Over the past several months, we have been leaving the TV on as a calming mechanism for her separation anxiety. Since the TV is almost always on when we're home, logic would dictate that Bea wouldn't feel as alone if it were on when we're not home. Although we have now trained her to know that we'll always come back, we still leave the TV on for Bea when we leave.
There is something so inherently amusing about a dog watching television that we have had a great deal of fun choosing programming for her. Our main goal is to not have scary music or sudden loud sounds. Bea's rarely reacted to the television while we're home other than perking her ears up when a dog barks. Although when the Westminster dog show was on, Bea sat up with her ears alert and stared at the television. Maybe she was protesting their decision to drop Purina over their shelter dog ad.
How come there's no dog show for mixed breeds? Racists.
Some top choices are:
Golden Girls, so she can watch her namesake.
Telenovelas, so she can keep up with her Spanish.
Antiques Road Show, so she can get some art and culture.
Bob Ross, because Bea loves happy little trees (at least peeing on them).
The Real Housewives of NYC, so Bea can learn she's not the only bitch in town.
Sesame Street, so she can learn to read and count.
Dogs 101, so she can learn about her cousins.
House Hunters and House Hunters International - she loves to look at real estate.
The main comfort Bea gets out of the television is that it simply drowns out any neighbor noises in the hallway that might freak her out. But in case she actually likes watching it, we left the Puppy Bowl on for her during the Superbowl. She's a big fan of the mixed breeds.