Request for Your Healing Energy During My Surgery Today

I’m going to cut to the chase, because I am writing this with my left hand only. Well, Siri is helping too.

I had an accident on June 27. I fell and broke my hand and finger. I’m having surgery Thursday afternoon, July 13. There are multiple fractures in my ring finger of my right hand. While it’s a complex surgery, I am very confident in my hand surgeon, and have the utmost confidence in a full recovery. Obviously, my deepest desire is to regain my ability to play the piano at the level I have always been capable. My heart and soul wants nothing less. Continue reading

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5 Tips for Hiring a Dog Sitter

Guest post by Courtney Heitter from Rover.com.

For many people, summer is the season of travel. There are so many places to see, whether by car, train, or airplane. With this happy season comes anxiety about your dog–where will he go when you travel? It’s important that your dog has a good time on his own vacation and that he’s safe, with any special requirements met. Continue reading

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7 Simple Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks

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July 4th is quickly approaching. It can be a fun holiday for children and adults, but most dogs don’t share their enthusiasm. In fact, almost all people with dogs in the U.S. declare this day the worst day of the year for their dogs. Veterinarians say July 3rd is usually the most trafficked day in their offices, with clients coming in to get drugs for their dogs. July 5th tends to be the busiest day of the year for shelters. Dogs become Houdini when they hear fireworks and escape from their yards that appear perfectly secure other days of the year. Continue reading

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A Letter to My Dog On Her 8th Birthday

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Eight already? Really? With your puppy energy and petite size, people think you’re 8-months-old, not years. Yet, I’ve witnessed an emotional maturity in you these past couple of months that’s new.

No, I’m not talking about your new grey furs under your chin. We’ve both been through a lately… Continue reading

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In Celebration of a Dog’s Life Well Lived

Words can’t express how grateful I am for all the support I have received these past six weeks. It’s so comforting to be surrounded by an army of dog lovers that speak the same language and just get it. I’ve found great healing when reading all the heartfelt comments on my tribute to Sanchez and in personal emails and Facebook posts.Thank you!

Today would have been Sanchez’s 14th birthday. While I had been hoping to be partying with him, I am instead honoring him by celebrating his life. It was one well lived. Continue reading

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iCalmDog Contest Winner(s) AND a Gift For All

I’m overwhelmed with all 100 responses on my blog post. Readers share how their dogs would benefit from iCalmDog, the natural solution to canine anxiety… anywhere! Continue reading

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Win an iCalmDog… Proven Canine Sound Therapy!

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It was so fascinating reading the results of our first iCalmDog Survey. Over 90% of iCalmDog users have referred it to their friends and/or clients. And, over half play iCalmDog daily. Most popular portable uses are in the car, at the vet, while traveling, and at agility trials and dog shows. Continue reading

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In Memory of Sanchez, My Muse and Our Mascot

Sanchez entered my home and my heart at 4-months-old. He was a puppy in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind, and I was a volunteer puppy raiser. He came pretty close to passing all the guide dog phases. But, when he didn’t, I was happy to adopt him. I promised him the best life a dog could have, and that he had. What I didn’t know then was what a great life he was going to give me, and many others. He was to be of great service, but not in the way that was planned by his guide dog breeding and training. Continue reading

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10 Reasons Dogs Make The Best Valentine’s Date

When you are single on February 14th, all the romantic advertising can make you feel that you need a date on Valentine’s Day to be happy. But, the truth is, your best Valentine’s date is already greeting you at the door when you come home, he just might happen to have four legs.

I’ll be snuggling with my dogs, Sanchez and Gina, on Valentine’s Day, and here’s why I’m happy to have the best date ever! Continue reading

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iCalmDog 3.0 Winner(s) Announced AND A Gift For All

A month ago, I published a blog post titled Win an iCalmDog… It Stopped Border Collie’s Barking in 20 Seconds Flat! The post included a video I had taken at Cynosport World Agility Games. The barking Border Collie, Nim, quiets in 20 seconds flat after I brought over an iCalmDog 3.0, the portable solution to canine anxiety. I left it playing in front of his crating area.

As Beth Talmage said in a youtube comment, “That video tells the story better than any commentary could!” Continue reading

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Win an iCalmDog… It Stopped Border Collie’s Barking in 20 Seconds Flat!

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The barking Border Collie in our crating area at Cynosport World Agility Games was driving me (and everyone around me) crazy. So, I asked the BC’s handler if I could bring over my iCalmDog 3.0 to see if the clinically tested music reduced his barking. I have to admit, Nim’s barking was so intense that I wasn’t even sure it would work, but watch what happened in 20 seconds flat… Continue reading

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Deepening the Human-Animal Bond Through Music

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Sanchez and Gina lay by the piano every time I practice my concert repertoire. And, other times, I play music especially designed for dogs for them. There have been some very tender times involving music. But, a shared music experience with Gina in 2013 was one of the most connecting moments of my life. I experienced the human-animal bond at a profound and deep level. Time stood still as we listened to music together. Continue reading

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Can Music Really Heal Your Dog?

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Four years ago, Sanchez was experiencing intense neck pain. My holistic veterinarian doesn’t have x-ray machines, so I took him to a neighboring clinic that does. I was told he would need to be sedated unless he could lay completely still on his back for the x-ray. Not only was this a clinic that was new for him, but the veterinarian didn’t exactly have a calming presence. And, I wasn’t allowed to go into the x-ray room with Sanchez. Continue reading

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5 Reasons My 13-Year-Old Dog Still Has Full Hearing Range

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I grew up with a rather excitable Cocker Spaniel named Doodle. When I started playing the piano at age seven, she’d come lay by my pedal foot and fall asleep. Even in her senior years when deaf, as soon as I started playing the piano, Doodle would come from any part of the house and lay down near the piano. She must have loved the vibrations. Later on, my Golden, Byron (R.I.P.), also lost most of his hearing in his senior years. Since most of my friend’s senior dogs also went partially or fully deaf, I just thought that was normal. Continue reading

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Feeling Guilty While Caring for My Senior Dog

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My 13 and 1/2 year old Lab, Sanchez, has been recovering from an E. Coli infection. It was touch and go for awhile. While I was waiting for lab results back after a few weeks of treatment, I didn’t know whether he just needed a diet change or if it was our final days together. I was on a complete emotional roller coaster. Continue reading

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Tail Waggin’ Dog Agility (with video)

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My agility addiction started so innocently.

Years ago, when Sanchez was career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I knew I needed to find a job for him. I just thought agility would be a fun activity to enjoy together. I never imagined Continue reading

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Celebrating Musical Dogs on National Dog Day

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August 26th is National Dog Day! While every day is a reason to celebrate dogs in our lives, I decided to go searching for musical dogs. Here’s what I found….

Rescue dogs plays the organ. Uh-oh. Did she play a wrong note? Continue reading

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5 Easy Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

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It’s that time of year again… the kids are going back to school after an action packed summer. It’s been fun for the children, and Buster has been so happy with the extra attention and playtime. Then one day, his world changes. The house is empty and he’s left home alone.

The stress of suddenly being alone may cause… Continue reading

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Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday or Gotcha Day?

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According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cat’s birthdays.

And, according to Nationwide Pet Insurance, $50 billion a year is spent on gifts for our pets. Wow!

In contrast, an article in Psychology Today by Stanley Coren, PhD, referred to an online survey by Kelton Research. Of 1,000 people tested,

81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays Continue reading

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8 Steps to Enriching Your Senior Dog’s Life

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I can hardly believe that my yellow Labrador, Sanchez, is now 13 years old. I count my blessings that he is in good health and still enjoys our twice daily walks. But, I’m also aware that he can’t keep up to his activity level from even a year ago, let alone in his prime. I’m always looking for ways to provide mental stimulation to his environment without physically taxing his body.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said to me, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? I am the single provider for two dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I usually think of them as my companion animals, not my children, even though others may see me as a crazy pet parent, with my children being of the furry sort. Continue reading

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6 Ways to Love Your Dog on National Love Your Pet Day

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Earlier this week, I dropped off my senior dog, Sanchez, at the vet for dental surgery. I had a hard time saying goodbye to him, but I was comforted when I was able to leave him with his own iCalmDog, playing music especially designed to comfort elderly dogs. When I asked the nurse if she would make sure his music went with him everywhere—both pre- and post-surgery—she said, “Sure. It’s so sweet that you really love your dog so much.” February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what that means. Continue reading

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When Dogs Bring Us The Best News!

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Sometimes the best things in life happen through synchronicity. In my world, those things often involve dogs.

I am an Airbnb host, and over the Christmas holiday my guest was a senior reporter for the Sacramento Bee. When visiting my home, it’s pretty obvious that my life is all about music and dogs. She inquired about my career as a canine music expert and mentioned that it would make a great story. Within a week, she sent over a reporter and photographer/ videographer. It culminated in a very fun interview and video recording session. Continue reading

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5 Simple New Year’s Resolutions To Improve Your Dog’s Life

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When we think of New Year’s resolutions, we often think of changes in our lives we’ve been trying to make for years. Often they are massive changes. But, in reality, sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference over time. The same can be said for changes we make in our dog’s lives. These five resolutions are simple and will be enjoyed by you just as much as Buster. And you will be improving both of your lives in the process. Continue reading

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5 Stress Busting Tips for Dogs During The Holidays (with video)

December is my most stressful month of the year, and I’m not even much of a holiday shopper. Regardless, traffic intensifies, crowds expand, my workload increases, and my patience decreases.

The holiday season can be equally—if not more—stressful for our dogs. In addition to feeling the stress of their humans, holidays are also usually filled with changes to their daily routines and unfamiliar visitors, which can create anxious, stressed out dogs. Continue reading

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Costumes For Dogs: Yea or Nay?

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In recent years, pets have become part of our families. There is a wealth of good information readily available about their health and behaviors, they often sleep with us, we take them on our vacations and we might even call ourselves pet parents. But, unlike our human children, they don’t understand the concept of Halloween or dressing in costumes to pretend they are someone else. Some dogs (and even less cats) can tolerate wearing costumes. Others may even enjoy the extra attention if their costume is comfortable. But, many can’t. They don’t like their paws being touched and put through sleeves, don’t like hats on their head and aren’t comfortable with anything that restricts their natural movement. Continue reading

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Playing Piano for Gina on her 5-Year ‘Gotcha Day’

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Five years ago today, I adopted Gina. It’s hard to believe that I once thought she was the dog I never wanted. But, a wise soul once said, “you don’t get the dogs you want, you get the dogs you need.”

I remain forever grateful for this 44 pound package of pure joy and happiness that entered my life at the perfect time. She reminds me every day to just get out and play, and that is reason enough to be happy. Continue reading

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Do Dogs Belong In Concert Halls?

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Combining my talent and experience as a concert pianist with my love of dogs continues to fill my heart with enormous gratitude and joy as it improve the lives of dogs worldwide. Up to now, my music has mostly been accessible to dogs through recorded music ~ CDs, downloads, flash drives, and iCalmDogs. That is starting to change as I perform concerts and invite the dogs in. It starts… Continue reading

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How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Sound Sensitive?

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As a musician with a discerning ear, I’m ultra sound sensitive. When I enter a restaurant, I make my decision to stay for a meal based as much on the sound environment as the menu and atmosphere. I’ve also been known to go into sensory overload in large crowds with loud music playing.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a canine music expert or a sound sensitive human, but I’m always amazed by the number of sound sensitive dogs I meet whose caring, loving people are not aware of their dog’s fear of noises. So, it didn’t surprise me Continue reading

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5 Ways to Nurture Your Dog on National Spoil Your Dog Day

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We bring dogs into our human world because we love them with our hearts and souls. We ask them to adjust. Some do, many can’t. As responsible pet parents, it’s up to us to provide ways to help make our crazy human world more manageable for them.

Today is National Spoil Your Dog Day. While there are an infinite number of ways to spoil your dog, here are my suggestions for creating a well-balanced dog. I don’t regard any of these as spoiling your dog, but just treating Buster respectfully. Our dogs spend so much of their time observing us and fitting into our world, it’s equally important that we provide them the same appreciation. Continue reading

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6 Loving Ways To Comfort Your Senior Dog

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Now that Sanchez is 12-years-old and showing signs of slowing down, I think often about ways to comfort him. While I’m very blessed that he is in good health, it’s not unusual for senior dogs to lose memory, eyesight and experience hearing loss. Dogs also can experience some changes in behavior as they mature.
Serious behavior changes like resource guarding and separation anxiety developed later in life for him. I have heard from many people with senior dogs that get restless and agitated at night-time, yet they calmly sleep all day. It’s easy to feel helpless watching their discomfort, yet there are many simple things we can do to help. Continue reading

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10,000 Facebook Fans Rock… Calmly!

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I am so grateful to connect with 10,000+ dog lovin’, sound aware Facebook fans. I love hearing all about your dogs through this virtual space. And even better when I meet fans IRL (In Real Life). That happened last week, and it was all about a dog, actually this time …
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How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?

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We’ve been partying all week because my beloved Sanchez is 12 years old today, May 17. Yipee!!!

While all of the years went by too fast, I’m learning to cherish every moment. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Yet, he has the patience of a saint and is the world’s best teacher. And I am a crazy pet parent that would do anything to make his life more comfortable. Continue reading

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Do Dogs Really See With Their Noses?

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What would it be like to experience the world as a dog?

You might hear things you don’t normally hear (dogs can hear almost double the frequency that humans can), and you might not see as clearly as you do in a human body (dogs see fewer colors and less contrast).

But you’d experience a whole new world through your nose. Continue reading

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5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

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Being a responsible pet parent may have many different definitions. But, it is more than just loving your dog and meeting his basic needs. Being responsible means learning how to understand the world from your dog’s point of view. Dogs speak a different language than people, and they are constantly studying everything we do to understand our behaviors and language. Being responsible means understanding their language and ways of communicating. Continue reading

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What is a Beautiful World with Pets?

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Joshua Leeds and I recently enjoyed a delightful interview with Heather McElhatton at Minnesota Public Radio, for her show ‘A Beautiful World’. I was able to play music samples directly from my piano with Sanchez and Gina by my side. She asked heartfelt questions that reminded me why I started recording species-specific music over 10 years ago. Continue reading

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Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year?

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While it’s entertaining to think about for humans, very few, if any, dogs want to be naughty. I know it may appear he is misbehaving when you chase him around the house to get the santa stocking out of his mouth. But, to a dog, it’s simply a fun game, and the santa hat is no different than a favorite soft toy. In reality, Buster isn’t being naughty. He’s just being a dog. Continue reading

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All Dressed Up For The Holidays

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Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook fans recently shared these testimonials with photos of their dogs all dressed up for Christmas and Chanukah. Enjoy! Continue reading

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3 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

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Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. Halloween is now in the past, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved, but it might also be collecting bacteria. While it’s best they don’t eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. Pumpkin can help with the following pet ailments: Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from the Bumblebees

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You’ve probably seen Sanchez and Gina snoozing under the piano when I’m playing Through a Dog’s Ear music. But, sometimes my fingers go flying on the keys while playing concert repertoire. Continue reading

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

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It can be very fun for children to dress up as ghouls and goblins. But, dogs don’t understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge number of children ringing the doorbell yelling “Trick or Treat” can cause excessive barking and put many dogs into sensory overload. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Hearing

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It’s extremely common for senior dogs to gradually lose their hearing, often until it’s completely diminished. However, there are many small changes we can make to our sound environment to help reduce their hearing loss. Continue reading

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Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?

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Animal pharmaceuticals are a booming business. Salon also reported that the pet pharmaceutical business has grown from $6.68 billion in 2011 to a projected $9.25 billion by 2015. Zoetis Inc., once a subsidiary of Pfizer, is at the top of the pharmaceutical chain, with yearly sales of Pfizer’s animal pharmaceuticals worth roughly $3.9 billion. Continue reading

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

As well as I thought I knew my Labrador, Gina, she even surprised me recently during this recent run at an AKC agility trial. It never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to learn from my dogs. Here’s what Gina taught me in 33 seconds: Continue reading

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Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez!

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Today is Sanchez’s 11th Birthday!

I don’t know how my puppy is 11 already, but I am eternally grateful that Sanchez is in great health on his 11th birthday.

I’m very aware of the challenges of having a senior pet. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Continue reading

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5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Canine Household

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April was National Stress Awareness Month. As humans we have a multitude of choices regarding ways to reduce our overall stress level, including taking yoga classes, drinking green tea, meditating, keeping a gratitude journal, etc. But, how about our dogs? Continue reading

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My Dog’s First Piano Recital

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April Fools! Sanchez didn’t really play the piano on this one, as much as he loves being center stage. In fact, no dogs here. Just sharing some music humor.

Just because I’m a Juilliard graduate and a concert pianist, it doesn’t mean I’m always serious. In fact, I’ve been known to even try my hand Continue reading

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Ready to Hit It Out of the Ballpark!

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As you can see, Sanchez is getting a little tired. He really wants to see iCalmDog make it to the finals of the Product Pitch contest, which takes place at Fenway Park in Boston. But, we really need your help. Continue reading

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Is Your Dog Your Sweetheart?

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In a poll taken of 3,000 British dog and cat owners, 19 percent stated that they would rather have a pet than be involved in a romantic partnership. For 81 percent of the dog owners polled, it would be an instant deal breaker if Continue reading

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My Most Emotional Moment of 2013

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Sanchez is 10 years old and went through some scary times in 2012 due to a slipped disc in his neck. I’m familiar with feelings of worrying about a dog in their double digits. Worrying about my young Lab, however, was completely foreign to me, until June of 2013. Continue reading

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The Saga of the New Dog Bed

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1) Spontaneously purchased a new dog bed because Sanchez could use the extra support. And, well… it was a very good price that I couldn’t resist.

2) Stuffed it into the passenger seat, since the entire rest of the car was … Continue reading

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Paying Tribute to Freedom Dogs on Veteran’s Day

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Freedom Dogs offers custom-trained specialty service dogs to wounded members of the military returning from armed conflict. Their mission is to create a way to speed the recovery and enhance the lives of wounded military heroes through the use of specialty-trained service dogs.

Freedom Dogs’ trainers are always interested in methods that enhance their training of these very special dogs Continue reading

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Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on Halloween

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It can be very fun for children to dress up and pretend to be a different character. But, dogs don’t understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge number of children ringing the doorbell and yelling “Trick or Treat” can cause excessive barking and put many dogs into sensory overload. In my early adult years Continue reading

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10 Signs You Speak Woof

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When I’m asked what languages I speak, I often want to answer “Woof”. After all, I spend a great deal of time communicating with my own dogs, helping improve the lives of dogs I don’t know, and understanding dog body language and behavior. So, why isn’t “Woof” a language? Continue reading

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Music to Comfort Senior Dogs? Tenderly!

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Like many dog lovers, I have a very tender place in my heart for senior dogs. When I first began working on the initial Through a Dog’s Ear project, I had a thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever named Byron. Only one year later, his memorial picture was on the piano as I recorded the first compositions. Byron was such a loving inspiration for me.

Shortly after he passed, I became a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and fell in love with Continue reading

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Top 8 Reasons Your Dog Needs an iPawd

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6. He wants to enjoy his own tunes, clinically demonstrated to calm dogs, when he’s in his crate. Continue reading

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What Dogs Teach Us About Time

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I went on a mini-retreat recently with my luv. It’s pretty rare that I go on vacation without my dogs. My original plan was to leave only Sanchez with a dog sitter. There are a gazillion steps to get to the beach from the cabin, and while Sanchez has recovered well from a slipped disc in his neck, a multitude of steep steps would surely cause a re-injury.

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High Tech Gadgets for Pets (Win an iCalmDog)

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The technology age may have been created by humans, but why shouldn’t pets also benefit? After all, Buster’s iPawd may relieve his canine anxiety issues, and Fluffy’s litter box could actually save her life.

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Can You Help Me Win a Trip to Barkworld?

How does a Juilliard graduate, concert pianist get to Carnegie Hall? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! How does a canine music expert, pet blogger get to Barkworld 2013?

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Does Your Dog Love to Kiss?

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Yesterday was World Kiss Day. While this holiday was started in the U.K. for humans, I wondered why dogs didn’t join the celebration. I know not everyone appreciates dog slobber all over their face. But, personally, I relish kisses from my dogs. Sanchez gives them out sparingly, so I’ll take them as I can get them.

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Helping Fearful Fido During Fireworks

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July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day Continue reading

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Happy 10th Birthday Sanchez!

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Today is Sanchez’s 10th Birthday!

This birthday feels different from all others. While I’ve celebrated all of his birthdays, this one is not like previous ones. I’ve known too many dogs who didn’t make it to their 10th birthday, and I’m aware that it’s a milestone and a blessing. And it is also a reminder … Continue reading

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Do Your Pets Sleep With You?

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An article in WebMD reported on a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. It turns out that “nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found… Continue reading

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Confessions From a Crazy Pet Parent

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Today, April 28, is National Pet Parent’s Day®. VPI Pet Insurance started celebrating the holiday five years ago to help honor people with pets who consider them part of their family. I have to admit, even though my dogs are my family, I don’t … Continue reading

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Music to Inspire Human Creativity

I am a sound sensitive human. When I walk into a restaurant, if the sonic environment is too loud, I often leave or ask to be seated in a quiet area. Just like a dog, I can easily go into sensory overload and shut down when… Continue reading

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Moose Calms Down with… Puppy Music?

I bet you thought this was an April Fools’ joke! Moose really did calm down listening to Music to Calm your Puppy. But, Moose is actually not a moose.

Moose is… Continue reading

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Do NOT Play This at Home For Your Dogs

While I record music specially designed for dogs, Sanchez and Gina experience the full range of my concert repertoire. In addition to the slowed down, simplified classical arrangements on the Through a Dog’s Ear recordings, I am often practicing music that is loud, fast, and lively. Keep in mind… Continue reading

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Free Irish Reel Download on St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not Irish, and I don’t have an Irish Setter, but I know enough about St. Patrick’s Day to know that lively music is more appropriate for this holiday than the calming music of Through a Dog’s Ear.

Well, you are in luck! Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Keep Calm and Listen to Music

Muttville dogs listen to Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine. Does music help you stay calm? How about your dogs? Continue reading

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And the Oscar for Best Dog in a Feature Film Goes to…

Uggie may have gotten all of the attention at last year’s Academy Awards, but Sanchez and Gina are walking the red carpet this year! They are overwhelmed with all of the nominations from Through a Dog’s Ear fans.

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Nightly Rituals with Dogs

Truth be told, I am a late night owl and Sanchez and Gina aren’t. They usually go to sleep hours before me. By the time I retire, I listen to Through a Dog’s Ear music to help me fall asleep, not them. Continue reading

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Dog Mounting: Is It About Sex?

Humping behavior in dogs is often anthropomorphized and misunderstood. It may look like sex to humans, but unless it’s an intact male that is mounting a female dog in heat, it’s usually about dominance behavior and/or stress, not sex. Continue reading

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10 Dog Training Tips

January is National Train your Dog Month. My readers know that I’m an advocate of humane, positive, science based dog training. Every Tuesday on the Through a Dog’s Ear Facebook page is called “Training Tip Tuesday”. I ask fans and training experts to chime in with their training tips. Here are some of my favorites: Continue reading

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If Our Dogs Made Our New Year’s Resolutions

I decided to let my dogs, Sanchez and Gina, make my new year’s resolutions for me this year. Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading

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Tail Waggin’ Christmas Videos

While your dogs are enjoying the gifts in their Christmas stockings, I hope you can take some time to enjoy some delightful Christmas videos featuring dogs joyfully working….. Continue reading

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Homemade Dog Treats for Holiday Gifts (with recipes)

I rarely make cookies for humans, so it was quite unusual for me to make treats for my dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I received this recipe for “Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats from ProtectYourBubble.com at Barkworld, and it looked so easy that I gave it a try. Now, I can’t believe that I didn’t start making my own dog treats sooner. Taking an hour out of my hectic day to … Continue reading

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Healing with Holistic Veterinary Care

Sanchez had been having neck problems for a few months. When I first noticed the problem, the symptoms were acute, appeared very suddenly after little activity, and were very worrisome. At the worst flare-up one weekend… Continue reading

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Jumping Through Hoops for Shelters and Rescues

Through a Dog’s Ear recently held our 3rd annual word game. The five day event involved participants unscrambling a daily word, while downloading a free music track from one of our recordings. The object of the game was to unscramble all five words, put them in a five word sentence, and submit an entry as soon as the final word was revealed. Continue reading

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Tips to Calm Dogs During the Holiday Season

December is my most stressful month of the year, and I’m not even much of a holiday shopper (in fact, I make a commitment to not even enter a shopping mall between Thanksgiving and Christmas). But, regardless, traffic intensifies everywhere I drive, crowds expand wherever I go, my workload increases, and my patience decreases.

The holiday season can be equally—if not more—stressful for our pets. Continue reading

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Celebrating 6,000 Facebook Fans !!!

At 5:22 pm PST yesterday, 6,000 fans had “liked” the Through a Dog’s Ear facebook page. I’m honored and delighted, apparently Sanchez is too! Facebook has been a way of connecting with…. Continue reading

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Will Work for Turkey

The picture above was taken a year ago. When I look at it, I reflect on how grateful and blessed I am for my dogs, Sanchez and Gina. This year, I’m particularly appreciative, because Sanchez is recovering … Continue reading

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Helping Senior Dogs, Four Paws at a Time

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. When I think of senior homeless dogs, Sherri Franklin comes to mind. She is the founder of Muttville, a fabulous rescue organization whose mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice. Continue reading

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Reflecting on a FABULOUS Barkworld Experience!

A week ago, I was in Atlanta for Barkworld Expo. The fabulous learning and petworking opportunity feels like months ago, since it was pre-Superstorm Sandy devastation. However, writing this is helping me recall all of the fabulous experiences of Barkworld, including all the ways that I learned how to expand my dream of helping improve the lives of dogs worldwide. Continue reading

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The Story Behind Through a Dog’s Ear

Have you ever noticed that the best conversations happen around the kitchen table? Joshua Leeds and I were recently sitting at my kitchen table having lunch. We started reminiscing about how our meeting nearly 10 years ago inspired us to create Through a Dog’s Ear. Continue reading

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Gina’s “Gotcha Day” Two Year Anniversary!

Two years ago today I adopted Gina. Previously, I had always been a solo dog household and struggled with the decision to get a second dog for years. I’m so grateful that I worked through my fears, because adopting Gina … Continue reading

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Creative Uses of Sound Therapy for Canine Anxiety Issues

People often ask me why a concert pianist with a Juilliard degree is performing and recording music for dogs. Wouldn’t I prefer to have a concert career and be playing in Carnegie Hall? Believe it or not, the answer is no. Although I still love performing…. Continue reading

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Sanchez is Woofin’ about Lisa’s Marketplace

Senor Sanchez here. Lisa is out and I decided to steal the computer keyboard. Please excuse the typpos, as my paws are just a little too big for accuracy on the keyboardddddddd.

I have to hurry, before Lisa gets back, so I’ll be brief. But, I’ll share a few thoughts on why I LOVE the items in Lisa’s Marketplace… Continue reading

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Concerts for Dogs? Seriously?

Has my performing life gone to the dogs? You bet! I’m loving it, and dogs are barking for more! Combining my love of dogs with my music talent inspired the creation of Through a Dog’s Ear, music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Now, I’m combining my love of performing to a cross-species audience. Continue reading

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National Senior Pet Health Month

September is National Senior Pet Health Month! But when you have a senior dog that is considered part of your family, every day is about your dog’s health. As we all know, stress affects our lives and our health, and that works cross-species as well.

It is not unusual for Continue reading

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Helping Rescues…. Four Paws at a Time!

We love animal rescue groups. Unfortunately, they are chronically overbooked, understaffed, and seriously under-financed. And so, many of them come to Through a Dog’s Ear for donations of music for their facilities, foster homes, and to be sent home with adopted dogs. The clinically tested music helps increase adoption rates and provides Continue reading

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How Can I Help Pet Adoption?

Thanks for watching my video blog entry for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays ‘How Can I Help Pet Adoption? contest. The lucky winner receives an all expense trip to BarkWorld 2012 in Atlanta! Continue reading

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Rescue Dog Happiness

Today, July 23, bloggers around the world are participating in Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue, an initiative started by Be the Change for Animals to raise awareness on the importance of pet adoption. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Nationwide, only about 20 percent of dogs in homes come from shelters—the rest come from… Continue reading

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Sound Therapy = Thunderstorm Remedy

It’s thunderstorm season. While I’ve read that 20% of dogs are thunder-phobic, the number may actually be higher, as it doesn’t include people who have never sought treatment for their thunder-phobic dogs. After all, who would have ever known that treatment could be as simple as sound therapy? Honestly, even I wouldn’t have believed… Continue reading

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Fireworks for Fido? NOT

July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for them. Veterinarians say… Continue reading

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National Paw and Foot Day!

Today is National Paw and Foot Day!

SERIOUSLY???

National Paw and Foot Day?

Well…. I just made it up. But, it is Mashable’s third annual Social Media Day. And, after seeing Continue reading

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My Dog is Everything I Never Wanted!

Gina is three years old today! She’s now been a party of my canine family for a little over half of her life. I adopted Gina when she was 16 months old. Looking back Continue reading

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Do you Celebrate your Dog’s Birthday?

I’ve always celebrated all of my dog’s birthdays and remember them all to this day. No big birthday cake, but I always do something special to honor the occasion. It usually involves Continue reading

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Is Mother’s Day for Dog-Moms?

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!”

But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? Continue reading

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Paws Crossed for a Trip to BarkWorld

There’s a great conference and expo called Barkworld . I’m dying to attend because I’m positive it will help me with one of my goals: helping homeless dogs find their forever homes.

Let me explain….. Continue reading

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Earth Day with My Dogs

It’s Earth Day and I’m once again reminded of all that I have to learn from my dogs. They are masters at connecting with the Earth. Sanchez and Gina prompt me to take regular breaks from work and get outdoors for walks, meals, naps, and even to… Continue reading

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