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Pup music: Howling along with Gwen Stefani

gwen_stefani_002Kelly Reeves at the website Urlesque believes she has stumbled upon dogs’ favorite song: It’s “The Sweet Escape,” by Gwen Stefani, featuring Akon, who sings the “woo-woos.”

Stefani’s 2007 single, “appears to be the favorite song of dogs across the world,” she says “From Huskies to Dachshunds, something about the ‘woooo wooooos’ in the tune cut to to the core of pooches, leading them to tilt their heads in wonder and sing along with Gwen and Akon.”

She presents as evidence not two, or even five, but 11 Youtube videos of dogs singing along with the song and reports that — wouldn’t you just know it — that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

You can see the entire compilation at Urlesque.com.

Some of the dogs seem to have the tune down better than others, and I got woo-wooed out by around number six. But, no doubt, you would like to see at least one more.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time November 18, 2009 at 6:35 am

Curious why one dog reacts while another does not.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time November 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I always thought that dogs howling along with something (like a song or a siren) were doing it because it hurt their ears or made them unhappy. A friend who knows and loves her hounds gave me a wonderful insight: They’re doing it to be sociable. They apparently like nothing better than a rousing chorus with a few other dogs in the vicinity. I have no idea why some dogs are more attuned to recorded or broadcast howling. Spencer will blithely ignore it, but just let a fire engine go past or the dog out back tune up and he’s right there. He will also join us if we decide to incite him by raising a few “howls” ourselves.

My friend pointed out that it’s erroneous to think that dogs are always sad or in pain when they howl. Whale songs sound very melancholy and sad as well, and we know that they communicate for all sorts of reasons. In any case, it’s fun to join dog music and human music. Most of the time…