And Now…a word from Melinda’s dog

Dogs! A Science Tail

A Day at the Museum of Science in Boston

By Old English Sheepdog (OES) Macy

with minor clerical assistance from Melinda Abraham

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 was a very special day. It was Leap Day, of course. But it also was the day that I went to a museum. That’s right. This sheepdog went to the Museum of Science in Boston. And get this; I went as an invited guest – ¬¬a VIP – a Very Important Pooch. I was an official representative of New English Old English Sheepdog Rescue; a Good Will Ambassador. Wowser!

In the morning before we left for the museum, dad did an excellent job of brushing me for the event. Shortly before we were scheduled to get in the car, I plowed my face into the dirt in my backyard. Dad seemed less than thrilled as he cleaned up my muddy face. Both of my parents are impressed with my ability to make a mess of my beard. They claim that I have a special talent. I must confess, I’m a bit proud of my super power. Once dad had finished cleaning me up and mom had placed my pink bandana around my neck, I was ready to go.

My debut at the museum was in support of an exhibit called Dogs! A Science Tail which was developed by the California Science Center. It took four years to create the program and to design all of the immersive and highly interactive exhibits. After a huge success at the science center in Los Angeles, the show set off to tour the country. Boston’s Museum of Science was honored to be the first museum to host the traveling exhibit. This special event was scheduled to run for several months.

Then bam! The pandemic hit and the museum closed. Once the governor gave the okay for museums to reopen, all of the hands-on exhibits that had been the cornerstone of the show were out of the question.

So let me tell you what you missed. Dogs! A Science Tail was designed to help people sniff out the science of how dogs hear, see, smell and think. There was even a display which was all about puppy love. It’s real. Spoiler alert: It’s all about the eyes. No one can resist them.

Plus there were games for the kids. The goal of “Pup culture” was to correctly name dogs seen in cartoons and other media. In “Jeopawdy” contestants competed with each other to show off their knowledge of dogs.

The live animal part of the show was in the “dog park” which wasn’t a park at all. It was a room with seats for the uprights and a fenced in area for the guest dogs to strut their stuff. The point of the dog park was to expose people to a wide variety of different types of dogs. I did my best to represent Old English Sheepdogs (OES) and to represent dog rescue. Mom provided information about herding dogs, OES, and dog rescue while dad walked me around the park and kept me busy. Then there was a Q &A session where the audience asked questions. We participated in two sessions. Then it was time to bid farewell to the museum and to let a group of therapy dogs take their turn in the spotlight.

I loved going to the museum. I’m sorry that you missed my fifteen minutes of fame.