Meet Buddy. Buddy Mercury. Freddie's animal kin?
How much joy does music bring to everyday life? Well, just check out his tail. And his soulfulness!
From a Mental Floss article http://mentalfloss.com/article/70539/7-scientific-studies-about-how-animals-react-music
"Music is pretty universally enjoyed ... when it comes to people. Animals, on the other hand, have diverse reactions to tunes. For every Ronan the head-bopping sea lion, there are plenty of creatures that can't keep the beat. Here are seven scientific discoveries about how some animals react to music, either created by humans or themselves."
From the Journal of Veterinary Behavior to the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science, there's some interesting work being done. Is music something inherently human, or can our animal friends appreciate it too?
See this for further background https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoomusicology
What do you leave playing for your pet when you leave the house? When my brother-in-law takes care of my wayward greyhound, he swears talk radio keeps her calm. I swear she likes jazz stations when at home. Maybe it's mood. Maybe it's not. Maybe we project our preferences on them, and maybe they associate that with us.
Maybe it's just noise. Maybe one day we'll find out. In the meantime, Buddy looks pretty happy.