Why The Iowa Debate Got Dogs Barking

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Thursday night's GOP debate in Iowa sparked a curious response from many furry four-legged viewers.

MICHELE NORRIS, host: Last night's debate in Iowa didn't just have the candidates barking at one another. It also provoked a curious response from some four-legged viewers at home.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: The culprit? Well, let's let the debate moderator Brett Baier explain.

BRET BAIER: Just so everyone knows, when candidates go over the allotted time, they've agreed to the system, that's what you hear, the bell.


BAIER: And we'll try to not ring the bell that much. It's not the doorbell.

BLOCK: Well, some dogs thought it was. As the Washington Post noted today, people on Twitter bemoaned the use of...

BAIER: The bell.


BLOCK: ...because it drove their dogs to the brink.

NORRIS: One person tweeted: Everyone in my feed, meaning the Twitter feed, has a dog freaking out over the warning bell.

BAIER: The bell.


BLOCK: And another wrote: Every time the bell rings in the Republican debate, our dog starts barking. No, Lola, Mitt Romney is not at the front door.


NORRIS: But Romney did throw a bone to those canine constituents, when he answered a question about whether or not he would've vetoed the recently passed debt limit deal.

MITT ROMNEY: Look, I'm not going to eat Barack Obama's dog food, all right? What he served up was not what I would have done if I'd have been president of the United States.

BLOCK: And on that point about dog food, CNN's Mark Preston tweeted that his dog, Guinness, growled every time they hit...


BAIER: The bell.

BLOCK: ...and he concluded: I bet she would eat the dog food.

NORRIS: And for those dogs and their owners, we apologize if you've once again been riled up by that bell.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing) And the bell goes ring a ding ding, ring a ding ding, ring a ding ding ding...

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