Yup, a low gruff type of bark. This bark has been very few and far between. I'm not sure what triggered it...Timmy getting in her face, the fact that in order to get to me she had to bypass 4 other dogs, or my neighbor's truck that has a very loud muffler.
I celebrate when she barks because it shows me more of her. I do not encourage barking so it's one of those catch 22's. But for now, I will enjoy the occasional sound of her voice.
These 'firsts' and what feel like firsts even though they may have happened on occasion before...the jump in your heart that happens because it is new, the joy of her becoming more of who she is meant to be...this must be similar to what mom's feel when their babies have firsts, when they get older and learn new things, when one day (and I'm sure I will feel this way if it happens) they have joy and sadness in their hearts at the same time, when their little love leaves the nest and is out in the world.