I am a devout dog lover. So much so, that first thing every morning, I write on an index card, “By combining my passion for music with my love of dogs, I improve the lives of canines and people worldwide.” It is a statement I am deeply grateful to own and one that guides my daily decisions. It manifests itself in Through a Dog’s Ear, clinically researched music for canine anxiety problems. I’m a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and the recording artist on the Through a Dog’s Ear music series.
A few days ago, I was contacted by Border Collie Rescue Texas. They had just taken in 25 dogs from a horrendous hoarding situation. These dogs had never been with people, never been indoors, and now require extra professional expertise as they move into foster homes. My eyes filled with tears as I read the email request for Through a Dog’s Ear CDs to be used in recovery efforts. Contributing my music to dogs in this way means more to me than appearing on a concert stage.
After packaging 50 free CDs for the Border Collies, I pondered what else we could do to help other animal rescue organizations. Through a Dog’s Ear music now plays in over 1,500 shelters internationally. We always hear from grateful shelter managers about how much calmer and quieter the shelter environment is with the addition of our music. In addition to calming dogs, the quieter environment creates longer visiting times for people and often increases adoption rates.
Since clinical research was conducted by vet neurologist Susan Wagner in 2004, quieter shelter environments do not surprise us. Clinical studies showed that our psychoacoustically designed classical music sound tracks calms twice as effectively as ‘regular’ classical music. We provide music at cost to shelters while our wonderful publisher, Sounds True, provides free CD’s for the adopters of new shelter dogs.
The consideration of the sensory environment – be it in a shelter or your home – is critical to the long-term health of our animals. Humans have stress relief strategies at hand. Dogs and cats don’t have access to relaxation or anti-anxiety techniques.
Through a Dog’s Ear is a socially conscious organization. We believe in the inter-connectedness of everything and understand the importance of giving back to our communities. Therefore, we are always looking for opportunities to benefit shelters, rescues, and non-profit organizations.
Wanting to help more (and more….) dogs, we are hosting our third annual very fun holiday party and contest. We are giving away free downloads through Sunday, December 9 at ThroughaDogsEar.com. Simultaneously, we are having a very fun word contest. Ten winners will choose their favorite animal rescue organization. We will send our 3-CD Calm your Canine series to these designated rescue organizations. The grand-prize winner will also receive a complete Through a Dog’s Ear 2012 Holiday Gift-Pak which includes nine CDs and our Through a Dog’s Ear book.
If you want to play, make sure you log onto ThroughaDogsEar.com this weekend. You’ll get FREE downloads for you and your canine household to enjoy. And, by entering our word contest, your favorite rescue organization will have the opportunity to receive our three CD Calm your Canine series. This music has helped calm thousands of dogs with anxiety issues including sound phobias (thunderstorms, fireworks, and even a tornado!), separation and automobile anxiety, fearful and reactive dogs, young rambunctious puppies, dogs in recovery from health issues, etc.
Play with us this weekend and receive free music while helping your fave animal rescue org. It doesn’t get better than that!!
Thanks for commenting below and telling us about your favorite rescue organization.
(On a side note, I just heard from Sam Ford, executive director of Border Collie Rescue Texas. He just drove three of the BC’s to Illinois. Dog’s Ear music was played for them during transport and greatly helped settle nervous dogs on their long journey to foster homes. This is what I live for! I feel like my heart was with them along with my music!)
Image: Chloe – Rescued by Terri O’Connor from Border Collie Rescue Texas
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