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.
In addition to playtime and working together as an agility team, I also cherish quiet moments together. While she’s normally a bundle of energy, she gets very soothed by my piano playing. And, with the launch of iCalmDog 2.0 this week, I’ve also been a bundle of energy and needed the quiet time as much as her.
Gina and I share a special song. When she was in ER a few years back, and I wasn’t sure she was going to survive, we listened to the Skulta Adagio together. It created an experience of closer connection to a dog than I had ever known. I’ll never forget that moment. In the vet clinic, we were listening together on her iCalmDog. Now, when I play it for her on the piano, it reminds me of my deep gratitude for our deep emotional bond. (And you won’t want to miss her reaction at the end of the video.)
If you’d like to also create a similar experience with your dogs, I will be giving a live simulcast of a Canine Classical Concert from my living room in December. You’ll be able to tune in with your pups from the comfort of your home. Click here for details on my FREE Secret Piano Show (then scroll down). Of course, Sanchez and Gina will be hanging out by the piano too.
Happy “Gotcha Day” Gina. You are such a blessing in my life, and I remain forever grateful for all the gifts you bring me.