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  • 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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