Even An Old Dog Still Has Its Bay John Week of Hawaii has a 13-year-old pooch that is simply too old to yowl with abandon. But a few years back, Week recorded his the growls and howls of his Labrador retriever -- a reminder of younger, yappier days.

Even An Old Dog Still Has Its Bay

Even An Old Dog Still Has Its Bay

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John Week of Hawaii has a 13-year-old pooch that is simply too old to yowl with abandon. But a few years back, Week recorded his the growls and howls of his Labrador retriever — a reminder of younger, yappier days.

John Week's beloved pet Kekoa. John Week hide caption

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John Week's beloved pet Kekoa.

John Week

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

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Mr. JOHN WEEK (Hawaiian resident): My name is John Week, and I live in the small town of Waimea on the island of Hawaii. Several years ago, I was experimenting with a new microphone I had bought and I was recording ambient sound in the Hawaiian upland rainforest area where I was living at the time. And one evening I heard a dog, one of the neighborhood dogs that would occasionally serenade us in the community, singing off in the distance, and so I decided to start recording.

(Soundbite of crickets)

(Soundbite of dog in background)

(Soundbite of dog in foreground)

Mr. WEEK: Now that little noise you heard just now is my dog kind of muttering in the foreground. He's in the front yard. You can hear the drops of rain coming off my roof and landing on the big-leafed plants around my front porch.

(Soundbite of dog in foreground)

Mr. WEEK: And there's Kekoa muttering again. And now another dog's going to join in. And now listen to what happens when my neighbor slams a door.

(Soundbite of dog barking)

Mr. WEEK: And now the full chorus joins in.

(Soundbite of dogs howling)

Mr. WEEK: And as quickly as it started, it was over, except for a final comment from Kekoa. I've kept this recording because my dog Kekoa's a big, black retriever, and he doesn't photograph well. He's 13 years old now and doesn't do much singing anymore, or much of anything else for that matter. And so this is my memento of him.

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