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Can One Person Make a Difference?

Since they started playing Through a Dog’s Ear music, barking that used to be non-stop all day has diminished to a rare bark here and there. During our phone conversation, I didn’t hear a single bark. Jim mentioned that he hadn’t heard a dog bark all day, while it used to be very difficult to carry on with phone conversations.

Then he told me about Trellis, named after the Ohio State Football Coach. Trellis had lived in the shelter for over a year. Nobody was interested in adopting him, because he was just a bundle of nervous energy. All that changed the day the music started playing on the new sound system. All of the sudden, he remained quiet and calm when potential adopters came by to say hello. His nervous system was soothed and he learned to control himself with visitors and shelter staff. Call it luck, coincidence, or synchronicity, but he recently was adopted into his forever home. Tears rolled down my cheeks when Jim told me that story. A dog is living happily ever after in his forever home because one man decided to raise funds for a sound system for “his dogs”.

What is something you or someone you know has done to make a difference in the life of an animal, a child, an elder, a homeless person? Thanks for clicking comment and sharing your experiences.

As co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my Care2 readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy.

Image: Shelter Dog Waiting to be Adopted

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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7:09AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Fabulous, Lisa, thanks for sharing!

8:53AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011


5:46PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

every person can make a difference. just like every person on care2 :)

12:03PM PDT on May 26, 2011

One person can definitely make a difference, whether it is positive or negative depend on the person's behavior.

7:51AM PDT on May 26, 2011

yes of course

7:49PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Absolutely. Kids need to hear this statement the most. As a group, they are the ones filled with determination, hope, compassion, and willingness to help animals. We have to not only concentrate on helping animals directly but also encouraging children to do so.

11:51AM PDT on May 12, 2011

We have recently taken on a second dog from a shelter, he had been there for most of his short (9 month) life. He is settling down well but he still sometimes jumps when we touch him. We don't know what they have seen (or suffered) the best we can do is to love them and to try to calm their fears.

9:38AM PDT on May 12, 2011

What an awesome, heartwarming story! Thanks for the download! I am forever rescuing dogs from the streets and sometimes they are a ball of nerves.

3:10AM PDT on May 10, 2011


1:29AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Very interesting.

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