By Willis Cook
A few days ago it was cool enough when we went to bed that I opened the bedroom window. I like to do that when possible, in order to fill the house with that cool night air and save on air conditioning the next day.
A couple of hours before dawn, though, I heard coyotes howling. The farmers haven’t killed them all off yet and we hear them three or four times a year. Our dogs heard them too and woke up. They muttered a few low growls and I knew they were disturbed. I let them out and they gave a couple of ordinary barks, but then they each gave out a long, plaintive coyote howl. They sounded surprisingly like the wild coyotes and I was amazed that they could do it so well. They never make that kind of sound — just the ordinary barks and growls that domesticated dogs utter.