|Barked: Sat Sep 1, '12 5:41am PST |
|Vance purred. He would lean against me, gaze up at me and do this low, throaty rumble. It was lovely, but yeah, dogs don't really purr so most people thought he was growling. I have also heard him purr at air conditioners and nice beds.
His actual, "I've had it go f-yourself" growl was fairly high-pitched and clear (as growls go). It was always accompanied by a wrinkled nose and full set of teeth. I only heard him do it to a human once, and the guy totally deserved it. If he was ready to lose it, the tip of his tongue would poke through his front teeth. That was my cue that the situation had progressed beyond what he felt he could diffuse on his own and I needed to save him.
He had all sorts of very elaborate vocalizations on top of those. There was the "I'm here don't run into me" growl that became more prevalent after losing his eye, the "I'm annoyed but not really mad" growl, the bitching - there's no other word for it - with the full teeth that meant he was mad but not so mad he needed to start growling because there's a chance you might still realize how stupid you were being with a lecture...
I'd say he had one of, if not the most elaborate vocal languages I have ever encountered in a dog. And it did get him in trouble. Dogs who knew him knew that he just made a ton of noise, but I frequently had to save him from new dogs that were offended or scared.
Ember growls constantly during play. I actually warn people before I let her off leash. She runs full-tilt going "HURRRhuHURRRRR..." for no clear purpose. It must just be fun. She makes as many sounds as Vance did, but hers are much less constructive.
The only thing she's legit growled over are buffalo bones, and another dog has to walk straight up on her crate for that to happen.
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