The Dog does not seem to care one way or another. The Cat likes most music except Ethel Merman.
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Musicdoc, boy isn't that the truth. I got one that literally doesn't breathe for the all of 16 seconds it takes her to eat her food. I don't get too close for fear of losing a digit while it's going down, but she doesn't like music I don't think. The other of my hounds does whatever I do and if that means Motorhead on 11 then that's what it means.
The best is both of them trying to find the dog in the speakers when they hear one barking in a movie. They go nuts. They also like the sounds of wild-creatures in the nature shows I put on from time to time, like the crocodile chaser show, or the one where they show man-eating lions of Tsavo eating all the Indians. We all love it.
My dog literally howls/screams, whether in pain or ecstasy or empathy or trying to make her own music, I can't tell, whenever any recording w/harmonica comes on at home or in the car. Bob Dylan songs really KILL her, I am hoping she loves the sound because she tries so hard to emulate it. But someone suggested that maybe it hurt her ears. She hasn't said, either way. She is a black Lab named Scallywag.
J_thunders, does your "chowhound" pup happen to be an AmStaff? Mine has a whole different set of priorities than does my ex-girlfriend's Lab/Rotweiler mix. He actually pays attention to things (TV, music) while she has the priorities of an insatiable appetite for affection/attention, eating, sleeping, pooping, rolling in other animal's poop, and barking (not necessarily in that order).
I'll try the "nature sounds" thing to freak her out :-)
One Saturday morning I'm sitting back in the listening chair with my eyes closed enjoying some Mozart, don't remember which piece. My wife walks in the room and starts laughing. What's so funny I ask. She points down at the floor and there are both Joey and Freddie our cocketiels facing the speakers and apparently actually listening to the music. They wouldn't tell me if they liked it or not but a pair of birds to be that attentive and quiet for me to not even realize they were around I can only guess they did :*)
Gator, a 185 lb. Old English Mastiff LIKED the Judas Priest song "Hell Bent for Leather". Fortunately, my tastes in music have slightly matured since then. He would howl everytime it played. If it were in pain, I doubt he would come in the house from the back yard to join in. This was back in 1985 or so.... The dog is long gone, as in the system I had at the time. But whenever I hear the song, I can hear him harmonizing. Ha!
For what it is worth, I agree with the Manie Coon cat on the Ramones.
The only animal we have is a guinea pig, belongs to my 15 year old son. Mr. Hobbs (the guinea) sits as peaceful as a stone, until my son cranks up his tube amp and Fender Strat. The guinea then circles the cage at light speed squealing in his high pitched voice, as though the "bad" animals were on the way to eat him.