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Win an iCalmDog… It Stopped Border Collie’s Barking in 20 Seconds Flat!

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I was recently in Arizona with Gina for Cynosport World Agility Games. Highlights were running team with “Gina Follows the Golden Roula”. (The other black dog is Roula.)

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Watching Steeplechase finals under the lights. Man were those Border Collies fast!

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And hanging out with my Ace Dog Sports family.

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The event came on the heels of our recent iCalmDog 3.0 launch. I had been working overtime to bring our newly modified, portable canine music player to market, and I was grateful to be taking frequent naps in the passenger seat during the long 2-day drive. Gina and teammate JoJo were nearby in their crates, quietly listening to iCalmDog 3.0. Good dogs!

Once we arrived, I noticed that all of the stimulation was a bit overwhelming for Gina (for me too, at times). To make matters worse, our crating area was near a non-stop barking Border Collie.

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To help her reduce her anxiety and increase concentration and circulation, I signed Gina up for a canine massage with Dr. Cindy DiFranco while iCalmDog played in the background.

During the 5-day trial, I had been leaving Gina’s iCalmDog 3.0 on her crate in-between runs. But, the barking Border Collie in our crating area was driving me (and everyone around me) crazy. So, I asked the BC’s handler if I could bring over my iCalmDog 3.0 to see if the clinically tested music reduced his barking. I have to admit, Nim’s barking was so intense that I wasn’t even sure it would work, but watch the video below to see what happened in 20 seconds flat…

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(Sanchez not included in prize, but feel free to share his photo!)

How to win an iCalmDog…

Enter a comment below and tell us how iCalmDog 3.0 would help your dogs and where you’d take it. Or, if you prefer to donate it, tell us how your fave rescue org would benefit. You will automatically be entered to win an iCalmDog 3.0 (Standard model) by Through a Dog’s Ear. (Prize value $89.95)

Want bonus points? The barking Border Collie video is starting to go viral on Facebook. View it here and share with your friends and fans. (Remember to post as public so that all Facebook viewers can enjoy it.)

Use hashtag #iCalmDog in all posts and tag @ThroughADogsEar

For additional chances to win, share this giveaway on your social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Also leave a comment on the barking BC  youtube video. Winners will be chosen by random drawing. The more shares and comments you post, the more opportunities to win!

Already own an iCalmDog 3.0 and want another?  (Did I mention they make great holiday gifts?) Post a review on the model you purchased at iCalmPet.com or on Amazon, if purchased there.

The winner will be announced by December 14 on a future blog post. Good luck and remember to use hashtag #iCalmDog so I can easily find all your shares, posts, and comments!

Please note: Contest is open to Lisa’s blog subscribers. If you purchase an iCalmDog 3.0 before the winner is announced and you win, you can choose to donate your iCalmDog to a rescue or shelter, or we can refund your money. Your choice. Prize value = $89.95

 

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Tail Waggin’ Dog Agility (with video)

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My agility addiction started so innocently.

Years ago, when Sanchez was career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I knew I needed to find a new job for him. My guide dog puppy class leader also taught agility, a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. I just thought it would be a fun activity to enjoy together, never imagining I’d turn into one of those crazy people who set their alarms for 4 am on weekend mornings to drive for hours to an agility trial.

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I love Sanchez to no end, but, I have to admit, he wasn’t the best agility partner. He’s always been a dog who marched to his own drum, and that was no exception on the agility field. He often just wanted to make up his own course. But, I just fell in love with the sport as I continued to learn so much about dog behavior and training. (And Sanchez went on to become a fabulous freestyle partner.)

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When I adopted Gina, I knew she had the temperament, work ethic, and athletic body of an agility dog. Everything about agility is fun with Gina. She tries so hard to please me and is incredibly responsive.

At USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association) trials, she’s usually the only Lab entered in the 22″ Championship class. It’s a height dominated by super fast Border Collies.

I missed half of the season while nursing an injury (mine, not hers), and I was down to the wire to qualify for USDAA Nationals (Cynosport). I had two more weekends left and needed to run a clean Grand Prix run.

We had one of the best runs of our career on the first weekend. EXCEPT… her happy waggin’ tail slowly brought down a bar just after clearing it. (It’s a Lab thing!) It was the 3rd to last obstacle. After heavily rewarding my dog and playing ball with her, I had a total meltdown. I started to convince myself that I just wasn’t supposed to go to Nationals, for some unknown reason. Maybe, I just wasn’t cut out for it.

But, it wasn’t over yet. I still had one more weekend.

The pressure was really on. Western Regionals on Labor Day Weekend ended the qualifying period. We had two chances for clean Grand Prix runs, the local qualifier and regional qualifier.

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WE DID IT!!! We ran clean for both!

The full honest truth is what I posted on Facebook… I almost never post my agility runs on my personal profile. I watch all the agility runs by fabulous handlers and fast dogs, and I’m very inspired to watch and learn, and I love them, but it doesn’t inspire me to share my runs with Gina. I watch our runs and it’s too easy to notice all the things I could have done better.

After posting, a comment came in from a frequent member of the world team that reminded me what truly is important about agility…

Yep, our tails were waggin!

Having missed so much of the season, I’m thrilled we qualified for USDAA Cynosport World Games and honored to have made Grand Prix finals at Western Regionals.  And, I have to admit, it was even more fun to add my own piano playing from my concert repertoire to the agility video below. (Yep, sometimes I play fast music in addition to calming music for dogs.)

Yea, Cynosport World Games here we come!!! If you live near Scottsdale, AZ, we’ll be there November 9 – 13, 2016. Come watch. It’s a free spectator sport, and you’ll be blown away watching all the fast, happy dogs run with their 2-legged partners.

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We’re setting our goals and gearing up for a good time. It’s an indescribable feeling running a course in total sync with your canine partner.

Main Photo: Ian Coggins

 

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Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said to me, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!”But, can we be mothers to species other than humans?

I am the single provider for two dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I usually think of them as my companion animals, not my children, even though others may see me as a crazy pet parent, with my children being of the furry sort.

My 85-year-old mother is 3,000 miles away. I am very grateful that she is in good health.  And, even though my dogs are not my children, I am very happy to be spending Mother’s Day with them. Whether I take them for a hike, drive them to the beach, or they sit by my side at an outdoor cafe, they are still my full responsibility.

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I pride myself with being a very conscientious care-taker for them, providing a very healthy diet, plenty of exercise, daily reward-based dog training, environmental enrichment, a stress-free home environment, participation in dog sports, playtime, and an infinite amount of love. They won’t ever graduate from high school, leave for college and produce offspring. But, when I adopted them, I promised them a forever home. They get room and board with medical and dental for life. I am their provider, care-taker, training partner, agility partner, canine freestyle partner, and human snuggler, even if I am not their mom.

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A study in New Scientist reported that pet dogs rival humans for emotional satisfaction. After playing with their pets, dog owners experienced a burst in a hormone linked to infant care. I honestly have had more experience playing with puppies than taking care of infants, so I can’t compare. But, I do know that my engagement and relationship with my dogs is extremely emotionally satisfying and bonding. It’s not surprising to me that Dr. Rollin McCarty, Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, conducted an experiment and found that heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, occurs between people and their dogs.

There are 75.1 million children in the United States. Stats.gov projects that number will increase to over 100 million by the year 2050.  At the end of 2009, The Humane Society reported there were 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S. and 93.6 million cats. The pet over-population problem is out of control.

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So, this Mother’s Day, I’m going to enjoy being a mom, if only for a day. I’m not going to feel guilty raising good canine citizens instead of good children. I’m going to be proud of my choice to not add to the human over-population and remind myself that I am helping the pet over-population.

 

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5 Signs of a Responsible Dog Owner

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Being a responsible pet parent may have many different definitions. But, it is more than just loving your dog and meeting his basic needs. Being responsible means learning how to understand the world from your dog’s point of view. Dogs speak a different language than people, and they are constantly studying everything we do to understand our behaviors and language. Being responsible means understanding their language and ways of communicating.

Here are some of the ways that you can be a responsible dog owner that go beyond the basics of neutering and spaying, exercising your dog, feeding them healthy meals and treats, and being there for them until the end of their life.

1. You Give Them Space.

Some dogs are very comfortable around a multitude of dogs and activity, many aren’t and need extra space. Learn to read your dog’s stress signals and make sure you keep her in an environment that is safe, determined by her needs. If you are aware of signs of stress in crowds, then it’s better to leave her home than take her with you to your local wine and art fair. Some dog-friendly events aren’t always friendly for all dogs.

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2. You Pay Attention To Their Sound Environment.

We brings dogs into our human world and we say “adjust.” Some do, many don’t. When dogs can’t orient the source of a sound to determine whether it is safe, they can easily go into sensory overload and develop anxiety behaviors along with health problems. Humans hear sounds between 20-20,000 Hz. Dogs hear at least twice as high, sometimes all the way up to 55,000 Hz. While I think it’s great that more events and public places are dog friendly, so often those environments are created for humans. A fundraising party for dogs and their people that benefits your local shelter, doesn’t benefit your dog when a loud band is playing. Please safeguard your dog’s sound environment.

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3. You Treat Dogs Like Dogs, Not Little Humans.

As humans, we tend to anthropomorphize our pets. It’s only natural if we love them. But, when we start to understand life from their point of view, we realize that dogs rarely show affection the way humans do. Most don’t like being pat on the head, especially from a stranger, and most don’t naturally take to hugs.

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4. You Prioritize Humane Training.

While it’s our responsibility to train our dogs, it’s also our responsibility to humanely train them with positive reinforcement. Humane training is not only the kind, loving way to train, but it’s scientifically proven and it works and helps to create an emotional bond between you and your dog that is priceless.

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5. You Provide Opportunities for Stimulation.

We can read a book or study a subject online when we want to learn, grow, and educate ourselves. But, it’s our responsibility to keep our dog’s minds stimulated. Feed her out of food puzzles instead of a bowl, enjoy a canine sport together, and teach her new tricks that help her keep thinking and making decisions.

Are you a responsible dog owner? Or maybe you prefer the terminology ‘pet parent’? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what makes you responsible in a comment below.

 

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog in 33 Seconds

As well as I thought I knew my Labrador, Gina, she even surprised me recently during this recent run at an AKC agility trial.  It never ceases to amaze me how much I continue to learn from my dogs. Here’s what Gina taught me in 33 seconds:

1. Don’t ever give up.

Even when you fall flat on your butt, you never know what will happen next. Get up, go on and finish.

2. Life (and dog training) is supposed to be fun.

Don’t take life too seriously. When life throws you a curve ball, have fun with it.

3. Be prepared.

We practice cues from a huge variety of positions and locations ~ the floor, on the sofa, while doing a plank. And even though I never said “over” from the floor, I never knew how much all that practice would come in handy.

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4. Praise and attention keeps you going.

Gina really responded to all the cheering at the end and picked up speed. Praise feeds your soul, no matter your leg count.

5. Reward. Reward. Reward.

Everybody likes to get paid, even dogs. She was immediately rewarded for a job well done. First with the cheering, next when she jumped on me right after the run, followed by her favorite treat, and then a game of fetch with her squeaky ball reserved especially for agility.

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Good girl, Gina!

What life lessons have you learned from your dogs? Thanks for sharing in a comment below.

Photo Credits:
Top Photo: Ian Coggins
Gina Jumping: Erika Mauer
Gina posing with Lisa: Karen Gough

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Confessions From a Crazy Pet Parent

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Today, April 28, is National Pet Parent’s Day®. VPI Pet Insurance started celebrating the holiday five years ago to help honor people with pets who consider them part of their family.

I have to admit, even though my dogs are my family, I don’t often think of myself as a pet parent. I just think I’m a very dedicated dog lover. But, the truth is, I go to the ends of the earth for my dogs and pets I don’t even know. And, I confess, I can be a little obsessive about the care of my dogs. Call me crazy, but I’ve done all of these in the past week:

  • I got stung by a bee and was happy it was me and not one of my dogs.
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  • I ate my meal outside in the cold shade, so that Sanchez wouldn’t get hot  in the sun.
  • I set my alarm for 4:30 am on a Saturday and drove two hours to an agility trial with Gina.
  • With my dogs in the car, I drove around for five minutes looking for parking. When I finally found a spot, it was near noisy construction, so I set out to look for another parking spot.
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    After driving for an hour, I was five minutes from home when I remembered that I was out of raw dog food. I turned around and drove an extra twenty minutes, round trip, to the pet supply store.

  • I took at least 50 100 pictures of my dogs on my iPhone.
  • I sent dozens of those pictures in texts to dog-loving friends.
  • I went to a Pet Parent’s appreciation event at Google.
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  • I drove around for an extra ten minutes, to find the perfect shady spot for my dogs.
  • When I found the shady spot, I left calming canine music playing for them after I parked.
  • I took my dogs to several dog-friendly stores.

Are you a dedicated pet parent? Have others called you crazy because of your devotion to your pets? If so, what are some of the things you do that others may consider a little “over the top”? Thanks for fessing up in a comment below. And happy Pet Parents Day to all.

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Is Mother’s Day for Dog-Moms?

Mother’s Day is not the easiest of holidays for me. I have no human children and have never been called “mom.” No one has ever said, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!”

But, can we be mothers to species other than humans? I am the single provider for two dogs, Sanchez and Gina. But, I usually think of them as my companion animals, not my children. Even though others may see me as a dog-mom, with my children being of the furry sort.

My 81-year-old mother is 3,000 miles away. I am very grateful that she is in good health, and we will have some time together at the end of the month. And, even though my dogs are not my children, I am very happy to be spending Mother’s Day with them. Whether I take them for a hike, drive them to the beach, or they sit by my side at an outdoor cafe, they are still my full responsibility.

I pride myself with being a very conscientious care-taker for them, providing a very healthy diet, plenty of exercise, daily reward-based dog training, environmental enrichment, participation in dog sports, playtime, and an infinite amount of love. They won’t ever graduate from high school, leave for college and produce offspring. But, when I adopted them, I promised them a forever home. They get room and board with medical and dental for life. I am their provider, care-taker, training partner, agility partner, canine freestyle partner, and human snuggler, even if I am not their mom.

A study in New Scientist reported that pet dogs rival humans for emotional satisfaction. After playing with their pets, dog owners experienced a burst in a hormone linked to infant care. I honestly have had more experience playing with puppies than taking care of infants, so I can’t compare. But, I do know that my engagement and relationship with my dogs is extremely emotionally satisfying and bonding. It’s not surprising to me that Dr. Rollin McCarty, Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, conducted an experiment and found that heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, occurs between people and their dogs.

There are 75.1 million children in the United States. Stats.gov projects that number will increase to over 100 million by the year 2050.  At the end of 2009, The Humane Society reported there were 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S. and 93.6 million cats. The pet over-population problem is out of control.

So, this Mother’s Day, I’m going to enjoy being a mom, if only for a day. I’m not going to feel guilty raising good canine citizens instead of good children. I’m going to be proud of my choice to not add to the over human population and remind myself that I am helping the pet over-population.

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Top 10 Relationship Tips for Men ~ From an Agility Dog

10. All good things come from your partner. Nothing is as rewarding as being with her. 

9.  Communication. Communication. Communication. Let her know that you’ll do everything she asks when she communicates what she wants clearly.

8. When you see an obstacle in front of you, take it, unless she indicates otherwise. Remember that obstacles are put in front of you to remind you how much you want the prize.

 

7. Keep your connection with her at all times. She’ll know exactly when you’ve reached your point of commitment.

6.  Waking up at 4 am for a road trip is a good thing when you get to be with her all day.

5.  If you are tempted to go off course, don’t. Watch her and she’ll keep you on course.

4. Don’t linger at the top and look for what’s better out there. Run to her quickly and make contact.

 

3. Sit patiently before you head out. She’ll give you the “OK” when she’s ready to go.

2. Keep chasing her. Not just initially, but forever and ever.

1. Remind her to take breaks and play.

Have you learned any relationship tips from your dog through a canine sport or shared activity? Thanks for sharing your tip in a comment below.

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A New K9 Behavior Every Day in August

It’s August 1st and I made a decision over the weekend to teach Sanchez and Gina something new everyday during August. Since I retired Sanchez from agility, we’ve started doing more tricks and canine freestyle training. We do this in the evenings and he literally cries and begs to train with me. While I’m sure the treats help (he is a Lab!), I really think he likes being mentally challenged and learning new behaviors. I’ve also noticed that it’s easy for me to get lazy and keep training behaviors that he already knows. But, really, what’s the fun in that? It’s like me sitting down at the piano everyday and only playing what I know. It’s so much more satisfying to learn new music. So, I’ve decided to teach Sanchez something new everyday during August, even if some of it is shaping on the way to the desired behavior.

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I took a fabulous clicks and tricks class with Diane Gibbons at Camp Unleashed in June. Even though Sanchez wasn’t with me, it gave me a lot of ideas on behaviors to teach him that we can incorporate into a canine freestyle routine. I also have recently started using the Staples Easy Button to help shape behaviors. Stay tuned for a video of him walking on my feet that I taught him via the Easy Button. It’s also helping us prepare for American Dog Idol at Camp Unleashed Sequoia.

An absolutely fabulous private agility lesson with Sandy Rogers this weekend gave me some new ideas for Gina. We are working on independent weave poles – meaning she will go through 12 weave poles when directed, without her needing me by her side. Although she absolutely loves to weave and is very fast with a steady rhythm, her weak point has been doing weave poles at any venue, indoors or out, and anywhere on the course. While she’s great at them in our indoor facility, that’s not going to help at trials. Sandy gave me great trips for teaching independent weave poles, and I’ll be making it to the field to practice every day when I return from my vacation.

In the meantime, I’ve decided that saying she isn’t good at generalization is my weakness, not hers. If I want her to have consistent behaviors anywhere, it’s up to me to teach them to her. At Sandy’s suggestion, over the weekend we started tugging in a variety of rooms and outdoors. I’ve started at a time when she loves to tug (after eating) with her favorite tug toy. I’ll be adding something new to the mix daily – a different tug toy, a different room, a different time for tugging, gradually more distractions, etc. I’m happy to report that I just took a break, and she tugged outside, with a tug toy we’d never used outdoors, and she kept tugging when the neighbor’s dog came by – usually a big distraction for her.

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Tonight, I’ll be taking my piano bench and contact board outdoors to help her learn to touch the target no matter where I run.

Any readers want to take on this challenge with me? What new tricks and behaviors could you teach your dogs daily that would stimulate them while building relationship with you? Thanks for posting your comment and sharing your ideas.

As co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my 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.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Gina!

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You know the feeling… you meet a dog that needs a home and your gut just tells you that she belongs with you. Her forever home has just been found. That’s how I felt when I met Gina a little over seven months ago, despite all of my excuses to not adopt her. She is two years old today, and I am so grateful she is now part of my family.

For a year, I agonized over the decision to add a second dog to my already full life. I looked at puppies, rescues, shelter dogs, and a neighbors dog needing a new home. But, there was always some reason that it just didn’t feel like the right fit. Actually, no matter what reason I made up, I was terrified of getting a second dog.

I’ve always been a one dog at a time person. I didn’t believe anyone who told me that two dogs is easier than one. I knew better to listen because I wouldn’t just be putting them in the backyard to play together. I took Sanchez almost everywhere with me, and this would mean taking two dogs with me. Luckily, she was full grown at 42 pounds and probalby the smallest adult Lab I’ve ever seen, so not having room for two dog crates in the car was no longer an excuse.

Oh, I think back to the innocent fall day. I came across a notice in my agility yahoo group that a Black Lab was being career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind. A trusted Guide Dogs evaluator highly recommended that she only be placed in a home where she’d have a new working career, and given her high energy and desire to please, agility was recommended. I had been on a break from agility practice and trials with Sanchez due to a knee I was nursing – mine, not his. My knee was getting stronger and I was ready to get back in the ring. But, as much as I love Sanchez, I didn’t really want another Lab, and I certainly didn’t want black fur to sweep up with all the blond fur, and then there was the bigger but…..did I really have the time, energy, and resources for another dog?

I thought, what’s the harm with just meeting her? I was pretty sure that I could come up with some excuse for not adopting her. The plan was to bring Sanchez with me to the San Rafael Guide Dogs campus so they could meet, but I wanted to spend some time with her alone first. I’d already made the mistake with another dog I was considering adopting. All the focus was on how the two dogs interacted, while I completley ignored my feelings of knowing that dog just wasn’t meant to be mine. In contrast, as soon as I walked Georgina (her Guide Dog name), I could tell how eager she was to please, how much she loved working, and I got a sense of her overall happiness level. I had promised myself that no matter what, I wouldn’t make an impulsive decision. At a minimum, I would sleep on it overnight. So, I called the placement director the next morning, asked a few more quesitons, and decided that it was an affirmative “Yes”! But, I couldn’t get back up to San Rafael for another week. Well, I can’t even tell you how many hours of sleep I lost that week, lying in fear that I wasn’t ready for another dog. But, as soon as I went to pick up Gina (the new call name I gave her), my fears were aleviated. Her non-stop wagging tail combined with her kisses and sweet demeanor clearly put me at ease and opened up my heart.

 

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Seven and a half months later, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that I ignored my fears and paid attention to my heart. Even though it wasn’t an easy adjustment for Sanchez initially, he is now acting like a puppy again, despite the fact that he’s now eight. The first month she lived with us, he moped and acted as if he wanted to run away. He was used to being an only dog who received a lot of attention. Gina, on the other paw, fell in love with him instantly and wanted to be by his side 24/7. No matter that there are three dog beds in the house, she often wanted to share the one he was on. She’d squeeze her lithe body into any remaining area on his dog bed and lie her head on his hip, neck, or stomach. For the first couple of months, he’d get up and walk away as soon as she approached. Now he just sleeps through it. Sanchez has never been a dog who likes to cuddle with anyone, but he seems to really love it when she cuddles up to him.

 

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In the last seven and a half months, we’ve attended clicker expo together, completed agilty foundation and beginning level agility classes, enjoyed playtime at the beach, had adorable pictures of her posted on Facebook, and I have fallen completely in love with her. She honestly is one of the happiest dogs I’ve ever known… just happy all the time. I consider my decision to add her to my family amongst one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Happy 2nd Birthday to my sweet girl, Gina! You are an enormous gift in my life, and I’m eternally grateful that you are my forever dog.

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Facebook coach. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-created Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs. She shares her home and her heart with her two adorable “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa’s blog here.