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II.1 The 'growl' group
These verbs indicate that an animal makes a noise. The prepositional phrase indicates who or what the noise is directed at.
bark bay growl howl mew screech snarl whimper
A small dog barked at a seagull he was chasing.
Somewhere in the streets beyond a dog suddenly howled, baying at the moon.
Bob once shaved off his beard. His dog growled at him, so he grew it back again.
But suddenly a tabby cat leaped out of the tussocky tangle and mewed at them.
Even if your dog does not whimper at fireworks it doesn't mean he's happy.