Songs To Make Dogs Happy was created by Skip Haynes and Dana Walden of the L.A. based record label, Laurel Canyon Animal Company.
They utilized the services of an animal. communicator who convened focus groups of dogs taken from over two hundred and fifty dogs nationwide – both shelter animals and pets. The music and lyrics for the CD were created based on the dog’s responses as “translated” via the communicator. The result was a CD that dogs love to listen to. When it was aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition, it became one of the most emailed interviews due to the huge amount of listener’s dog’s responses to the music that NPR received from all over the country.
People the world over have contacted the Laurel Canyon Animal Company to relate the responses their dogs have exhibited listening to Songs To Make Dogs Happy over the radio, at home and in their cars. Similar responses have been received from rescue and rehab organizations all over the country.
Rosie Coyote: A One-In-A-Million Success Story Against All Odds One of the most adaptable animals in the world, the coyote can change its breeding habits, diet and social dynamics to survive in a wide variety of habitats. The majority of coyotes never see people and people never see them. There are now more coyotes living in the United States than when the Declaration of Independence was signed, no matter how hard we try to kill them off, because they are smarter than us. • Coyote Girl is the story of the hunt for Rosie – one of those coyotes. • Waiting For Rosie is the diary of how she was tracked, trapped and rehabilitated. This video/song is about a coyote named Rosie who brought our Laurel Canyon, California neighborhood together in the late summer of 2009. No one knew what she was because she was hairless and dark gray- some people even thought she was a Chupacabra. It turned out she was a small, nine month old female coyote with mange and secondary infections due to secondary rodenticide poisoning. She was the saddest looking animal we had ever seen. Everyone wanted to help her. The images on the video seen during the solo are the complete cycle from new born to four weeks to four months with mange to nine months with mange to ten months to one week after her capture to three weeks into rehabilitation to healed and ready to release. By the way, after seeing Rosie for the first time, I believe that the legend of the Chupacabra originated with people seeing coyotes with mange – the number two killer of coyotes. Net profits from Coyote Girl are donated to CLAW (Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife), a non-profit organization dedicated to saving native wildlife and habitat. Coyotes, like sharks, are completely misunderstood and a very necessary part of our ecosystem.They are not going away. We need to learn to live with them.
When I began this adventure I had no idea a small, sick coyote would become such a large part of my life. I did, however, keep a record of the whole process, which resulted in this book .
It is a recounting of her capture and rehabilitation , the results of her rehabilitation and, most important, what was learned by becoming involved with a small coyote named Rosie. It involves a crew of volunteers that rival M.A.S.H. and a coyote that was smarter than all of us who brought our community together in a positive way we could’ve never imagined.
Our entire community learned some valuable lessons from Rosie. I wrote this book to pass on those lessons and possibly change a few perceptions about how we interact with the animals we live with.
Meeting Rosie turned me (and many of my neighbors) into advocates for coyotes, which in turn made us advocates for all animals and our environment. Besides, it’s a great story that will make you smile. Rosie is quite an animal, as you will find out.
I hope you enjoy the book, but most of all; I hope it inspires other communities to look at their environment and their neighbors with a more positive and better informed viewpoint. We’re all in this together.
Chalk one up for the animals, Skip Haynes
One of the first animals The Laurel Canyon Animal Company put on their roster was Koko, the lowland gorilla who communicates through sign language. They began working musically with her in 2004.
MAN STUPID! is a song collaboration between the Laurel Canyon Animal Company and Koko – the lowland gorilla who communicates through sign language. It’s inspired by Koko’s speech in January regarding the dangers of denying climate change. A theme song to act as a lightening rod to engage people. 85% percent of the lyrics of MAN STUPID! (including the title) are Koko’s words.
This collaboration include’s the hit song ‘MAN STUPID!’ where the very famous gorilla Koko is a spokesperson to support the position that climate change is a clear and present danger. MAN STUPID! is also the first song of the first dual-species album ever attempted.
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