04. January 2016 · Comments Off on Well Doggone! · Categories: Read Online

A ‘stressed’ dog is hoping to be rehomed with a culture lover – because he only calms down when listening to classical music.

Leo, a two-year old Staffordshire bull terrier, stunned animal sanctuary staff when they discovered the softie only relaxes when he’s being serenaded with masterpieces from the great composers.

Staff at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton, Somerset, first found out about Leo’s unconventional interest when he became stressed by life in a kennel.

They played him some classical music, which has been suggested as a cure for stress by behaviourists, and were stunned to discover it worked – with the brown dog lapping up any Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or Wagner they played.

Centre manager Bel Deering said: “Leo is such a sweetie and a real gentle soul. He may look all tough but he is actually a big softie.


04. January 2016 · Comments Off on Heart Warming · Categories: Read Online

I want this doctor if I have surgery!

Some doctors have better bedside manner than others, but certainly Dr. William Sloan took the prize last month for harmonious interaction with his patient.

Dr. Sloan, a urologist and amateur violinist, played several duets with his patient, Sergio Vigilato, a professional musician who sang and played on an acoustic guitar, just before going into the operating room for surgery at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial in the Los Angeles area. The two played duets, including “Tennessee Waltz.” They might have continued all day long if not for the fact that several surgeries were scheduled for the day. It’s certainly a beautiful interaction to behold, and to me, it illustrates many of the fundamental reasons why we play music: