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Introducing Gina

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Introducing Gina

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

As a new pet blogger here on Care2, a few weeks ago I  introduced Señor Sanchez, my seven-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever. Sanchez is a “career change” dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind and I was his puppy raiser before he went to guide dog school. He is living a wonderful life and his many careers have included agility, musical canine freestyle, acting, and being a mascot at Lisa Spector’s Music School.

In hopes of keeping him active and stimulated, I decided to expand my canine household and recently adopted Georgina, a 17-month-old Black Labrador Retriever from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Gina (her new call name) has a very high drive and was not suited for guide dog work. The placement director at Guide Dogs thought that she’d excel in a performance sport, and I am so excited about starting an agility foundation class with her this week at ACE Dog Sports.

Even though Sanchez and Gina both were bred by Guide Dogs, they couldn’t possibly have more opposite personalities. Sanchez’s tag line is “It’s All About Me.” Gina’s is “It’s All About the Ball.” Since she couldn’t play ball when she was a guide dog puppy, maybe she’s just making up for lost time? If she could go to sleep at night with that green squeaky ball in her mouth, she would.

Gina and her green ball

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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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12:33PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

You have beautiful babies. Thanks for the info on Through a Dogs Ear. I am going to find a couple for my beautiful golden lab friends that live downstairs. Good Work.

2:13PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

I also have two labs and they have many similarities with Sanchez and Gina only are named Murphy and Sally. They relax by listening to the various Through A Dog's Ear recordings downloaded to my ipod. We have an upcoming trip to Spain and I, too, don't want to leave them behind - would really be more content being an arm chair traveler so my canine sweeties can be part of the adventure!
Best wishes Lisa,

4:00AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Thanks for sharing!

6:32AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:53AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Such beautiful goggies!

4:59PM PST on Jan 23, 2011


7:26AM PST on Dec 6, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

1:10PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Thanks for sharing Lisa.

11:51PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

adorable little pups...thanks...we have one who would sleep with this soft little yellow football in her mouth...she can actually get the entire thing in her mouth, but it isn't hers, it belongs to our little dog...the little dog only wants my pillows and our 3rd dog only want a nice warm soft, blanket...animals are fun, and strange...

6:41PM PST on Nov 18, 2010

Very Sweet. I had a Golden Retriever who lived to play ball. She, too, would have slept with a ball in her mouth, if we would have let her. They're all so sweet and so loving.

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