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8 Steps to Enriching Your Senior Dog’s Life

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I can hardly believe that my yellow Labrador, Sanchez, is now 13 years old. I count my blessings that he is in good health and still enjoys our twice daily walks. But, I’m also aware that he can’t keep up to his activity level from even a year ago, let alone in his prime. I’m always looking for ways to provide mental stimulation to his environment without physically taxing his body.

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Was Your Dog Naughty or Nice This Year?

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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

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Concerts for Dogs? Seriously?

Has my performing life gone to the dogs? You bet! I’m loving it, and dogs are barking for more! Combining my love of dogs with my music talent inspired the creation of Through a Dog’s Ear, music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Now, I’m combining my love of performing to a cross-species audience. Continue reading

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The Dogs of Sounds True, publisher for Through a Dog’s Ear

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It’s Take your Dog to Work Day and I am in Boulder, Colorado celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Through a Dog’s Ear  publisher,  Sounds True. Before the party begins tonight, I stopped by the Sounds True office in Louisville … Continue reading

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Our Dog is Like American Express. We Don’t Leave Home Without Her!

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I chuckled when I heard the above response about American Express when I asked my cousin, Josh Glick, about his adorable Golden Retriever, Chloe. It was funny because it’s also so true in my life with Sanchez. He goes almost … Continue reading

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I Left for Vacation with a 7 Year Old Lab and Arrived with a 7 Month Old Puppy

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 I recently drove up to Mendocino County for a much needed retreat. I have been going to a spectacular, private, hidden cabin over looking the water, while nestled in the woods, for 22 years. It is filled with many wonderful … Continue reading

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Reflections on My Music Career

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See the full gallery on Posterous I was in New York City earlier this week, passing through for less than 24 hours after attending the Sound and Music Alliance Symposium in Connecticut. (My next blog will be about that amazing … Continue reading

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Why Do Dogs Howl? Interview with Joshua Leeds

Dogs everywhere have been howling to the theme song from Law and Order. It was so viral, that Dogster blogger, Maria Goodavage provided a link to 28 of them with just one click. While people think it is very entertaining, it appears that these dogs are very stressed by the sounds they are hearing. I asked sound researcher Joshua Leeds, co-author of the book Through a Dog’s Ear, for his input on this not so laughing matter. Continue reading

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How Changing from PC to Mac made my Dog a Better Retriever

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A PC computer crash (again) inspired me to unexpectedly buy my first Mac. Well, that and enormous influence from my business partners and friends that are Mac fans. It’s been a very welcome change and much more significant in my … Continue reading

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How a Bomb Dog in Afghanistan Stole My Heart

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  Before retiring to bed last night, I read a blog on Dogster written by Maria Goodavage. She wrote about a heart wrenching dog story she had read in the Wall Street Journal. The article was about Gunner, a war … Continue reading

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Freedom Dogs: War Heroes

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  When Joshua Leeds and I presented at the annual Association of Pet Dog Trainers conference in October, we met so many inspirational trainers, behaviorists, and dog lovers, amongst a huge variety of dog professionals. One woman in particular, Beth … Continue reading

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Ready for Another Trip to Cypress Inn in Carmel

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  It’s Thursday and I’m on an overload of approaching deadlines. I love my work, but I’m juggling a lot right now. So I’m taking a moment to reflect on the glorious trip I made last week to Carmel. Numerous … Continue reading

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HELP! My Dog Needs His Space!

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  I just returned from a glorious overnight in Carmel, CA and enjoyed a very lovely stay at the Cypress Inn. Carmel is known to be the dog capital of the U.S. Dogs are welcome everywhere, it seems – shops, … Continue reading

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Humbled and Honored with Dogster Interview!

As a dog lover, I knew about Dogster and had even posted my dog’s profile a couple years back. But, I hadn’t logged in for awhile, so I didn’t know about their new main blogger, Maria Goodavage. So when she … Continue reading

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Through a Trainer’s Ear

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by guest blogger Casey Matthews-Lomonaco, Owner of Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training Last October, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the city of Oakland to attend the Association of Pet Dog Trainers contest after winning the Dogwise John Fisher … Continue reading

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The Intentional Purpose of Music

I heard this morning that my Juilliard piano professor, Earl Wild, passed away peacefully yesterday, at the age of 94. I wasn’t surprised to hear that he was playing and teaching piano up until the last week of his life. … Continue reading

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Is Temperament all about Breeding?

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last night we experienced heavy rain and the loudest thunderstorms of my life. Since I grew up in Syracuse, NY, where summertime thunderstorms were plentiful, that’s saying a lot. The loud booming … Continue reading

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Through a “Child’s” Ear?

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  If you’ve read my previous blogs, then you know how thrilled I am to have combined my passion for music with my love of dogs in creating products that are helping improve the lives of dogs worldwide. But, unless … Continue reading

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Thank You Facebook Fans

It seems like just yesterday that I started a Facebook page for Through a Dog’s Ear. I remember only a few months back when Facebook rules stated that you needed a thousand fans before you could get a vanity url … Continue reading

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When is One Ready for a Second Dog?

I watched Food, Inc over the weekend. What a powerful documentary! I’m grateful that I haven’t eaten red meat or poultry for over 18 years. Yet still, there are things I can do in eating produce that help support sustainability … Continue reading

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Tears of Gratitude

On Thanksgiving Eve, I sent out a newsletter reflecting on feelings of gratitude. I received so many emails back, expressing appreciation that others were feeling about Through a Dog’s Ear. The stories left me feeling even more satisfied that combining … Continue reading

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What I’m Grateful for on Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m reflecting on what I’m grateful for. At the top of my list is the health and companionship of my dog, Sanchez. Recently, we both have experienced the opposite extreme of good health, fortunately only very briefly … Continue reading

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Consciousness in a Dog Business

Life has a way of being synchronistic in ways that can’t be planned. Profound experiences last week showed up as appointments in my calendar, but proved to be monumental events in my life. On Tuesday night, I attended a talk … Continue reading

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What an Honor it was Presenting at APDT Conference!

On Friday, Joshua Leeds and I had the pleasure of presenting a session at the annual Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference in Oakland. Our session was titled “Through a Dog’s Ear: The Effect of Human Soundscape on Animals … Continue reading

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Leaving Without My Dog

Nothing permanent here. I’m simply flying cross country to celebrate my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. I’ve traveled extensively over the years, both domestic and international. I’ve had a dog many of those years. You’d think leaving a dog behind … Continue reading

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It’s National Dog Week. Are we listening to our dogs?

It’s 4 am and there is only one reason I am awake. My dog heard something outside and started barking. I live in a rather rural area surrounded by wildlife. One of the benefits of not having neighbors close by … Continue reading

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Take My Dog Out to the Ballgame

My dog, Sanchez, and I participated in the Dog Days of Summer on Saturday. The San Francisco Giants were playing the Philadelphia Phillies and invited dogs to attend the game, an annual activity at the AT&T ball park. A portion … Continue reading

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Why dog agility is similar to playing music

It wasn’t long after I started agility training that I became aware of the similarities between giving a music performance and running an agility course. Since I’ve been playing the piano for nearly 40 years and performing most of those … Continue reading

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What it’s like to be a Stage Mom – to a DOG!

Being a concert pianist and having the experience of performing in many countries and concert venues, I know very well what it’s like to be in the spotlight and get lots of attention, and quite honestly, I never grow tired … Continue reading

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