Animals Are More Sensitive to These Things
Make of this what you will. We were watching the ceremony on BBC TV. Our two little Coton de Tulear dogs, Pamba and Tycho, were being quiet and good. But as soon as Rick Warren came on, they leapt up and started barking. Shoulder to shoulder they stood, and barked and barked and barked their little heads off, directly at the TV screen. As a result, we couldn't hear a word of what Warren said. As soon as Warren stopped speaking, these two splendid little dogs stopped barking, quietly settled down, and we were able to enjoy the rest the inauguration. Afterwards, we drank a grateful toast -- to Pamba and Tycho and President Obama.
I guess animals are just more sensitive to certain things than humans are. When I played Rick Warren's speech on my laptop, our kitties Loki and Newton, who were joyfully (and naughtily) playing with the cord of the blinds, suddenly disappeared from the room. ;-)
Shimmies to Pharyngula and to President Obama