Many people consider dogs to be highly perceptive and good judges of character. They bark to express themselves.
It seems the only times I have been barked at while driving a car were in the 'T'. In the recently posted video of the Argentine old car rally, the only car I saw the dog barking at is the Model T.
Is there something special between dogs and Model T's? Are they sharing an opinion with us?
Do they like them, hate them, or does the clatter from the coilbox hurt their ears?
What do you think about the relationship between Model T cars and Man's Best Friend?
Toyota had an ad campaign a couple of years ago "Dogs Love Trucks" Never a truer word was spoken.
My dog couldn't wait to go for a ride in my T. It was still on the trailer when I got home with it and she climbed the trailer to get into it. Not an easy feat for a 7 year old Newfie.
She overfills the back seat, but loves to go for rides in it. I guess it is a 2 person centredoor T now.
I put the 23 in storage for the winter this morning. Drove it about 5 miles to my shed. The 2 golden's jumped right in and went for a ride. They also love to ride and hang their heads over the fenders and catch the wind.
Some times a dog barking at you(Or your front wheel) is an indication you have a bad bearing which is making a high pitch noise and hurting his ears.
I find in the UK Horses don't like them, no matter how slow you drive past
I remember years ago there was dog that lived nearby. The only time I ever saw that dog bark was when I drove by in the Model T. If I drove by in modern iron, he paid no attention. I only had one car then. Today I would drive past him in different cars to see the reactions.
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Peter, I was thinking the same thing. All dogs love my T but horses take exception to it no matter what!
I can drive by a horse in my loud Dodge diesel and and they barely glance at me, but drive past the same horse in my T and they always give me the equine equivalent of the finger, punctuated with an abundance of gas!
Must be genetic... dogs see a T and think "Oh boy A ride off into exciting vistas" Horses see a T and think "competition"!
The dogs are used to the sounds made by modern cars, but the T is unusual. That's why they bark.
When I was a boy, my dad had a Model A and when he was about 2 blocks away, our dog would run to the window and bark. She knew the sound of his car from all the others on the road.
A friend of mine had a 31 Pontiac. His dog used to bark at the exhaust pipe of the car. Unfortunately, the dog was run over when he backed out of the driveway.
Dogs do notice certain things. Anything unusual will arouse there attention.
Norm, "Dogs do notice certain things. Anything unusual will arouse (their) attention." Too bad backing up isn't one of them!
Unfortunately we lose a quite few good ranch dogs around here because of their complacency. No model T caused casualties yet, as far as I know.
We had a dog that was the most relaxed and quiet one you could find. That was until the UPS driver showed up. The minuet he heard the truck coming down the road he went crazy barking. When the driver tried to get out of his truck our dog turned into a crazed attack dog. The driver had to honk the horn to get us to come out and get our packages.
Once the truck was out of hearing the dog flopped down and the grass and went to sleep. Until the next delivery.
Every time I start either one of the T's and especially "her" Model A, she starts barking, twirling in circles, jumping up and down...."lets go for a ride, lets go for a ride"!!
I have a 3 legged Shepard/Beagle mix she only barks at things that are hand cranked, weed-whackers, chainsaws,or Sara Jane the "t" however if I start Sara Jane with the electric starter not a peep unless I try to drive off without her riding shotgun.
Molly, our Cockapoo, is normally pretty laid back, but loves to ride in the T. She's terribly excited during the entire ride, and when I finally stop and let her out, she runs around the car like a rabid dog. When I put my feet on the running board to get out, she will bite my toes (not seriously).
She loves to ride in any car, but exhibits this behavior only after a T ride.
My best guess is that she feels the same sensations we do. The open air, the vibration, the various sounds the T makes somehow stimulate pleasure/happiness in us and in our dogs.
Anyone with a cat that loves to ride in an open T ?
Methinks finding a cat that likes riding in a rattly, loud, open vehicle will be about as easy as finding a pretty woman that likes doing concrete work. Good luck with that.
The "Texas T Party" tour used to have a car with a cat in it every year. It acted like a dog and look out the window as they drove.
On the subject of dogs, I have the best dog ever, It died about 55 years ago and does not require any attention, so life is peaceful and dog free.
I have a 27' Roadster. My dog told me that if my wife wants to ride with us i will have to get a Touring. I did and my wife has to ride in backseat.
Back to the BARKING part of this thread ...
I always put stock in the advice of folks who operate from a place of good ol' common sense, so let me float this past
I have a neighbor that brought home a big, oafy dog that barks at the wind, the clouds, the trees, .... it is almost as if
the dog goes into barking "seizures" for hours and hours and hours.
Back when it was a puppy, I had some words with the owners, who kindly told me to go #@! myself. The rest of the
neighbors were none too happy with this new addition to the audio portion of our lives, so I got the required signatures
and we went to court. The judge put a boot to their proverbial "ass" and they got busy putting up visual screens to keep
the dog from seeing outside their yard going bonkers anytime anyone stepped out of their house or worked in the yard.
It seems to come in waves, but today was an "on" day and this stupid waste of skin was barking non-stop from o-dark-
thirty until I left for work at 0900hrs, and was still out there barking when I got home at 1700hrs !
If I were still deployed, the dog would be dispatched to the great beyond in a second, but seein' as how this isn't really
acceptable within the city limits .... :-P Whaddya do ? I've had dogs all my life. Trained, well disciplined dogs. This thing
looks like a 120lbs. of fluff-covered St. Bernard mix. Good for nothing except making a lot of annoying noise.
My cows recognize my pickup. I think food has something to do with it. I miss our Corgi, he went with us on all of our Model T trips until he passed about two years ago. The Texas T party cat belonged to Ed Lamport and his wife. They reside here in North Texas.
Burger, there was a schaferhund next door that would bark constantly when the owners were away.
I visualized but never built a high pitched squeal transmitter triggered by a dog's bark. I'm sure it would work if loud enough, and above human hearing frequency. I bet there would be a good market for it.
Thanks for the tip, Rick. Now to find the parts .... (insert evil laugh here) !!!
My feet hurt sometimes.
Does that count?
Your neighbors are jerks.
Part of owning a dog is to insure the dog does not disturb the neighbors with constant barking. Small consolation that its not the dog's fault, but its owners who should do the responsible thing and retrain it not to bark or house it some where isolated where its barking won't disturb others.
I feel for you because I've been there. If my dog (and best friend) did that - she would have to go, much as I love her.
There's not a great deal you can do except complain constantly to the sheriff, eventually they may do something. One thing I have done with a neighbors dog who barked all night was to phone them up at 2 am or so and politely ask if they would quiet their dog.
I have the direct nature of good ol' USMC training. To the point, professional, courteous, but short on humor if
one doesn't take the cue.
I approached them when the dog was "new" and you'd think I had asked them to hand over their banking information
or something. Like it was MY problem for being annoyed. They had no issues with the dog rotting in the back yard,
This is where I go sideways on the dog subject. It's just like kids, except the law allows the owner to kill a pet if
they choose. Otherwise, as a "parent"/owner, one accepts the responsibility of ownership and care of that kid/pet.
But therein lies the rub ... one person's idea of "responsible" is another person's definition of neglect or even abuse.
I would take great delight in subjecting some people to the treatment they insist is OK for their kids or animals.
Oh brother, ... don't get me started.
Burger, I did concrete work for 35 years and owned my own finishing business for 25. One of my competitor/friends taught his daughters to finish and work in his company. Any one of the 4 girls could finish concrete with the best of the men I knew. All four were good looking and 2 were knock outs when not in a pile of mud. The friend has since retired and the girls have moved on to raising families with all having grandchildren.
It can happen.
James if you've ever watched Mike Holmes house contractors show you'll see plenty of really good looking girls working on his crew and they are quite competent and able to do the work. I some times (laughingly) think of the Seinfeld episode where the gang thinks waitresse's are hired at a restaurant in town because of certain "qualifications". As to the posts title: My dog Mikey likes to sleep in the car while it's parked in the garage. Strangely he's not a big rider just likes to be in there when it's not moving. He also barks wildly at black trucks. Black cars don't seem to affect him. Nuts.