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Letters: Hound; Low Voice

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Letters: Hound; Low Voice

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Melissa Block reads emails from listeners.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

And finally this hour, your letters. Yesterday, we heard an essay from Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh about her canine companion named Hound and the grief she felt after he died.

ANNMARIE KELLY, Host:

I am torn between being glad he's at peace and hoping he haunts me, not unlike a dog version of Patrick Swayze in "Ghost." Dogs love us like we wish we could love others. They are faithful where we are feckless. For as long as they are able, they endure.

BLOCK: Well, that essay touched many of our listeners, including Brian Green of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He writes, dogs teach us so much about unconditional love, about living in the moment, about the purity of inhabiting a world of physicality and sensation, about not over intellectualizing everything, about keeping our personal world small and manageable, about the utter integrity of doggie-ness. Thank you for this.

Though admittedly more of a cat person, Keith Hattick(ph) of San Francisco was moved, too, so much so that he asks for a heads up next time. He writes this. A grown man has no place nearly coming to tears at work, hoping nobody suddenly visits his cubicle for fear of humiliation.

Also yesterday, we told you about a new study that found the deeper a man's voice, the more likely women are to remember what he says. Well, that reminded Joann Lee Frank in Clearwater, Florida of a beloved song, "Speak Low," from the 1943 musical, "One Touch of Venus."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SPEAK LOW")

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (Singing) Speak low. When you speak low...

BLOCK: Speak low or high. You'll always have our ear, so please do keep those letters coming. Go to NPR.org and click on Contact Us.

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