I have always loved laying my hands on animals, but I had no idea that I was an animal communicator. I’d heard about people who could talk with animals and wished I could be one. I didn’t know that I had the ability to converse with four legged creatures. I thought one must need to possess superhuman powers, that only special people could “get it”. I was surprised how easy it was for me to learn to talk to animals.
One day my friend Gail whose horse I was treating asked me, “If you can tell where Bogart’s hurting can you tell what he’s thinking?” Her request was a little bit tentative. I had no idea if I could communicate with Bogart. I decided to simply ask him about his life.
I said under my breath, “Bogart are you happy living here?” This horse has to be thrilled to live on such a beautiful farm, I thought out loud. But when Bogart responded, his answer wasn’t so enthusiastic.
As I waited for his reply thoughts and pictures like post cards popped into my head. They were very clear thoughts and they were not mine. Bogart had a complaint. I wasn’t sure if I was right or wrong, but I took a chance and told Gail what he was saying say, “I love my life here,” he said, “except for…when the boys come in the barn with the white rope.” When I relayed this to Gail she was a bit skeptical…and indignant. “My boys don’t come down to the barn and they wouldn’t ever do anything with a rope!” she said. I told her I could be mistaken, but the picture I’d gotten from him was extremely clear–there was a white rope and there were boys and it kept flashing back to me.
I quickly changed the subject, finished my treatment, and left. Later that night I got a phone call from Gail. She’d asked the boys during dinner if they’d been down at the barn. They said they had, because their father had asked them to give the horses some hay. They’d thrown the hay in a pile, but Bogart kept chasing the other horses away from it. The oldest boy grabbed a white lunge line that was hanging on the wall and started throwing it at Bogart to get him to stop. Gail was amazed, but not too amazed to tell her sons this: “Bogart told Cindy he doesn’t like when you do that. So don’t!”
I speak for all animals. When dogs come to see me, I first allow them to walk around my office and check the place out. There are lots of good smells everywhere, and all dogs love to explore them. Once they get the chance to do what comes naturally for them, they relax. As my four-legged clients are settling in, I pull up a pillow and sit on the floor next to them.
Animals communicate to people with thoughts, feelings, or images, like snapshots, just as Bogart did. Sometimes the thoughts don’t make sense to me, but they are always understood dead-on by the dog’s owner. Sometimes a dog will talk in feelings. I will feel its sadness, fear, an adrenaline rush, or confusion. These are not my feelings; they are the dog’s feeling. Once they know they can trust me they share what they’re feeling with a sense of relief.
Dogs come to see me when they are having problems that their owners can’t solve. Sometimes they need the help of a qualified trainer to help to work out their problems, other times the dog needs to be heard or there is physical discomfort that is causing the dog concern, or a combination of it all.
All dogs have their own speaking style. Some talk in short sentences, taking breaks in between their thoughts, others talk in run on sentences and it can be challenging to keep up with them. Dogs that talk in fragmented sentences, whose thoughts and attention spans are all over the place, remind me of people with Attention Deficit Disorder. “I love when my owner…what’s that on the wall? I need to go out. What’s that noise? Are you coming?” These dogs can be challenging to read, but are always brilliant once I help them to focus. Dogs talk about their feelings of love, happiness and sometimes of their disappointments and concerns. Just like us, some dogs are easier talk to than others.
As the dog sniffs around my dog room I will sit with my eyes closed and allow random thoughts to drop into my mind. It’s easier to communicate when I quiet my mind. With some dogs I can tell what they are thinking by the way they move their bodies. If they hold their heads low and avoid eye contact, I can tell that they are feeling insecure and need to talk. If they are bouncy and moving about seemingly care-free, I can see that they are happy.
A happy dog’s biggest complaint may be that you changed his kibble or washed his bed! Each dog presents in his or her own way and, just like humans, each dog communicates differently.
When I bring up a behavior that a dog doesn’t want to change, the dog will look away from me. It’s very funny and very clear to everyone when this is the case–not much different from what you might see in humans who don’t want to change, no matter how negatively their behavior affects others.
Our dogs are very wise and the older they get the wiser they become. They are experts at reading our moods and, as I have learned over the years, our minds. They are our best friends.
When I do readings, I focus on helping the dogs to express themselves. If they’re in conflict with their humans, we come up with compromises, by asking the human or the dog to adjust their behavior. Some of my dog clients, as you will read in the pages to follow, come to me with serious problems that they and their humans can’t resolve without outside help; some are sick and old, others just need to be heard. They all have important things to share.
The stories in this book belong to the dogs and their owners. Many of the dogs are new clients I’ve never met. A few are dogs that I‘ve been working with through illnesses and passing, others come from time to time when their owners know it’s time to check in. I thank them all for sharing their stories.