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Law & Order theme triggers howls

Why some dogs react the way they do to certain songs and sounds would probably make for an interesting scientific study.

Until then, we have YouTube, where a mounting number of videos, it has been noted, show dogs howling along with — or in objection to — the theme from “Law & Order.”

It’s not the first time multiple dog owners have noticed certain songs seem to cause their pets to vocalize, and captured the result on video. Remember all those videos of dogs singing along with Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape?”

Just as only some dogs howl at sirens, some howl at Gwen Stefani and, for reasons just as mysterious, at the Law & Order theme. Whether they are expressing discomfort or joining the chorus, we don’t really know.

In any event, for an impressive array of dogs howling at “Law & Order,” check out the compilation video above, or visit

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

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.

Recycled Love sale in Hampden tomorrow

Recycled Love will be holding a large yard sale at HOWL Pet Food Store in Hampden tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All proceeds will be used to advance Recycled Love’s mission to help abused, abandoned and neglected animals. HOWL is located at 3531 Chestnut Street.

Another interminable “Best of Baltimore”

I’ve never been real big on “best of” lists. They’re sort of the grown-up equivalent of the cliquish high school in-crowd (head cheerleader, quarterback, etc.) making our minds up for us — whether it’s about what the prom theme is going to be, who can sit at what lunch table, or what constitutes cool.

I’ve been even less big on them since I made last year’s “Best of Baltimore.” *

Nevertheless, Baltimore Magazine’s picks for 2008 ** are out and we feel it is our duty to pass their crack staff’s dog-related choices on to you, so you don’t have to fork over $3.95 for the August issue.

For best pet store, Baltimore Magazine chose Howl, formerly known as “Chow, Baby!” up until pressure from the Purina company prompted owner Robin McDonald to change the name this year. The magazine called Howl, at 3531 Chestnut Avenue, “a Whole Foods for pets.” It offers a wide variety of healthy dog food, and also houses an obedience school for dogs, B-more Charming.

The magazine bestowed best groomer honors on Kerrie Grudziecki, of the Reisterstown Boarding Kennel Pet Resort and Spa, 14454 Old Hanover Road in Reisterstown. The magazine said Grudziecki “is great at calming nervous first timers,” and offers a full line of grooming and spa treatments for your dog.

For the top dog in doggie lodging, the magazine picked PetSmart’s Pet Hotel, 9041 Snowden River Parkway in  Columbia.  “… With its airy atriums and suites, hypoallergenic lambskin beds, and caring staff, (it) has all the amenities you’d expect in a fancy hotel, including an on-site pet hospital, ‘room service’ and in-suite movies.”

For all those dog businesses that, like me, fell from grace and didn’t make the list this year — The Pretentious Pooch, Dogma, and Charm City Dogs were honored as last year’s “best” — chin up, keep the faith and we still love you.

* In the 2007 “Best of Baltimore” I was voted “Best reason to cancel your Sun subscription … Well, it’s more than one reason: 7,497 of them, actually (we counted). That’s how many words were in Sun reporter John Woestendiek’s interminable seven-part series about his dog’s lineage. Now, we like dogs, we like John Woestendiek, and we even like lineages. But 7,497 words?”

** The 2008 Best of Baltimore list ran 17,065 words. (But who’s counting?)