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What Animals Teach Us

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What Animals Teach Us

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

After reading “Advice from a Dog” on a beautiful card by Ilan Shamir of Your True Nature, I started thinking about everything my dogs have taught me. I have two “career change” dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sanchez is an 8-year-old Yellow Lab. If Sanchez had a tag line, it would be “It’s All About Me.” If he could talk, these are the words I think he would share with me:

Be patient

Life is All About You

Treats are the answer to everything

Great days start with tummy rubs

Don’t sit at the computer for too long

If you really want the ball, then you go get it

It’s always a good time for a hike, as long as it’s not raining

Break out into moments of craziness when people least expect it

Play the piano everyday, and keep helping improve the lives of dogs worldwide with your music!

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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 Canine Noise Phobia series is a breakthrough treatment and prevention program for canine noise sensitivities. 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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4:44AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Nice teaching , I love my Tinkerbell and I will now practice all these phrases when I am with her and my family .

3:34PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Animals are so smart and show emotion and gratitude, as well as pain, they have instincts that are so much more powerful than human's instincts. we just have to look, pay attention, show love to them and listen..........they can't talk(except for some birds)but they communicate w/ us if we pay attention.

9:44PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

That dynamite comes in the form of my chihuahua! that its ok to be scared of thunderstorms, that there is nothing like cuddling up under the blankets with someone you love and watching a movie, reading a book, or just relaxing. that no matter how mad, sad or upset you get a good kiss makes it all better. That someone will always be glad to see me when I come home and how to not care when you look crazy doing silly stuff.

12:45AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Unconditional love

8:12PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

They are Gods gift to humans, they teach us how to love, great companions & all they waqnt in return is a good back scratch,tummy rub some food, and to give you wet kisse's. spell God backwards and you get DOG, think he is tryiny to tell or spell us something. Just treat all animals with love and respect, if you listen to your doggie that is what he is teaching and showing us.
Peace, The Doxie Gang & retired Greyhound

3:35PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Patience, how to scratch, how to hate doctors, how to jump for joy and squeel with delight. Tear around for no particular reason, how to stalk, how to act stupid and how to love unconditionally!

2:08PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Pure love!

1:57PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

They are angels with fur.

1:17PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Unconditional love

1:17PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Unconditional love

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