Greeting Sounds, from Jo

This recording was definitely a special one from last night, very full of love and excitement.  Reminds me of when my dad used to come home from business trips and my brother and I would be shrieking with glee!

At 42 seconds there is a muffled growl, and then it goes silent.  I remember reading “How to Speak Dog” many years go, and the author said that in the wild, the mother dog will silence her pups by placing her mouth over their muzzles and making a low growl, as if to say ‘ssshhh.”  Is that possibly what happens at that 42 second mark?  That would be fascinating!   … Jo

[Hi Jo — It is very possible that what you describe was going on! Yes, very exciting! Janet]

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charles Wood
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 20:43:52

    What I hear, and all subject to personal interpretation of course, is it getting almost completely quiet by second 34. Then at about second 38 it sounds like one starts up with the fussing again. It goes silent at second 40 and 1/2. At second 42 we hear the growl.

    So my personal interpretation of the final moments of that unseen events is: Fussy gets the mouth over its muzzle at second 40 and 1/2. Then they all get the second 42.

    That tape is a treasure for sure.


  2. Jo
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 23:38:02

    Thank you for your interpretation, Charles! Today I feel especially happy to have read Dr. Coren’s book where I learned about dog “shushing”. Their behavior is just so fascinating, it’s really become the highlight of my day whenever I hear them singing. And great big thanks to you, Janet! For continuing to be so generous with your time and knowledge –– your passion for these dogs is contagious! Wishing you both a terrific weekend and happy coyote watching!


  3. Charles Wood
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 00:30:26

    A related thought:

    Hope Ryden wrote God’s Dog: A Celebration of the American Coyote years ago. In it she recounted from her field notes an observation of wild, non-urban coyotes.

    Hope wrote that young pups were outside the den when their mom spotted danger. Hope didn’t hear the mom’s warning sound. Whatever her signal to the pups was, it was enough to instantaneously send all of them quietly back into the den. According to Hope, even though their mom didn’t follow them into the den, the pups didn’t come out or even make one noise for hours.

    Young pups especially are eager, curious, and not cognizant of danger. They grow up to be parents who, like their own parents, can scare the dickens out of their young children. I don’t know, but we may as yet not know exactly how they do that.


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