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Pets Say the Funniest Things

Do you remember that television show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” hosted by Art Linkletter back in the 1960s?  It’s true, they do. Kids are uncensored and honest and sincere. I love that about them. That’s probably why I love communicating with animals so much – they are also uncensored, honest, and sincere. And boy do they say some hilarious things! Indulge me as I reminisce.Linkletter

I remember years ago working with Milo for the first time. He had been licking his foreleg for months and his human hoped we could understand why. This was a unique one for me and continues to be the only time an animal has explained that the lick sore is “his friend” and this is his way of showing affection. And yes, we were able to convince Milo to greet his friend in other ways and we haven’t had to talk to him about this topic since.

Sometimes animals convey funny things with no words at all. Ferguson was asked what he thinks of his companion Billy? Eye roll. That’s all.

There are several animals when asked to consider a different behavior who give me the proverbial arms-crossed-in-front-of-the chest demeanor. How can I not chuckle at that attitude?

A puppy in training to be a service-dog was asked by her guardian if she knew what she was training for and if she wanted to be a service companion? “I love it; I’m going to be star!” she replied with no apology for her confidence. Indeed she did graduate from service-dog training and it is clear that she is a star and loves every minute of her job.

It shouldn’t take me by surprise anymore, but I still laugh when a pet answers a request such as “could you consider changing this behavior?” with a simple and definitive “nope, I can’t.” Usually there is no accompanying attitude. It’s just their answer. Okay, we can work with that!

It is my desire and style to be very respectful of the animals I work with, and yet sometimes I just can’t help it and little chuckle comes out. They don’t mind; some tell me they chuckle at us humans too!

Pet Emergency Info Sheet

Someone sent me this Pet Emergency Information Sheet and while I don’t know who created it or for exactly what purpose (I would give proper credit if I could) I feel it is valuable and needs to be shared.

Emergency Info Sheet 1I have just completed the form myself and I plan to keep it in my emergency box which I keep with me in my car during high-danger months. In the unlikely circumstance that I would be evacuated or kept from returning home during an evacuation, I will have all the relevant and critical information, including a photo, to give the sheriff or firefighters in order to have them identify and retrieve my pets.

My other consideration is to have this form filled out in the, again unlikely, event that my dog should go missing. It takes a little bit of time to gather this information and when a pet is missing we may not be in a state of mind to find all this information quickly.

Lets take the time now to gather this information and keep it in a place where we can have access to it in case of emergency and at a moments notice. I know I will rest a little easier as wild-fire danger escalates this summer, knowing that I am prepared to do all I can for my beloved pets during an unexpected circumstance.

Final Stage of Life Conversations

The topic of the final stage of our pet’s life is hard to think about. I suspect there is a part of us that believes we may bring about the end sooner if we admit that it is approaching; however, discussing with your pet it’s end of life can be the best, most fulfilling discussion you’ve ever had with them. The opportunity to express your deep love and appreciation for your pet while you can still enjoy more time together is priceless. These discussions are helpful in understanding the animal’s desires for assistance to pass or not, for comfort requests in the final days, and for pouring out our heart to our animals who know us so well. Beyond that, there is a relief and release when you are “on the same page” with your beloved animal companion in their remaining days, weeks, or months together.

shadow man dogFrom the animal’s perspective there is a relief and release as well. Many animals are masters at caretaking us, their humans. What a relief for them to know that yes, we will absolutely miss them terribly when they pass, but we are preparing ourselves for that inevitable time. They most likely will continue to take care of us but now with a knowing that we will be sad, but okay. It is a lifted burden of concern for them.

The conversation is simple, and the details of the conversation will evolve as time passes. Initial conversations may be reminiscent of favorite activities combined with an expression of your love and gratitude for the wonderful memories. As you become aware that your beloved companion’s time may be short you can include your desire to take care of them now as they have taken care of you through the years. This is giving them permission to relax and release their caretaking responsibilities, assuring them that you need time to practice while they are still with you to guide. Finally, when you have reached your final time with your companion, be true to yourself and to them. They’ll know if you are not being sincere. Cry if you need to, and admit that you will miss them like crazy and be sad for a while. Then assure them that you will be okay eventually and you want them to be out of pain and free of their body that is no longer working for them. Give them permission to let go.

These are not easy conversations to have, however I can tell you from my experience that these conversations are extremely helpful for our animals as they are preparing to transition from the physical to the spirit world. I have heard from many humans that these conversations help make a devastating time a little more bearable when we, the humans, know that we have expressed our love and deep gratitude to our beloved pets while we still can.


Supporting Our Aging Pets

Where does the time go?  We know that our pets will age, but that doesn’t make it easier when we start to see the physical symptoms. Sometimes the indicators show up slowly over time; for some animals it seems like they age almost overnight. We know how to help with physical comfort but what about the emotions? Do we know how best to support our beloved pets as they come to terms with less energy, less mobility, and/or a decline in sight or hearing? As the aging process progresses it is important to stay in communication with our pet and help them with the emotional aspects of aging.

Graceful aging
Graceful agers tend to be wise old souls who recognize aging as a natural part of their journey on earth. These animals are generally content, fulfilled, and treasure each moment with their beloved family. It doesn’t seem to matter what their origins are; I’ve met plenty of rescue animals with difficult beginnings whose life purpose is fulfilling and they move through each stage of life with love and well-being. These animals often have significant, even profound, wisdom to impart to their human companions in their elder years. Supporting their ability and desire to guide their human with insights and knowledge deepens even further their joy, contentment, and purpose in life. It seems it is often the animals in this category who surprise their human with a rapid decline followed quickly by their passing. These peaceful, quick passings are usually expected by the animal but can leave their human confused and wishing for time to prepare.aging pet

Reluctant aging
Some animals have a harder time with the physical and emotional aspects of aging. There can be a variety of reasons for being reluctant or resentful of the aging process including concern for their humans as they begin to recognize their mortality. It’s important to communicate with these pets as they age to reassure them that aging is natural and to help them with physical and emotional comfort-care through the process. The shift from care-taking their human to accepting care is a process for them. I’ve found these animals can make that shift and joyfully accept aging when the process is a shared journey with their human.

Communicating with your pet through their years of aging and understanding how best to support them will keep you and your pet emotionally healthy and prepared for the inevitable shifts and changes in their senior years. Whether our pets joyfully enter their elder years or kick and scream a bit, what a beautiful gift to share this time with them supporting them and creating lovely memories.

Emergency Preparedness with Microchips

Have you staged an emergency drill to test your pet’s microchip? We never hope to need to rely on the microchip to be reunited with our beloved pet, but in the unfortunate event that you would need to rely on the chip, it will be well worth the time it takes to practice walking through the steps.microchip

Microchips can be a lifesaver for our pet, literally, but if the information that was recorded by the chip company is not accurate, or your contact information has changed and wasn’t updated with the chip company, your pet’s safety and the chances of being reunited with your pal is significantly reduced.

Most of the time microchips work as they are supposed to. Once in a while an error or malfunction renders the microchip useless. In two cases of which I’m personally aware (both turned out fine in the end!), when the guardian of the missing pet called the chip company to report their pet missing, there was a problem. One resulted in a completely different family and different dog – different breed, age, all the vital information – on record. The other realized, after the dog had been found through other means, that the number on the chip was one digit off from the number of record. The rescuing family went through the proper steps but the microchip was no help in reuniting the dog with his family since the chip company had no record of the number that matched the chip. Errors can happen, and we can take responsibility to limit the consequences of the error by simply running our own emergency drill periodically.

  1. Next time you have your microchipped pet in for their well-check exam, ask the veterinarian or vet tech to scan the chip
  2. Match the chip number to the number you have in your file at home
  3. Call the chip company and confirm the number is properly associated with your contact information
  4. Update your contact information if necessary. Is your mobile phone number included? Is the secondary contact person still the appropriate person of record? Has the guardianship of the pet changed through divorce or death, or is the primary residence of the pet with a different family member? Confirm and/or update your contact information every year or so.
Our pets are a member of our family and microchipping is a valuable insurance policy for them. Just like the periodic review we give our other insurance policies, let’s remember to review our pet’s microchip policy as well!

Discussing Animal Communication with Our Veterinarian

I am grateful that I have a very open and respectful relationship with my pet’s health care providers. It occurs to me, however, that some of us may hold back a bit with our veterinarians when discussing the information that has come forth utilizing animal communication with our pets.vet w rabbit

I know there are many animal health care practitioners – veterinarians, techs, DVM specialists, alternative practitioners – who recognize and utilize the value of animal communication. Many refer their clients and many use animal communication services themselves. How do we know when the health care practitioner is familiar with and a fan of animal communication services? How do we pass along valuable information received from our beloved animal companions via an animal communication consultation?

I usually answer questions about disclosure of using an animal communicator with two or three comments, in no particular order:

  • Maybe your vet IS familiar with animal communication. If you suspect that possibility (most holistic veterinary practices are open and even encouraging of many non-scientific resources) try to bring it up next time. If they are a fan of animal communication then you are on your way to an even more rewarding partnership with your animal’s health care practitioner.
  • It’s not so important to disclose *how* you got the valuable information from your pet about how they are feeling; it is important that you convey that information in some way. We can talk that through in a way in which you are comfortable, and in which you are not holding back viable and potentially valuable information.
  • All of us are entitled to a respectful relationship with our health care providers. Even if the veterinarian doesn’t use animal communication as a resource, most will listen to the information provided directly by your pet. If not, and since communicating with your beloved animal is important to you, perhaps this is a good time to evaluate other animal health clinics to find one which is more closely aligned with your priorities.

When you are in partnership with your animal’s health care providers simply relaying the symptoms as you know them, whether from your personal observation or from your pet’s description of how they are feeling, is key. Whether you mention that you’ve worked with an animal communicator is secondary. Follow your intuition and if you do choose to divulge your use of animal communication to your health care practitioner, you might be pleasantly surprised with an enthusiastic acceptance and sincere interest in what your animal companion has to say!

Flower Essences tele-class ~ Adminstering to Pets

flower essenceIf you are an animal guardian and have wondered

  • what flower essences are
  • the benefits of usage
  • topics for usage
  • individual essences
  • blended essences
  • how to safely use flower essences for our companion animals

then this 45-minute informational tele-class may be for you. We will discuss the benefits and how to safely use flower essences for our pets. For more information and to register visit the Articulate Animals website.

Frequently Asked Animal Communication Questions

questionDo you wonder what people ask their pets during an animal communication consultation? Every animal communication session is different, however here are a few questions that come up regularly.

“Is my pet happy?” or “Am I meeting all my pet’s needs?” It doesn’t seem to matter if this is the first time a human is communicating with their pet or if they regularly communicate, this is a very common question. We want to know if we are providing a quality experience for our animal companions, and if there is room for improvement. Sometimes there is room for adjustment; sometimes the pet indicates happiness or jumps to another topic. Still, it’s always a great question to ask even if the pet expresses complete contentment every time.

“Have we been together before (i.e. in another lifetime)” or “Will we be together again (i.e. will my pet come back to me)?” There’s no doubt about it, there are animal-human relationships that could be quantified as the human version of soul mates. Sometimes the bond is so intense and the relationship so effortlessly joyful we feel that there must be a past connection. Often there is. Even more frequently I get the question about a future connection with a beloved pet who has passed away. It is very possible to request, support, and even encourage our pets to consider coming back to us in a new body. Sometimes the animal needs time in the spirit world before they are ready to consider this possible next step, but it never hurts to make the invitation!

“Why do you do x,y,z?” This is usually a curiosity question with no need or intention to change the behavior, just the human’s opportunity to know their pet better and to more fully engage with them in their world. Very often a portion of the response has something to do with “because it’s there” or “because that’s what I do!” In our human minds we quickly realize (usually) when a behavior doesn’t achieve the desired outcome and it’s time to move on. I find that animals, however, live in the moment and usually in a state of hope and belief that things can change at any time and therefore a big payout may be right around the corner if they keep doing that special thing they do.

“How do you spend your time at home during the day without me/us?” I think most of the time this question from the human is asked because we want our precious companions to have the best experience possible while living in our family. Some animals use this time to patrol and “do their job” of maintaining the perimeter; some use the time to rest up so they are ready for fun and games when their humans return. Some express mild (or not so mild) anxiety or a level of alertness, and some request a companion – stuffed or alive – to play with through the day. Every animal has a little different take on their time without their humans and it can be a wonderful gate-way question to a better understanding of their personalities and their needs.

“Any messages?” There are as many responses to this question as there are animals. Some use this opportunity to make requests for food, comfort items, or exercise. Some take this as a sign that their human is ready for wisdom or guidance and that can range from “I worry about you not sleeping enough” to “it’s time to start that thing you’ve been thinking about.” It can be shocking and even a little disconcerting to recognize just how well our animals know and love us, and yet it is also very comforting to know that we’re not going it alone.

This is just a small sampling of the kinds of questions humans ask their animals. There are many other regularly asked questions and topics that are directly related to behaviors, the human-animal relationship, physical health, emotional balance, aging issues and how best to provide comfort as they prepare to pass on. When our intention is to better understand and provide the best possible care for our pets, any topic is fair!