You've probably heard a plethora of screaming goats
, but now here's Cody the screaming dog, putting them all to shame. At first we thought this couldn't be real, but this happy pup seems to delight in making the most human-sounding noises we've ever heard coming out of the mouth of a dog.
Encouraged to vocalize by his nurturing master, Cody's howling instinct kicks into high gear, emitting a noise that will wake the dead and scare the neighbors. Be sure to warn them no one is in distress here — it's just Cody, the screaming dog.
Is Cody suffering? Judging from his tail that's obviously in continuous wagging mode, no. Is Cody suffering? Judging from his tail that's obviously in continuous wagging mode, no. As a dog owner who was once lucky enough to be friends with a dog who instinctively howled when hearing the sound of a harmonica, I often wondered if dogs
' howling was a sign of ear pain. But my dog seemed to delight in the harmonica sessions, and he'd be demonstrably disappointed when I'd put the harp back in my pocket.
Dogs are pack animals, and howling is their own little form of social media. Think of it as doggie texting, which resembles much of human texting. "I'm here," says one dog, adding, "Where you at?" Responds another, "I'm here! Where you at?" Sounds familiar.
Now the dog/human link comes full circle, with Cody the screaming dog perfectly imitating the yell of a person in pain, a mournful cry whose sound means something completely different coming from a human being.
One animal expert says soon we won't have to wonder what animals are saying when they bark or howl — we'll just ask them. According to The Atlantic
, Northern Arizona University researcher Con Slobodchikoff already deciphered what prairie dogs are saying to each other, and will soon be able to converse with dogs and cats.
Said Slobodchikoff to The Atlantic, "We have the technology now to be able to develop the devices that are, say, the size of a cellphone, that would allow us to talk to our dogs and cats. So the dog says 'bark!' and the device analyzes it and says, 'I want to eat chicken tonight.' Or the cat can say 'meow,' and it can say, "You haven't cleaned my litterbox recently."
Or we could just settle for comic artist Gary Larson's explanation in his classic comic
where a scientist's "canine decoder" makes him the first human being to understand what dogs are saying when they bark and howl: "Hey! Hey! Hey! H e y y y y y y y y! Hey hey hey!"