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Of course, the sound of the doorbell (ours or one on TV) caused a huge response, and I learned to absolutely hate the Pizza Hut commercials for that very reason. Man, his “guard dog” bark could curl your hair! The clang of his metal dish being set down on our granite counters caused him to come running, as did the rhythmic sound of the peanut butter jar lid being dropped onto the counter. When either of us sat down on a chair with shoes in hand, we would hear the jingle of his dog tags as he ran over to us to express his complete excitement about the possibility of going outside. In fact, you could hardly bend over to get your shoes tied without getting a face full of dog tongue. What made it awkward (OK, downright dangerous) once he was blind was his inability to precisely approach your face in these situations, and often we would end up with a painful nose in our eye, or a dog tooth in our lip. He was simply not one to hide his true feelings.
One poignant footnote to this notion of auditory conditioning came just after