Music has this effect on our mood. The music that we listen to can give us energy, or it can help us calm down and relax. Because of the significant impact music can have on our mood, it’s no surprise that it can also affect animals, especially dogs.
Dogs living in shelters are in constant stress. They are locked in cages, and they would always want to find a way to go out. Because of the stress they feel, dogs living in shelters are unable to show their real personalities to people coming to adopt.
Whenever we enter dog shelters, we often hear numerous dogs barking and howling. Some get scared and pace back and forth in their kennels. To calm these dogs, Cheryl Wallace decided to use her talent in the most unusual way.
Cheryl heard that classical music could help calm dogs living in shelters. So, she decided to head to the local shelter in Nebraska to play the cello. At first, the puppies started barking continuously. However, as soon as she began her performance, the puppies soon stopped barking and listened curiously.
It became apparent that music did have a relaxing effect on the dogs living in the shelter. A few minutes into the performance, Cheryl observed that the dogs started relaxing, and some even closed their eyes to sleep.
Cheryl wants to inspire other musicians to volunteer in animal shelters by playing music for the dogs. Although it’s an unusual audience, Cheryl finds it very rewarding just by knowing that she helps the dogs calm down and relax.
We shouldn’t underestimate the power of music. With Cheryl alone, she was able to calm twenty dogs by playing music. That’s equivalent to twenty volunteers petting and stroking the dog to calm them down inside their kennel.
Here’s a video showing Cheryl playing the cello in front of her unusual audience. Cheryl serves as an inspiration to all people. Shelters are stressful environments for dogs, especially if it’s crowded. By just playing music, we can help these dogs living in shelters relax, and we can prevent them from experiencing trauma.
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