All of the sudden, in the past couple of days, Olive has started sticking both ears straight up. It's happened a few times - one time she heard someone knocking on a door on television, this morning she heard a dog bark outside our window.
If you had asked me a week ago, I would have told you that I didn't think she could physically lift her right ear. At least not intentionally. I have seen it flop up when she was running or get held up by the breeze. But I thought it was just how she was - that her right ear would always flop down.
But, now, she can, and does, stick it straight up. I even caught a picture this morning.
I wonder what made her start doing that, after we've had her almost ten months. Could she do it all along and never bothered? Is it a sign that she's more aware, attentive, or comfortable? Like she feels more "at home" and is protecting her home more? I love the flopped ear, but it's interesting to think that maybe she's still coming out of her shell, all these months later.
One thing is for sure, seeing her ears like that, I'm even more convinced that she has some Basenji DNA!