Do Pets Love Music?

November 6, 2012
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Singing Kitty‘If music be the food of love play on’….. I’m sure we all know that famous line from Shakespeare and it serves to remind us that as human beings we are constantly moved and emotionally influenced by music. No secret there. But what about our pets? How do animals experience music and does it have an effect on them? Well, you are about to find out….

Don’t let those studded collars and angry growls fool you… new research finds rescue dogs prefer Mozart to Motorhead

Studded collars might suggest otherwise, but new a new study shows dogs prefer classical music to heavy metal. Research from Colorado State University found dogs in animal shelters were less likely to bark and more likely to sleep when played the likes of Mozart or Beethoven.

Heavy metal, by contrast, was found to have the opposite effect, inducing nervous shaking and barking, and stopping the canines getting any sleep. The findings have implications for welfare of animals in stressful environments and could lead to new guidelines for the care of dogs in shelters.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2228773/Dont-let-studded-collars-angry-growls-fool–new-research-finds-rescue-dogs-prefer-Mozart-Motorhead.html#ixzz2BTlIGlJO

The interesting facts in the article above show that animals love certain types of music – or do they? Perhaps they are just sensitive to different types of noise levels and also react differently to high pitched sounds than they would to low pitched sounds? Or perhaps we are not giving our furry friends enough credit – they could be a lot more intelligent than we think and science may yet prove that pets have the ability to distinguish good music from bad.
This next story is really heart warming and comes from the city of London where a stray cat has adopted a busker on the streets of the city. Read on if you want to know how this duo made music together…..

How Bob the busking cat is heading to Hollywood: The enchanting bestselling story of a stray moggy who saved a man’s life is set to be a movie

It all began five-and-a-half years ago, on a grey Thursday evening in March, when James found Bob, starving and wounded, on the stairwell of his block of council flats in Tottenham, North London.

‘He was hiding in my building — he had been attacked by another cat, or maybe a fox. He had a great big wound on his side, the poor thing.’

Struggling to wean himself off drugs, James was initially reluctant to take in the poor creature. ‘I assumed he belonged to someone. I asked around, but there was no one.’ After three days, James cleaned his wounds and took him to the RSPCA for a course of antibiotics…..

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227639/James-Bowen-Best-selling-true-story-busker-got-life-track-thanks-stray-cat-film.html#ixzz2BTpxwT9U

What an amazing story about two down-and-out individuals who found each other – one a stray, lonely cat, and the other a sad, lost human being. Together they found a reason to exist again and forged a lasting friendship built via the medium of music and a mutual love and respect for each other.
And those of you who doubt the intelligence and bravery of our canine friends had better read this next story about a dog that served his master with great distinction for many years….

Meet the police dog with a real taste for criminals: Janus has secured 440 arrests in just four years

With 440 arrests in four years, he could never be accused of softly-softly policing. Not least because, as his admiring colleagues put it, he just loves ‘sinking his teeth into criminals’. But all good things come to an end and now Janus, a Belgian Malinois police dog, is retiring at the grand old age of nine and a half.

The officer and Janus have been nominated for numerous awards in the West Midlands including two Chief Constable Commendations – the force’s  highest accolade – and three local policing commendations.

‘You could tell he really loved the job,’ said PC Thomas. ‘A walk with Janus always had to involve some training as he wants to stay active and not just go for a stroll. ‘Janus been involved in some  fantastic arrests and used his search skills to uncover a huge array of stolen property and evidence that’s led to convictions.’

It’s obvious that the bond between us humans and our furry friends can be forged in many different ways but always seems to have one common thread – they are always friendships built on trust, respect and understanding. Perhaps some lessons can be learned from this when we as humans struggle to relate with and interact on a meaningful basis with other humans?


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