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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 cats) 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. 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, 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 Corbett, Edgar Allen Poe, Steve, 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

Mindfulness Daily

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


Ruby

Ruby

Companion: Amy Sinopoli, Contracts Administrator/Author orders/Permissions

Description: Ruby is a miniature Australian Shepherd whose purpose in life, it seems, is to make all who come in contact with her feel good. She is always ready and willing to offer up her little 15 pound potato shaped body up to anyone who needs some love or comfort. Her favorite things are small humans, big humans, other dogs, treats, and tennis balls (in that order). She lives in the mountains with her human, where she enjoys the cool mountain air in the Summer and Fall and copious amounts of snowfall in the Winter and Spring.

Ruby Recommends:

The Language of Emotions

The Language of Emotions

Karla McLaren

What if every feeling—even anger and fear—was bringing you vital information and wisdom? 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


Kiki

KikiDee

Companion: Bridgette Boudreau, Chief Direct Marketing Officer

Description: KikiDee is the only child of our Chief Direct Marketing Officer Bridgette Boudreau. She goes by many nicknames including Kiki, Ms. Dee, Stinky Beans, Lorraine (her middle name) but she will basically come if you look in her general direction. She will also come to you if she detects even the slightest amount of emotional distress. Ms. Dee is a cattle dog with a little pit pull thrown into the mix. Kiki's early years were pretty dark but she hit the jackpot after being rescued by not one, but two moms. Now her days are spent in the practice of her most favorite hobbies: Playing frisbee, being codependent, belly rubs, picking strawberries and snoozing in a sunny spot. Did we mention codependency?

KikiDee Recommends:

Radical Self-Acceptance

Radical Self-Acceptance

Tara Brach

Find the freedom that comes with kindness and true appreciation of yourself and others. Learn More


Mako

Mako

Companion: Julie Hopko, Trade Customer Service

Description: Mako, a dachshund/doberman mix, is the definition of unique. At a stature of 4 feet long by 2 feet tall, he is described as a "giant wiener dog". His unlikely body type helps when chased in the Sounds True backyard because he can turn on a dime and the other dogs simply cannot keep up. Favorite hobbies include: playing fetch, napping, playing chase, walking, attempting to catch bunnies, and being adorable. The adorable factor provides Mako with an overwhelming amount of treats and toys to which some would call him spoiled. But I just call him my best friend.

Mako Recommends:

The Four Virtues of a Leader

The Four Virtues of a Leader

Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann draws on his years of experience consulting with business leaders to develop an effective system that awakens the innate leadership ability inside all of us. He shows us how to overcome fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and other obstructive feelings and fully develop the four virtues of a great leader: focus, courage, grit, and faith. This unabridged audiobook is geared towards business leaders who are looking to grow beyond the edge of their comfort zone.

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


Evy

Evy

Companion: Ranee Kahler, Production Artist

Description: Evy (aka Evelyn Masters) is a Jack Russell Terrier pup who loves people and food alike. Her energy goes beyond limits. She loves to run, play ball, cuddle and explore new trails.

Evy Recommends:

Mindfulness Daily at Work

Mindfulness Daily at Work

Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach

Mindfulness Daily at Work 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


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


Lucy

Lucille (Lucy)

Companion: Stacey Van Cleve, Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Description: Colorado native and park explorer. I am a through-and-through extrovert—people are my passion! I love to be outdoors and go on lots of walks and hikes, but my absolute favorite activity is cuddling. I have a variety of different nicknames, but my favorite is The Beatles tune, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Lucy Recommends:

Through a Dog's Ear: Driving Edition: CD

Through a Dog's Ear: Driving Edition: CD

Lisa Spector, Joshua Leeds, Apollo Chamber Ensemble

Regular Price: $14.96 (33% off)

Special Price $10.02

Dog relaxed, driver alert—scientifically designed music for road trips with your canine. Learn More


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 Doods) 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 siblings 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


Calvin and Kayla

Calvin and Kayla

Companion: Wendy Pardo, Director of Operations

Description: Calvin is a rescue Bernese Mountain mix with a calm and sensitive personality. His favorite things are being groomed and laying in the snow all winter long. Kayla is a rescue Chocolate Lab mix, she is very social and loves to be in the action at all times.

Calvin and Kayla Recommend:

Being True

Being True

Tami Simon

Sounds True’s founder distills 30 years of spiritual exploration into key lessons for living your own truth. Learn More


Ophelia

Ophelia

Companion: Kyle Pivarnik, Acquisitions Manager

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


Phoebe

Phoebe

Companion: Chloé Prusiewicz, Product Marketing Manager

Description: Phoebe (aka Phoeberz, Fuzzy-butt, or just Cat) is the bold and brave cat who decided to take over her mama's cube, and maybe a few other offices too. A rescue cat who was stuck in a crate for over a year before her fur-parents adopted her, she loves chasing just about anything, exploring new horizons, and napping on her human's clothes (we often find her napping in our laundry hamper). She is still quite the kitten at heart and a real diva of a cat. She likes to come into Sounds True to visit everyone for pets, treats, and to gaze out their windows. She especially likes the walks outside where she can pounce on grasshoppers in the tall grass and roll around in the dirt. Dogs aren't so scary anymore, but she still prefers the company of loving humans over the barky dogs any day.

Phoebe Recommends:

Song of Increase

Song of Increase

Jacqueline Freeman

Interest in sustainable beekeeping is at an all-time high. For anyone eager to learn more about this increasingly popular activity, Song of Increase is a book with the potential to change not just the way you look at honeybees, but your entire relationship with the natural world. “Bee whisperer” Jacqueline Freeman, whose bee and farm YouTube videos have been watched more than a million times, shares spiritual wisdom and practical insights for engaging in a mutually beneficial relationship with these surprising creatures.

Learn More


Fitz

Fitzgerald

Companion: Jaclyn Hawkins, Affiliate and Business Development Manager

Description: I am Fitzgerald (aka Fitzie, Sweet Potato, soul sista). I spend my days curled up on my mom's meditation mat; it might look like I'm napping, but I'm really just super zen. My favorite Sounds True offering is the Year of Mindfulness, so I can hear from new teachers every month and spend my days “meditating” on what I'm learning.

Fitz Recommends:

Year of Mindfulness

Year of Mindfulness

Various Presenters


Olive

Olive

Companion: Shaqaula Habinsky, Merchandising Coordinator and Web Content Admin

Description: Olive goes by many names, though Fat Cat, Olive-Juice, and Olivia are her favorites. I came into my human's life in an unexpected way. . . A few weeks of kitty sitting, turned into a lifetime of best-friendship. My top three favorite things to do are take sun-naps, cuddle, and eat.

Olive Recommends:

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Pema Chödrön

Distilled from Pema Chödrön’s commencement speech at Naropa University on the day of her granddaughter’s graduation, this offering from the beloved teacher and author offers us a gem of clarity and compassion to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts. Learn More

“This book is a good reminder to never give up. Pema is oh-so wise!” Olive


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, Email Marketing Coordinator

Product Recommendation:

Power Breathing

Power Breathing

Master Stephen Co

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


Ande

Ande (2006–2016)

Companion: April Sargent, Operations Manager

Product Recommendation:

Invisible Acts of Power

Invisible Acts of Power

Caroline Myss

Myss explains why being of service to others is not an option, but a biological necessity. Learn More


Una

Una (–2016)

Companion: Becca Job, Proofreader

Product Recommendation:

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


Piper

Piper (–2016)

Companion: Hayden Peltier, Video Production Specialist / Audio Engineer

Product Recommendation:

Water

Water

Alex Theory

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