Sounds True: Many Voices, One Journey

Sounds True Dogs

As part of our commitment to creating a work environment that honors every facet of life, Sounds True employees are invited to bring their four-legged friends to the office. We are grateful for the cheerful and loving energy that comes from sharing our space with our canine companions—as many as 15 on any given day! Here are some of the dogs (and one cat) that regularly join us in our work and play:


Razzie

Razzie

Companion: Tami Simon, Founder and Publisher

Description: “Razzie” (Full name: Raspberry; Most popular nicknames include Razcal, Raz, Razzle Dazzle, Razmatazz, and Razcallion) is an all-black spoodle, which means she is half-cocker spaniel and half poodle. Often referred to in North America as a “cockapoo,” Tami and Julie prefer the Australian naming of this mixed breed because of the “ooooh” sound in “oodle.” At this writing, Raz is just a puppy, known for her ceaselessly joyful and mischievous nature.

Razzie Recommends:

Divine Rebels

Divine Rebels

Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey

How history's spiritual trailblazers light the way on our own evolutionary journeys. Learn More

Her favorite ST program is Divine Rebels, enamored as she is with the pioneering mystics throughout history who took great leaps of faith (Raz loves to jump from heights and find herself airborne), and who forged their own path regardless of cultural norms (Raz thinks noses are for biting).


Abe

Abe

Companion: Kristen Combs, Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Description: Abe is a 6(ish) year-old German Shepherd with achondroplastic dwarfism. He was adopted by Kristen from a German Shepherd rescue in Denver (after being transferred from a shelter in New Mexico, then being adopted by another family and returned because of the difficulties in caring for his disabilities, mixed with extensive emotional issues). A fragile, sweet soul with a traumatic past and chronic pain, Abe’s trust does not come easily. When he first joined the Sounds True family, even Kristen could not look in his direction, and human contact was both scary and physically painful. With the patience and love of the whole company (not to mention some heavy duty painkillers!), he has blossomed into the loving creature we all adore. He is now a proud, handsome fella with abundant dog and human friends (Raspberry is his BFF) who takes his job of guarding his home, his cat brothers Randolph and Corbett, and his mom Kristen very seriously. He can often be found shuffling through the hallways of Sounds True bringing smiles and joy to all who see him.

Abe Recommends:

Good Medicine

Good Medicine

Pema Chödrön

A video course on a Tibetan Buddhist practice to help you turn difficulty into insight. Learn More

“Pema showed me how to heal from my past and find friendship and compassion, both for others and, more importantly, for myself.” —Abe


Scruffy

Scruffy

Companion: Kasmah McDermott, Executive Assistant & Facilities Manager

Description: Scruffy (aka Scruffalicious, Scruffs, Scruffalo) loves to come to work at Sounds True and takes his job of napping very seriously!

Scruffy Recommends:

What's in the Way Is the Way

What's in the Way Is the Way

Mary O'Malley

Join this renowned teacher as she presents insights and practical exercises for turning your challenges into your greatest allies and teachers.

Learn More


Bleu

Bleu

Companion: Kasmah McDermott, Executive Assistant & Facilities Manager

Description: Bleu is a Chinese Crested and Westie mix. He is a happy little guy who loves everyone, even his grumpy brother, Scruffy. His favorite hobbies are: walks, chewing, looking out of windows, and cuddling.

Bleu Recommends:

Mindfulness Daily - First Session is FREE

Mindfulness Daily - First Session is FREE

Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach

Mindfulness Daily brings you a 40-day training in mindfulness meditation with two of the world’s most respected meditation teachers, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Each daily 10–15 minute lesson includes a short talk and a guided meditation. To create this program, Jack and Tara distilled their extensive body of work into the 40 essential lessons you need the most. Content is delivered both online and in a new app, making this program incredibly accessible, comprehensive, and affordable. Learn More

“I like starting my day meditating with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. This program prepares me for everything that life throws at me and gives me a few more moments relaxing before getting out of bed.” —Bleu


Greta

Greta

Companion: Tori Carpenter, Web Merchandising

Description: Greta (aka Minimini) is our tiniest Sounds True dog at 8.5 lbs. She is shy when she first meets you, but rest assured that she will quickly overcome this response to transform into the queen of tummy rubs—a process that can be accelerated if you have a treat handy. In spite of her small stature, Greta can bound into her guardian’s arms at the command of “uppy.”

Greta Recommends:

From Fear to Fearlessness

From Fear to Fearlessness

Pema Chödrön

Distilled insights and practices from the full-length audio course The Noble Heart. Learn More


Momo

Momo

Companion: Tori Carpenter, Web Merchandising

Description: Momo enjoys taking walks, eating Greta’s dinner, stealing other’s toys, and staying in very close proximity to her guardian. She has a number of tricks taught to her by our email marketing manager, and tests everyone she encounters to determine whether they’ve been trained, too (to give treats).

Momo Recommends:

Your Brain on Love

Your Brain on Love

Stan Tatkin

A training course for creating greater intimacy and joy in your relationships. Learn More


Luna

Luna

Companion: Grayson Towler, Deputy Copy Chief

Description: Luna (aka Luna Lovegood, Lunatic, or the Duck-Billed Lunadon) is an Australian shepherd crossed with a chainsaw, and perhaps a dash of kangaroo. The beautiful and speedy Luna came to her home from the Colorado Aussie Rescue. She enjoys crunchable treats, agility training, and breaking trail while her people snowshoe, and is currently trying for the world record in stuffed toy de-stuffing. Luna is a naturally sweet soul who is steadfast in her belief that all beings can achieve oneness through playing with tennis balls.

Luna Recommends:

Out of Your Mind

Out of Your Mind

Alan Watts

Twelve pinnacle teaching sessions on how to break through the limits of the rational mind. Learn More


Olive

Olive

Companion: Jaime Schwalb, Creative Team Director

Description: Olive (aka “Olive-loo” or “Sweetledee”) is one of the newest (and most outspoken) members of the editorial team. She hails from the Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue and has settled into the halls and hearts of Sounds True in record time. Olive has an amazing ability to open doors, jump baby gates (or miraculously remove them altogether), and generally make her presence known. Outside the office, she enjoys long hikes and runs with Jaime and thrives on heavy doses of daily doting.

Olive Recommends:

Healing Trauma

Healing Trauma

Peter A. Levine

A complete course on somatic experiencing—a revolutionary method for releasing trauma. Learn More

“I am a rescue dog, and I have had some trauma that made me anxious and afraid. Healing takes time and patience, but it is worth it to be happy.” —Olive


Millie

Millie

Companion: Joe Ditta, Copy Chief

Description: Millie is a sweet, dignified, deeply concerned Setter/Spaniel who loves chasing squirrels and birds, snuggling in bed, and lots of attention and fun.

Millie Recommends:

The Neuroscience of Change

The Neuroscience of Change

Kelly McGonigal

Modern science and spiritual wisdom combined in a mindful approach to lasting change. Learn More

The Neuroscience of Change helps me learn new tricks as I grow older.” —Millie


Annie

Annie

Companion: Lisa Thomas, Audio Editor

Description: Annie is a retired momma who has come a long way from her days on the streets of Wyoming. She is very pleased to be a part of the Sounds True dog pack. Annie enjoys positive attention, giving kisses, lounging in the sunshine, and doing her “happy dance” (wiggling around on her back with a big smile on her face). Her favorite place at ST is in customer service, where she receives all the loving she could ever ask for.

Annie Recommends:

To Love and Be Loved

To Love and Be Loved

Stephen Levine, Ondrea Levine

Wisdom teachings for turning relationship challenges into personal growth opportunities. Learn More

“What else is there?” —Annie


Jack

Jack

Companion: Lisa Thomas, Audio Editor

Description: Jack is one of the newer members of the Sounds True dog family. His mom was found as a stray on a cold winter night in a suburb of Denver and the next day gave birth to 12 puppies. ColoRADogs (a local bully breed advocacy group) came to the rescue, mom and puppies were fostered, and now each of them has a forever home. Jack is a goofy and handsome fellow who loves to play and snuggle—he thinks he is a lap dog despite the fact he weighs over 70 pounds. His favorite part of the work day is playtime in the backyard with his fellow ST pups.

Jack Recommends:

Through a Cat's Ear, Volume 1

Through a Cat's Ear, Volume 1

Lisa Spector, Joshua Leeds

Soothing music created specifically to meet a cat's need for consistency and stability. Learn More

“Three of my siblings are cats and I have witnessed the calming effect this program has on them—it’s a lifesaver!” —Jack


Miles

Miles

Companion: Andrew Pike, Studio Engineer

Description: Miles is a lifelong ST puppy. Here from the week he was adopted to now, he has grown much like our employees and customers. Perhaps more physically than spiritually, but you never know, he was happy from the minute he set foot through the door!

Miles Recommends:

Universal Love

Universal Love

Nawang Khechog

A pilgrimage of compassion through music, melding traditional and original compositions. Learn More

“I just met you, and this is crazy, but I am a puppy, and I love you unconditionally.” —Miles


Piper

Piper

Companion: Hayden Peltier, Video Production Specialist / Audio Engineer

Description: Piper (aka “Bubs”) is a 100-pound lapdog with no sense of her own size. Being only part Lab (and part American bulldog), she will run to fetch a stick but not bring it back. The spot atop her head is her “off” button, but it has been broken for years. Water is her favorite pastime, and she will dunk her head to throw water into the air like an elephant. She feels the need to lean and step on her loved ones, most literally, and will knock you over with her weight. The most common thing we hear regarding Piper is, “What is she?” We still don’t know.

Piper Recommends:

Water

Water

Alex Theory

Ambient music based on the vibrational frequencies of life’s most essential element. Learn More

“As a part Lab, I totally believe in the healing power of water. Especially if you dunk your head in it and blow bubbles, then spray it everywhere! That’s the best!” —Piper


Rusty

Rusty

Companion: Michelle Caggiano, Metadata Specialist/Sales Administrator

Description: Rusty is a little dog with a big personality. He is 5 pounds of pure attitude. Like many of his breed, he is extremely loyal and very over-protective. Great watch dog, poor guard dog. He enjoys sleeping in, cat naps, yoga, and long walks through the park.

Rusty Recommends:

Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations

Shiva Rea

Immerse yourself in yoga’s foundational sun sequences excerpted from the Yoga Shakti DVD. Learn More

Rusty loves practicing his downward dog!


Mako

Mako

Companion: Julie H., Customer Service Representative

Description: Mako is known around Customer Service as an escape artist. He has the ability to get out of any situation to go find his best friend at Sounds True, Bishop. This includes unlocking gates and turning door handles. He is named after the fastest shark in all of the oceans, the mako shark. Together, Mako and Bishop play chase in Sounds True’s back yard until both of them are exhausted to the point of napping for the rest of the day. As a dachshund/doberman mix, he is 4 feet long and only 2 feet tall.

Mako Recommends:

Whatever Arises, Love That

Whatever Arises, Love That

Matt Kahn

At this moment, there are endless gifts residing in your heart. In Whatever Arises, Love That, Matt Kahn invites you to “discover for yourself how powerful, inspired, and fulfilled you were always meant to be, once the act of opening your heart is recognized as the timeless remover of every obstacle.” Learn More

“Because every time I chew something important (like law school books), my owners are reminded to love me even more when I am bad, which often results in me getting my favorite beef jerky treats.” —Mako


Una

Una

Companion: Becca Job, Proofreader

Description: Una (aka Unabelle or Una Fish) is a Border Collie with striking bi-colored eyes. She tends to be timid around other quadrupeds, unless they’re all playing together, in which case she feels duty-bound as a herding dog to play referee. Una enjoys snuggling and squirrel patrol, but her ultimate passion lies in chasing her tennis ball. As a longtime disciple of the Orb of Ultimate Happiness, her unwavering devotion to the path of the ball is an inspiration to others seeking to achieve spherical enlightenment. Look for her debut novel, The Ball Is All , as soon as she works out how to use a keyboard.

Una Recommends:

Leap Before You Look

Leap Before You Look

Arjuna Ardagh

Guided mini-practices to drop you into the infinite possibilities of the moment. Learn More

“My human thinks it’s kind of silly when I run after the ball before she throws it, but according to this, I’m just embodying the potential of the present moment. Now, where did the ball go?” —Una


Layla & Zena

Layla & Zena

Companion: Beth Skelley, Production Artist

Description: The Girls are big-headed mixes with hearts to match. Don’t let this docile photo fool you, their other nickname is The Crazies and they often frighten other dog parkers with their verbose antics. Layla’s claim to fame is that she survived a water rescue after breaking through the ice and swimming in a circle for 20 minutes. Zena is more like a cat and has nine lives—one of her close calls was chasing three healthy coyotes up a mountain, turning around and getting chased by them. Guess they were scared off by the big head. Their favorite words are eat, walk, ride, and squirrel (in that order)!

Layla & Zena Recommend:

Awaken the Inner Shaman

Awaken the Inner Shaman

José Luis Stevens

A guide for connecting to your source of power—the wise, true self of the Inner Shaman. Learn More

“Our inner shamans are definitely awakened every time we see the big kitty on the front cover!” —Layla & Zena

Hobart

Hobart

Companion: Rachael Murray, Senior Designer/Art Director for Sales and Marketing

Description: “I was a homeless puppy living with coyotes on the railroad tracks behind Sounds True. I still feel a little wild, but I am growing up into a good boy.”

Hobart Recommends:

Growing Up Mindful

Growing Up Mindful

Christopher Willard

For parents, educators, counselors, caregivers—anyone looking to share mindfulness with the young people in their lives—Growing Up Mindful is a step-by-step guidebook with more than 75 mindfulness exercises to learn, model, and integrate into the lives of children of all ages and interests.

Learn More

Growing Up Mindful has helped me live in civilization. When I want to bite something, I use my favorite practice for impulse control called ‘HALT’ to quickly check in with my feelings and needs. When I feel anxious I practice ‘3-2-1 Contact’ to ground and calm myself. Of course I still need my quiet time, but now with Dr. Willard’s help, I think humans are pretty okay.” —Hobart

Indiana

Indiana

Companion: Ewa Nowak, Web Designer

Description: Indiana is a Groenendael (Belgian Shepherd Dog). Indie loves to hike 14ers, go camping, and chase rabbits. He makes an excellent crag dog when we go rock climbing. His least favorite activity is human skiing because he has to stay at home. His favorite toy is a red Kong Wubba. Indie is very food motivated—he assumes everyone in the office exists for the sole purpose of serving him snacks. We let him believe it.

Indiana Recommends:

Kundalini Morning Chants

Kundalini Morning Chants

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda

For yoga practitioners, meditators, or anyone curious about the Kundalini yoga tradition, a complete album for listening or active chanting as a tool for heightening spiritual awareness, engaging with the Kundalini energy within you, and exploring higher states of consciousness. Learn More

“Listening to Kundalini Morning Chants puts me in a meditative state and makes me temporarily forget about snacks.” —Indie


Amy

Amy

Companion: Keila Hoover, Web Content Assistant

Description: Amy (aka Fat Amy) is a British Bulldog with all the love and snorts to give. She’s a fan of all animal and humankind. She plays until there’s no more ruckus energy in her. Her favorite hobby is eating EVERYTHING she can get her snout on and chasing the cat around the house. She is great at giving pep talks via forceful snuggles and licks.

Amy Recommends:

Tibetan Dream Journey

Tibetan Dream Journey

Nawang Khechog

Original compositions inspired by the practices of compassion and Tibetan dream yoga. Learn More

“This is my essential go-to nap-time music to help with my snoring.” —Amy


Bella

Bella

Companion: Kelsey Matas, Ecommerce Merchandiser

Description: Bella (aka Mrs. or Mrs. Bear) is a wire-haired miniature dachshund. She enjoys coming to work with her mom and sitting on her lap. She loves playing ball and is obsessed with chasing shadows.

Bella Recommends:

Knowing Your Shadow

Knowing Your Shadow

Robert Augustus Masters

A course for making wise use of the neglected emotions, wounds, and gifts within us. Learn More

“Ever since playing with a laser pointer when I was a puppy, I have been on a mission to catch any source of light and all shadows. Knowing Your Shadow has taught me about my shadow side, though I haven’t been able to catch it just yet.” —Bella


Indy

Indy

Companion: Kelsey Matas, Ecommerce Merchandiser

Description: Indiana (aka Indy, Indy-Doo, or Doodles) is a rescue pup, named for Indiana University where her parents met. Part White German Shepherd, part Yellow Lab, Indy has a LOT of energy. She loves coming to work to play with the other dogs. She also loves going on runs with her Mom and Dad and relentlessly trying to lick her little human sisters in the face.

Indy Recommends:

Prana Pulse

Prana Pulse

Shamans Dream

A sensual soundscape that invites us to surrender to life's ecstatic pulse. Learn More

“I have a lot of energy, and listening to Prana Pulse helps me release some of this pent-up energy while also discovering my true rhythm and harmony through the dance of wagging my whole body.” —Indy


Sapphire

Sapphire

Companion: Katie Geilenkirchen, Email Marketing Manager

Description: Sapphire (aka Sapphie, SapphieLu, Bunny, Munchkin, Puddin Pop, etc.) is a rescued Neapolitan Mastiff/Boxer mix. She and her mom are new to Sounds True, so she’s still getting the swing of this whole “office dog” thing. Sapphire pretends to be a good guard dog, but really enjoys napping and getting attention from anyone willing to give it.

Sapphire Recommends:

Through a Dog's Ear

Through a Dog's Ear

Lisa Spector, Joshua Leeds

Classical music clinically demonstrated to soothe a dog’s nervous system. Learn More

“I have what my mom calls ‘separation anxiety’ so this music helps me calm down and relax.” —Sapphire


Ophelia

Ophelia

Companion: Kyle Pivarnik, Ecommerce Analyst

Description: Ophelia Tenenbaum (aka Ophie, Oaf, Ophie-Doo) is an Australian Shepard mix hailing from the mean streets of New Mexico. At nine weeks, she found her way from a shelter to an adoption event in Colorado and found her forever home. She likes to relax with a pumpkin puree stuffed bone, and has made it her personal mission to destroy all things plush.

Ophelia Recommends:

Art of Attention

Art of Attention

Elena Brower, Erica Jago

Distilled from Elena Brower and Erica Jago’s acclaimed workshops and training programs, Art of Attention has become an essential resource among instructors and students seeking to bring movement-based mindfulness into their practice. This beautiful illustrated book guides you through pose-by-pose practices, journaling, and luminary wisdom into the deeper experiences of yoga practice. Learn More

“The beauty of Hatha Yoga goes beyond any particular body type, beautifully illustrated in this book with stick figures. My favorite!” —Ophelia


Ace

Ace

Companion: Scott Youmans, Applications Development Manager

Description: We adopted Ace to be a wise older brother to our slightly younger Wolverine. Instantly, Ace proved himself to be a different kind of feline: people-friendly, calm around dogs, and adventurous without being too scared of the unknown. Once I started working at Sounds True, I noticed that our pet-friendly workplace was very dog-centric and wanted more of a multi-species presence. Because of his adventurous spirit, Ace seemed like he would be a great fit, and so he’s been coming to work weekly since 2014. Ace walks in from the car on his leash, and at the end of the day walks back to the car; occasionally, he gets distracted by the grass along the sidewalk, and he is frightened by the train that occasionally goes by. He used to stay tethered to his workstation all day, but he quickly showed that he wasn’t interested in wandering around and he now has the freedom of his own office that he graciously shares with me.

Ace Recommends:

Elixir

Elixir

Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, Joni Allen

Provocative grooves and sensuous ballads from three stars of the world yoga music scene. Learn More

“I love racing around the house and chasing after my brother Wolverine. When ‘Dancing Ground’ from David Stringer’s Elixir comes on, it makes me want to leap faster from room to room. It’s the perfect CD to listen to after indulging in some catnip. And sometimes when I’m staring out into space and listening to ‘Are You There’ or ‘Wildly Devoted,’ I recognize my own purrfect divinity.” —Ace


In Loving Memory


Our furry friends are part of the Sounds True family. Though the following beloved companions have passed, they live on in our memories.

Jasmine

Jasmine (1998-2015)

Companion: Tami Simon, Founder and Publisher

Product Recommendation:

When Food Is Food & Love Is Love

When Food Is Food & Love Is Love

Geneen Roth

Develop skills to find satisfaction in each meal and accept your body’s natural weight. Learn More


Fife

Fife (1999–2015)

Companion: Kristen Combs, Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Product Recommendation:

Mother Night

Mother Night

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

A six-part presentation on how to tap the creative power of all that lies in darkness. Learn More


Ula

Ula (2008–2016)

Companion: Trista Rucks, HR Director

Product Recommendation:

Healing Touch Meditations

Healing Touch Meditations

Cynthia Hutchison

Medically sound, easy-to-learn practices to activate and harness your healing energy. Learn More


Hoosier

Hoosier (2008–2014)

Companion: Kelsey Matas, Ecommerce Merchandiser

Product Recommendation:

Power Breathing

Power Breathing

Master Stephen Co

Daily breathing practices to recharge and purify your body’s vital energy system. Learn More