Through a Dog’s Ear recently held our 2nd annual word game. The seven day event involved participants unscrambling a daily word, while downloading a free music track from one of our nine recordings. The object of the game was to unscramble all seven words, put them in a seven word sentence, and submit an entry as soon as the final word was revealed. It was scheduled to be posted at exactly 9 am EDT Sunday morning, December 11. But, there were so many people breathlessly waiting, with fingers on their keyboards, all hitting “refresh” at exactly the same time. Consequently, our web developer was blocked out of getting onto the server until 9:04. What an amazing group of dedicated dog lovers with big hearts, desiring to do everything possible to help pets in need.
The first winner receives the grand prize – a Through a Dog’s Ear 2011 Holiday Gift-Pak (book and 7 CDs) – for their canine household, and chooses their favorite rescue to receive the Calm Your Canine 3-CD series. The next nine winners designate the rescue organization or shelter of their choice to receive the Calm your Canine series. Dedicated dog lovers from the West Coast set their alarms extra early. Others from France, Ireland, and Belgium interrupted their Sunday afternoons, and Australians had wake up calls in the middle of Monday night. All for a chance at winning music that is clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system and has been helping increase adoption rates at shelters and rescues worldwide.
While the clocked slowly ticked, waiting for the last word to be posted, Dave Westenbarger posted on Facebook “We’re playing Through a Dog’s Ear music to be calm before playing the word game! Very exciting and so nice of you to share your music with so many rescue groups and shelters!” Dave speaks from experience. He was one of the two tied grand prize winners last year.
Dan Sterrett also played Through a Dog’s Ear music at home while waiting patiently for the last word.
Patricia Riley got a terrible headache while trying to unscramble E C I L A F N E B I.
At 9:04 the final word S T A N O S A was posted and the entries poured in. Only two minutes later, at 6:06 am in California, I had 25 emails with the correct sentence…
Everybody with legs finds Beethoven sonatas beneficial.
There were also some other really creative guesses that were close and all the effort is greatly appreciated, especially since some were from people who live in a country where English is not the first language.
With Beethoven sonatas everybody finds legs beneficial.
Everybody finds legs with Beethoven sonatas beneficial.
I also loved reading all of the grateful comments and hearing how shelters and rescue organizations were already benefiting from Through a Dog’s Ear. Kelsey Cowger from Nova Scotia told us…“The shelter you guys sent the Through a Dog’s Ear CDs to last year LOVED them and say they’re incredibly helpful (I didn’t win, but you graciously sent TaDE CDs to everyone on the list!) My own dogs, of course, continue to love them (and the new free downloads!), and they’ve been great for my noise-sensitive foster.“
Kristin Wettermann included this sweet note in her entry, “Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this fantastic prize, but more importantly for the opportunity to help a shelter. This is a great way to help. As you obviously know, the shelter environment is so overwhelming at times, and I know this would be a great addition to any shelter. Thank you for helping make a difference in many a dogs’ life this Christmas through your generosity.”
And Donna Pierce contemplated stopping in the middle of running a half-marathon to submit her entry, even though she was having a great run and setting her own personal record.
GRAND PRIZE of a 2011 Through a Dog’s Ear Holiday Gift-Pak goes to Pat Bayers.
And the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida benefits from Pat’s winning prize. They will be receiving the Calm your Canine Companion 3 CD series as will the following rescues chosen by the next nine winners:
Tom Zebrowitz: The Homeless Pets Foundation (Marietta, GA)
Lauren Paul: Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust (Evergreen, CO)
Nancy McIntire: Austin Dog Alliance (Austin, TX)
Phil Puglisi: Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida (Naples)
Ashley Niels: Austin Animal Center (Austin, TX)
Jeri Lea Kroll: Last Chance Animal Rescue (Howell, MI)
Kathy Salmons: S’Wheat Rescues (North Kansas City, MO)
Kelsey Cowger: Ador-a-Bull Dog Rescue (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Dan Sterrett: Animal Rescue League of Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
What about the remaining entries?
Since the next 15 correct entries all arrived in my inbox by 6:06 am PDT, we’ve decided to play Santa again and donate an additional 15 Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 2 CD’s to the desired rescues and shelters of the next 15 contestants.
Congratulations to the following additional winners:
Jill Pearson: ECAH Animals, Inc (Tallahassee, FL)
Nancy Webb: Animal Rescue League of NH (Bedford, NH)
Karen Verchimak: Mureille’s Place (Wapwallopen, PA)
Dolly Ensey: Fuzzy Friends (Waco, TX)
Kay Loveland: Brother Wolf Rescue (Asheville, NC)
Dave Westenbarger: Baytown Humane Society (Baytown, TX)
Jodie Smith: Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (Hamilton, Ontario Canada)
Debbie Babik: Roll Over Animal Rescue, Inc. (Des Plaines, IL)
Jennifer Smith: Mutts Matter Rescue (Emerald Isle, NC)
Pamela Packard: Bellwether Harbor (Fremont, MI)
Kristin Wettermann: Friends for Life Animal Rescue and Adoption (Houston, TX)
Tamara Price: Animal Friends (Wexford, PA)
Colleen Griffin: Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue (Houston, TX)
bj Altschul : Montgomery County Humane Society (Rockville, MD)
Kim McMunn: North Central Indiana Spay and Neuter (Battleground, IN)
I can barely wait to get to the post office and play Santa again this year to homeless dogs. Thanks to everyone who played our 2011 word game and congratulations to all! If you weren’t a winner, make sure you tell your favorite shelter/ rescue org about our “Music for Shelters Program”. If they fill out an application and are approved to receive our donated music, the dogs might just be snoozing in their new forever homes before New Year’s.
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