This made me smile Bags, thanks for that. I am about to set off with my dogs for a long walk, before it gets too hot (it's never too hot is it). I know that the link between domesticated dogs and wolves is the subject of endless debate but I find it so easy to accept that it's possible to identify which wolf is "speaking". Our labradoodle is very vocal, she isn't a barker particularly, though will let us know if anyone is approaching the door, but vocalises when she's pleased with life. As she is pleased with life much of the time, we have a background of throaty comments from her much of the time.
My basset talks and grumbles constantly. She reminds me of Spotty Dog in the Woodentops. She's patrolling by the glass back door now and I'll know by her growls and mutters when a squirrel breaches her security cordon and has the temerity to come into her garden. Nice to have a dog with a mission!