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  • 7 Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks
    7 Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks
    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
  • How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?
    How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?
    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
  • Do Dogs Really See With Their Noses?
    Do Dogs Really See With Their Noses?
    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
  • 5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner
    5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner
    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
  • 10 Reasons Dogs Make The Best Valentine’s Dates
    10 Reasons Dogs Make The Best Valentine’s Dates
    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
  • What is a Beautiful World with Pets?
    What is a Beautiful World with Pets?
    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
  • Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year?
    Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year?
    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
  • All Dressed Up For The Holidays
    All Dressed Up For The Holidays
    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
  • 3 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats
    3 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats
    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
  • Happy Halloween from the Bumblebees
    Happy Halloween from the Bumblebees
    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
  • 5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween
    5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween
    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
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Hearing
    5 Surprising Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Hearing
    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
  • Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?
    Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?
    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
  • 5 Surprising Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety
    5 Surprising Tips to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety
    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 Fido 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
  • 5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds
    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
  • Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez!
    Happy 11th Birthday Señor Sanchez!
    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
  • Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido
    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, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? Continue reading
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Canine Household
    5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Canine Household
    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
  • My Most Emotional Moment of 2013
    My Most Emotional Moment of 2013
    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
  • Music to Comfort Senior Dogs? Tenderly!
    Music to Comfort Senior Dogs? Tenderly!
    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
  • Top 8 Reasons Your Dog Needs an iPawd
    Top 8 Reasons Your Dog Needs an iPawd
    6. He wants to enjoy his own tunes, clinically demonstrated to calm dogs, when he's in his crate. Continue reading
  • Helping Fearful Fido During Fireworks
    Helping Fearful Fido During Fireworks
    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
  • The Story Behind Through a Dog’s Ear
    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
  • Stress Busters for Pets, as Seen on Good Morning America
    Stress Busters for Pets, as Seen on Good Morning America
    We live in a world of sensory overload. Human made sounds are constantly buzzing, beeping, dinging, and ringing. Each sound represents something that is calling our attention. And if we treat ourselves well, we have mechanisms for providing our bodies and souls with de-stressing techniques such as yoga, meditation, drinking green tea, etc. But, how about our pets? Continue reading



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