harsh and yet nicely carrying. I just ring it when it's chow time and he comes right up. Conditioned response - works like a champ.

My questions - is this where Mr. Pavlov got the idea to try it with his dogs? And will My Beloved start to drool when he hears the bell?


Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

I bought Mr Brown a bell once, when he was quite ill. I took it away from him within a day.

Friday, April 03, 2009  
Blogger namastenancy said...

Love the little red bell! What a clever idea - and yes, he probably will start to drool because your cooking is so fabulous. Of course, you will also be training Cora -but you knew that already?

Friday, April 03, 2009  
Blogger Greg said...

With all the good food you cook I am surprised he doesn't drool already. ;)

Friday, April 03, 2009  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Very nice!
I bought a pair of oversized jinglebells (red!) and tacked them to the doorjamb, way down close to the ground, and tried to teach Bean Sprout to give them a swipe when he wanted to go out.
Turned out I was only training myself. He couldn't give a rat's heinie.

Friday, April 03, 2009  
Anonymous Evil Empress said...

Ahh.. brings back memories. When I was a kid, my mom got tired of bellowing (we lived in a very large house in the country) so she bought herself a bell to ring at mealtimes, and it worked very well. Sort of like the old triangle at the ranch.

Friday, April 03, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Morgan, that's funny! You try so hard to be a bitch.

Nancy, I hadn't thought of that, two droolers in the house may be too many.

Greg, good point - if he does, he does it quietly.

Cookiecrumb, I once knew a dog who did that, very clever. Give the Sprout a little time - he may learn it yet.

Empress, my mother had a distinctive whistle that brought us all to dinner.

Saturday, April 04, 2009  
Blogger Anna Haight said...

My mom used her mother's school bell, with a big mellow sound. Grandma used it to call kids in from recess in in a rural KY school pre-1920. Boy did we run when we heard that.

Saturday, April 04, 2009  
Blogger kudzu said...

My daughter has a vast house and (sign of the times) pages her older kids on their Blackberries when dinner is ready. Never thought I would see the day -- but it gets their attention faster than any bell or whistle.

Saturday, April 04, 2009  
Blogger kudzu said...

PS Feel I should add that said "older children" are in college. They're not baby Berry users.

Saturday, April 04, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Anna, I know the kind of bell you're referring to - it would have called you in from three fields away!

Kudzu, I laughed out loud - sign of the times, indeed!

Sunday, April 05, 2009  

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