12.21.2012

happy howlidays!


Love and happy holidays from all of us at chez wmtc. In 2013, raise your voice! Howl for peace, howl for justice. Howl for change.

16 comments:

M@ said...

And howl for slow cooker dinners! :)

Bean says AROO too, to all of the above.

laura k said...

Does she react if you play it? We had to edit with the sound off, or they would start all over again!

M@ said...

She sometimes will react to dogs on Youtube, sometimes not. I'll try it out when I can!

laura k said...

PS: I know some people have received this up to three times: by email, Facebook, and blog. That's just how much we love you.

And how obsessed I am that everyone I know must watch this video. :)

impudent strumpet said...

OMG, they can harmonize and everything! Are they howling at something, or just singing? Do they do that a lot?

Also, I love how they both just stop at the same time, like in the other video where they were playing and would randomly stop on some unspoken signal.

impudent strumpet said...

Oops, doggie upstairs just howled! Which is weird because we have really good soundproofing (I can only just barely hear doggie upstairs howl) and I didn't have my volume up very loud at all.

laura k said...

Imp Strump, you are the #1 reason I posted this here. :)

Here's the howling story. Some years ago, we were away and our dogsitter sent us a video of Tala howling. Dogsitter had been playing YouTube vids of huskies howling, and Tala started howling in response! Dogsitter put Tala on YouTube: here.

So ever since then, we've known that Tala would howl in response to howling. Then...

allan said...

OMG, they can harmonize and everything! Are they howling at something, or just singing? Do they do that a lot?

They do it just about every morning, I think. Often around 9 AM (we are both in our offices and they are alone). I don't think there is anything outside prompting them. Diego will often make some throat-clearing noises (like he does early in this one), obviously trying to get Tala going. They will sometimes do it in the afternoon, too, though not very often.

laura k said...

Over the summer all four of us went to London, ON, to visit our friends David Heap and Stephanie K, who comments here. They have a dog, too, and we were all hanging out, and for some reason we wanted to demo how Tala howls. So all the humans started howling. Tala joined right in, and Diego got all excited, doing these crazy high pitched barks... until he finally got the hang of it and howled, too!

So we knew they could and would both howl. Then...

allan said...

The first time it happened with the both of them, Diego really couldn't howl at all. He managed some woo-woo-woo noises, but it took him a couple of rounds to get the hang of it! Now his mouth goes into that distinctive shape (as does Tala's) that howling wolves get when they throw their heads back.

laura k said...

One morning a few weeks ago, Tala and Diego were barking at something, and the barking turned into howling. It went on a long time! I was upstairs at my desk, Allan was in the basement at his desk, and we both crept in to listen. It was hilarious, we loved it.

Ever since then, they have been howling every day, at least once a day, sometimes twice a day. It's clear they really enjoy it. I can tell that one of them starts and eggs the other on.

And yes, just like when they play, they both stop, pause, then both start up again.

We've wanted to video it, but every time I come in the room, they stop! I swear they look around like, la-de-dah, nothing to see here, who us, howling? Oh no...

laura k said...

Oops, I see Allan and I were both typing at the same time again.

Yes, as A says, Diego had to learn how to do this. Now that he is a good howler, he seems to love it.

laura k said...

Oops, doggie upstairs just howled! Which is weird because we have really good soundproofing (I can only just barely hear doggie upstairs howl) and I didn't have my volume up very loud at all.

Dogs have crazy good hearing. (And smell, but that wouldn't apply to video.) Their hearing is different than ours, it is sensitive to different frequencies. I'm guessing dog hearing hears other dogs very well.

laura k said...

And howl for slow cooker dinners! :)

Update coming soon in the slow-cooker thread!

Stephanie said...

Oh I LOVE when Diego does the "how-wow-ow" part. Makes me giggle just like when they were here. :D

laura k said...

OMG that was so funny. We were all out of breath from laughing so hard. It's like he's psyching himself up to howl.