We suppose it’s an acquired taste, but to the folks who know dogs, and in particular, Coonhounds, the sound of hounds baying is like a concerto.

Coonhounds are known for their distinctive “drawling” bark, also known as a “bay,” or “giving tongue,” and for a Coonhound affectionado, a dog in “full cry” is a wondrous sound. Lest you think think that this baying is a nuisance, oh goodness, you don’t know Coonhounds, or even hounds! Each dog has a distinctive bay that’s easily recognized by its owner, and in a group, the vocalizing of these dogs at bay allow hunters to be able follow the pack.  Think of it as  “Marco Polo,” hound style. Below, listen to 56 seconds of “Lucy,” a Redbone Coonhound, singing her aria:

Image of a Bluetick Coonhound giving tongue found on Pinterest and happily credited upon receipt of information

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