In Loving Memory Of Kona

In loving memory of Kona
April 8, 2003- September 3, 2011

Yesterday, we had to say our final goodbyes to our beloved Golden Retriever, Kona, who lost his battle with cancer. Kona is our third Golden we have lost to cancer in 5 years. This time it was nerve sheath cancer, differnet name, same horrible disease.

We adopted Kona just 2 years ago, when he was 6 years old. He was our 17th foster dog and I knew the moment I laid eyes on him, he was not leaving us. Not to mince words, but his previous life was crappy. So we showered him with love and he blossomed into an amazing dog.

Together, he and I volunteered at local hospitals and hospices, providing pet therapy visits to patients. Our specialty was working with brain trauma and stroke patients. I witnessed Kona’s magic as he helped people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

I feel incredibly privileged to have known this amazing being, even if it was for far too short of a time. Dogs live the best lives; in the moment and fully…completely. A lesson we all should remember.

June 24th Is Take Your Dog To Work Day.

 

Yep, there’s a day for that….June 24th is Take Your Dog To Work Day. From the day Raja joined our family, he came to work at the studio with us. His presence was invaluable in many ways.

Once I was recording a band in a Hollywood recording studio. After hours of trying to record a good performance on a song, the drummer became very frustrated and accompanied by much cursing, flung his drumsticks across the studio. He then sat behind his drum set silently steaming, angry he could not get the performance he needed. As the producer, it is my job to get the best performance out of artists and to defuse situations like this, which do arise from time to time. Creative artists can be shall we say, more than a little emotional at times. What to say in such a delicate situation? Without a word to the drummer, I got up and let Raja out into the recording studio from the control room. Raja proceeded to trot over to the drummer and plop his head on his lap, where he looked up at him with those big brown Retriever eyes, while wagging his tail in sweeping friendly arcs.

The drummer laughed and petted Raja’s head as he said, “Okay, I’m an idiot.”

It defused the tension immediately and he got the track in the next take. Raja always has a way of sensing just the right thing to do at the right time. This is what made him so valuable in the studio.

Our current Golden Retriever, Kona comes to work with us everyday, so it’s nothing new for him, but it may be an eye opening experience for others. It doesn’t hurt that Kona is a registered therapy dog either; he knows all the ins and outs of working. Having a well behaved dog around the office can do some of the following:

  • reduce stress
  • lower your blood pressure
  • ease anxiety
  • enhance communication
  • improve motivation

We know having Kona around makes the long hours in the studio go by with lots of smiles, besides who doesn’t love to take a break and throw a frisbee around? And Kona is one of the coolest producers we know.