I love going to the cinema. Bree enjoys going too, but not for the reason you might think.
Bree never ceases to amaze me….
I have often been asked what I can see at the cinema. You rely on other senses when you have only five percent vision. It’s amazing when you lose one sense, the others get stronger. I have an acute sense of smell and my hearing is pretty good, except my wife thinks I’m deaf as a post. Selective hearing is a trait all married men acquire out of survival and necessity. Ooooh, just felt my wife drilling holes into my head with her stare.
When you go to the cinema next time, or even when you’re at home enjoying a cuppa, close your eyes and listen carefully and try and pick up sounds or observe different smells. It’s amazing what you notice.
I enjoy going to the cinema. I usually go with my wife and my kids, and Bree of course. I enjoy hearing my kids laughing at a funny scene. I get a buzz out of listening to other people’s reaction. There are parts of the movie I may not follow, but usually someone fills me in, or I just join the dots and make my own sense of the story.
When I took Bree to the cinema for the first time, I was worried about how she would behave. In most cases, she can tolerate about an hour laying on the floor. After that, she gets restless and starts to stretch and moan. I’ll tell you in another post what she did at a meditation class.
I can’t remember the first movie I took her to see but what surprised me was how calm she was – or so I thought. I had her on the harness and I did feel her move around, but not far away. She had managed to get under my seat and under the seat in front of me.
After the movie finished and the lights turned on, my wife and kids told me that where I was sitting, there was a two-metre radius of carpet with absolutely no popcorn.
Whenever we go to the cinema and drive into the carpark, Bree gets excited in the car because she knows the building.
So, what did I learn?
Dogs enjoy using all their senses at the cinema. In Bree’s case, she uses smell and taste. Then again, those two senses are the most important if you ask her.