How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?


We’ve been partying all week because my beloved Sanchez, our Through a Dog’s Ear mascot, is 12-years-old today. 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.

Sanchez puppy GDB

As I reflect back on the years, I recall all of his careers:

  • Guide Dog Puppy in Training
  • Agility
  • Actor (playing Helen Keller’s dog in The Miracle Worker)
  • Greeter of all students at my music school
  • Through a Dog’s Ear mascot


He has no complaints about retirement, especially since he has plenty of time to do nothing except chew on a bone when he likes.

If you want to meet Sanchez on his birthday, I’ll be simulcasting a live concert in my home on May 17 at 5:30 EDT.  He’s still quite the ham and will be making an appearance and enjoying all of the attention.

Here’s to a tail waggin’ 12th birthday. Party on… Senior dogs rock!


Photo credit (main and bottom): Mark Holthusen

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