Eliza, 11 years old, listening to Music My Pet’s CD
Today a story of soothing intense separation anxiety with music. Karin Carson writes on Music My Pet’s website:
“Eliza is 11 years old and has always been a nervious Nellie. She is particularly bad these days since our other Dalmatian died a year ago. When we are all out of the house she shakes, rips up the sofa, and is generally miserable. So we got her a kitten, but that hasn’t helped. In these photos she is listening to Music My Pet. She fell asleep very quickly! It’s extremely soothing.”
I’m enjoying this series idea 🙂 All the wordless Wednesdays, tasty Tuesdays etc. that I see on to other pet blogs I’ve been reading ever since I started writing MPet3. Recently I realised that the idea behind the names was actually due to blog hops – a fun social concept where a group of people check out each others blogs randomly. Or something like that at least, I am yet to learn how the process really works. And hopefully one day I’ll join a blog hop too!
Anyhow, even though my weekday theme fascination is not (yet) blog hop related, I’m still liking it. So, here’s a new series, somewhat unique to my blog’s topic: Testimonial Thursday. Every week I’ll select and post a comment/testimonial of a pet owner relating to pet calming music. The idea is really to bring together all of these valuable opinions into one space and see how they compare to what you guys think.
I have to tell you that I was totally amazed. Amazed! I knew my two Bostons had some music preferences, but I was totally unaware of how specific their likes are! I bought the book and all the cds (because one is never enough….) and received the calming cd first and immediately played it. All of us fell asleep! We play classical music often, but this was different. Next came the Music for the Canine Household and the moment it started with the cello, my younger (and hyper) Boston, Phoebe picked up her head from her chew toy, stopped and listened. Clearly listened! Almost with a critical ear. She approved and went back to her toy. But I sensed something. So I found a few selections from my library, Yo Yo Ma solo Bach (solo cello) and she was hooked. She stayed in the room, she relaxed, her heart rate changed, calming, and she sighed and relaxed into the music as she slept in a very open spread out position. Oh, and she was smiling. Her ears, though, were still attentive. Some passages were appreciated more than others, if her ear rotation and heart rate were indicative, but overall, the cello is her love. I could stop the music and start it up later and would get the same reaction. If I was explaining this to anyone else….
What about your dogs? Any preferences with regards to instruments? Vadim seems to love the piano most.
Lately, I came across The Rescue Animal MP3 Project. They obtain licences from composers of pet-soothing music and distribute it for free to animal shelters. A great cause, especially since the testimonial is so positive about the music’s benefits. And no wonder really – a shelter full of stressed, barking dogs is put at ease by a CD supplied through the Project within 60 seconds of the record starting. See for yourselves:
Have you had any experience with this project or know of something similar? I would love to hear from you! Especially, since so far I seem to find calming music sold/used only in the US… Surely there must be something out there in other regions too?
This is the first tune I played to my dog, Vadim, with just a little bit of hope that it would calm him down during that long, massive summer storm. You can read more about the night which inspired me to create this blog under the “My Story” tab. Meanwhile, check how this great composition by Robbins Island Music Artists influences your stressed-out pet:
If it works anything like it did for me, you may want to buy more of Robbins Island music on iTunes or Amazon.
I did that straight away. And since then the CD I burned, has also been borrowed by my neighbour, successfully curing her cat’s travel anxiety 🙂
Oh, and do let me know of your findings! I’m super curious if the music works for other pets as well as it did for mine.