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Article published in May 2012 KCA Quarterly.
By Vicki Holt
If Only I Could Talk to my Pet
I hear this refrain often and always think, “But you can!” Animal communication is a skill almost anyone can learn, but few do. If you’re a skeptic, like I was about 15 years ago, you’re probably thinking, “what a load of baloney,” or something a little less polite. Even after I learned how to do it, I sometimes wondered if I was imagining things. It took hundreds of conversations receiving verifiable information from animals – the kind of stuff I couldn’t have guessed—before my own skepticism finally faded.
Here is one of those incidents that strengthened my belief and took the wind out of one skeptic’s sails. About 10 years ago I received a call from a woman I’ll call Alice. She worked in a veterinarian clinic south of Seattle where her co-workers were all abuzz about the readings I had done with their animals. They urged her to try me. She wanted me to know she believed none of it, but since she could take advantage of my deeply discounted rate for rescue volunteers, she reckoned there was little to lose.
Alice gave me nothing to ask or tell her sleek red Doberman, Leena. “Just talk to her,” was her instruction.
A few days later I reported back to Alice that Leena had revealed what might be a problem with her heart or lungs. For lack of any direction to the conversation, I had started with a mental body scan, and as we scanned over her chest, my own chest tightened and felt odd. I couldn’t move past her chest, so I took the message to be significant. Alice scoffed, saying Leena was a healthy, young adult dog and had had her annual physical recently. I could only tell her that if it were my dog, I’d get her checked. Alice smugly dismissed my warning and was even more convinced animal communication was a figment of the imagination.
Two weeks later Alice called back. The condescension and skepticism were gone. She had taken Leena back to the vet “just in case” and they found Leena had cardiomyopathy. Our communication allowed Leena’s condition to be diagnosed and treated, giving her an extra year with her very grateful owner. Alice became one of my strongest advocates.
What Is Animal Communication?
Animal communication is a form of mental telepathy. Its unique characteristic is that it is done between an animal and a human. Sure, we can talk out loud to our animals and they will often understand just what we’re saying, but the problem is, we can’t hear their answer. That is, we can’t hear it unless we learn to quiet our thoughts and open our minds.
Most pet owners at some time will be talking to their animals and think, “I could swear she understood me. And did she really say, ‘yes, I know Billy is coming home from college tomorrow’?” Self-doubt usually deems the answer an illusion. The fact is, you probably did exchange thoughts with your pet if you think you did.
I’ve been doing animal communication for over ten years and I can tell you what it is, but I still don’t know exactly how telepathy works. While most scientists refute it because studies have not in the past been replicable, quantum physicists are nibbling at the edges of an explanation. For the average Joe or Joan, it’s probably easiest to think of a common form of telepathy that happens to almost all of us. Remember a time when someone you hadn’t seen in months or years crossed your mind, and moments later she called you? That’s telepathy; we just call it coincidence.
In animal communication we harness this ability to transmit thoughts and feelings over distances. Mental telepathy can happen when we’re silently together in the same room, or it can happen when we’re worlds apart. Distance is no barrier to this kind of communication.
Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, and Clairsentience
The information comes in various ways. Some people “hear” words, thoughts, or even full sentences. They are called clairaudient. Clairvoyants see images of the messages being sent by the animals and transmit their thoughts back in mental images. Communicators who feel the messages, as I did with Leena are clairsentient. Many psychics draw predominantly from one sense, while a few rely on all the senses. I am primarily clairvoyant, but also receive sounds, thoughts, words, physical sensations and even tastes.
Clairaudience can sometimes bring amusing revelations. An older couple from my church adopted a young Terrier mix who they named Bob. He was a handful in the early years, and became a regular visitor to my mental “couch”. When they called me to find out why Bob was barking excessively and to ask him to knock it off, I thought we might be facing an uphill climb. As often happens when I think I know what an animal is going to tell me [“Stop barking?—are you kidding? I’m a terrier,”] Bob had a surprise for us. He tuned me in yapping in full voice. I explained that he needed to quiet down because he was disturbing the neighbors. He beamed back the thought, “Well Mom barks constantly, and a lot louder than I do. I’m just imitating her.” When I shared his message, I got a knowing chuckle from Bob’s “daddy”, and an admission from mamma that she did have a tendency to be a little vocal. I saw them at church a month later and they reported that Bob’s incessant barking had tapered off to almost nothing soon after our talk.
One conversation I had with a Kuvasz some years ago demonstrates a simple but telling clairvoyant experience. The dog was thousands of miles away. It was my first conversation with her. The owner was slightly skeptical but curious, and I asked her to tell me no details about the dog or her environment, so that all information would come from the dog. Almost immediately I “saw” the dog holding in her mouth an unusual object made of alternating red and green round segments, with big red lips. It looked like a stuffed caterpillar. The owner confirmed that I had described her dog’s favorite toy. While this is hardly life-changing information, the dog was making a clear connection by showing off her toy, and in the process showing something I hadn’t known about, which would prove to the owner that I was indeed talking with her dog.
A more dramatic clairvoyant experience happened a couple of years later when I was called on to help the transition of a dog to his new home after experiencing a horrible trauma with his original owner. The dog had witnessed his owner’s murder and lay with her for three days before they were found. I had no name or other information about the woman, what state she lived in, or how she died, only that the incident happened somewhere in the eastern United States. Kerby was being rehomed to the murdered woman’s son and daughter-in-law on the West Coast. The stress and grief had affected Kerby deeply and he was not blending well with the couple’s pets. My task was to explain to Kerby that he would be safe in his new home, that his sorrow would ease with time, and that it was important to accept his new family or at least ignore the other pets until he felt ready to interact with them.
Kerby had other intentions for our conversation. He desperately needed to unload his trauma, and he relayed the whole, gruesome scene in images, including a clear image of the murderer. Even many years later, remembering the tragic conversation with this dog still raises my anxiety. When I reported back to the daughter-in-law, she confirmed what the dog had showed me – an attack in the garage, with multiple stab wounds. When I described the man Kerby had shown me, the daughter-in-law said it fit the woman’s ex-husband, and he was under investigation for the murder. I never learned the outcome of the case, but Kerby took my counsel and began to peacefully integrate into the family.
What is Animal Communication Used For and on What Type of Animals?
We use animal communication for any reason a client requests. Often it is to solve behavior problems, such as a cat peeing outside the litter box, dogs attacking each other, a guinea pig fearing people, or a family of crows roosting on the power line and painting the car below with droppings.
It can be helpful in preparing animals for a change coming to their lives such as a move to a new home or a new family member joining the household. We use it to learn an animal’s subjective experience of a health condition and to ask how we owners can make them more comfortable. We can help ease the introduction of new animals by preparing them ahead of time and through the transition process.
We can help calm them in preparation for a visit to the vet or a ride in the car, or to explain that the pill we’re poking down their throat will help them. Animal communication can help resolve phobias, or just allow us to tell our pets we love them. Some communicators specialize in searching for lost pets or talking with animals in spirit.
My animal clients have included rabbits, pet rats, crows, dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, horses, goats, a tarantula, guinea pigs, exotic birds, and chickens. They have lived as near as my own neighborhood and as far away as South America. All I need is a photo of the animal to be sure I’m talking to the right one.
Some people are born with the gift to communicate with animals. I wasn’t. In spite of a lifetime affinity for animals and a deep curiosity about mental telepathy, I could not make out what my animals were trying to tell me. Friends were sure I had the gift because I had such a way with animals, but no matter how hard I beamed my thoughts at the dogs, they never answered. At least I didn’t think so. I read books and listened to tapes on animal communication. Still nothing.
Finally I took a class from an internationally known communicator, Jeri Ryan, PhD., with the Assisi International Animal Institute (www.Assisianimals.org) in San Francisco. I had been trying too hard. The trick is to relax, quiet the mind, and trust the subtle messages. It takes practice, lots of it. When I started, I offered the service free to anyone involved with dog rescue for the first six months, and quickly had several hundred conversations under my belt. The verifiable images and conditions that animals continued to share confirmed for me the reality of mental telepathy until I could no longer doubt it.
Are animal communicators right 100 percent of the time? No. We sometimes misinterpret details, but a good communicator is accurate most of the time.
Being able to communicate with animals has been a privilege and a joy. The greatest joy comes from seeing how happy animals are to be heard and understood by humans.
For specific questions, or to schedule a reading, email Vicki@AnimalsReign.com.
(All names and identities have been changed to protect clients’ privacy).
Vicki Holt is a free-lance writer and editor, owner of a pet sitting business in Seattle, WA, certified instructor of pet first aid and CPR, animal communicator, and small business consultant. She has owned a purebred Kuvasz and now shares her home with Gus, a lovable 10 year old Kuvasz mix, his best friend Shakti, a 16 year old 9 pound Poodle, and Rico, the cat who rules the roost.