Introducing Gina

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

As a new pet blogger here on Care2, a few weeks ago I† introduced SeŮor 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

It’s been quite an adjustment for Sanchez, as an only dog for all these years. I was pretty worried at first, but I’d say they are getting along pretty well now, wouldn’t you?

Gina and Sanchez holding paws

And when she finally tires for retrieving her ball, she loves to curl up and listen to Through a Dog’s Ear.


Gina snoozing to Through a Dog's Ear

What toys would your dogs go to sleep with at night if they could? And what helps your dogs curl up and go to sleep? Thanks for posting a comment below.
Image: Lisa welcoming Gina to her new home

67 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R19 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R19 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R19 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R19 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R19 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Trish K.
Trish K4 years ago

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.

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Reta Goldman
Reta Goldman6 years ago

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,
RG

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Ioana Boca
Ioana B6 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

Such beautiful goggies!

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