Our dogs are all extremely good-natured creatures. But as in every family, little annoyances crop up. For example, our black dog Leia likes to sleep right next to my rolling office chair. This habit can be dangerous if I roll away from my desk. When I bump into her (which happens), she generally gets up in a huff with her ears pressed back alongside her head.
We call this ear configuration "Mad Ears."
Our dogs all have floppy ears, so when the dog is happy, the ears sort of hang down in a goofy kind of way. If the dog is alert, the ears are up and forward. But Mad Ears are a sign that the dog is somewhat miffed about something. Cami will get a case of Mad Ears when she feels it’s time for dinner and I ignore her. She’ll sit at the doorway of my office with her ears slammed back against her head and glare at me.
Fortunately, Mad Ears don’t generally last long. Cami gets fed, Leia finds a new sleep spot, and order is restored to the canine universe. But for anyone who thinks that dogs don’t have emotions or moods, I’m here to tell you that the ears say differently.