Friday, November 17, 2017

Animals and Gratitude

“If having a soul means to be able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”                                           – James Herriot

Animals Express Love and Gratitude Daily

Animals are full of grace, love unconditionally, and do not judge as humans do. 

Smiling Bodhi Bear

With Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season upon us, it’s a perfect time to muse about the love and gratitude you and your animal family share together. 

When you express gratitude to your pets, it creates positive feelings, a sense of harmony, and builds trust. In addition, it shows your love for them.

Sharing gratitude with your pets, both physically and telepathically, opens the door to a more profound and loving relationship while strengthening your bond together. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

Being mindful of your pets' ability pick up on your thoughts and emotions can help your animals better deal with the stress that comes with the holiday season. Every thought and feeling you have is sent off telepathically from your mind straight to your animal companions. Whether you like it or not, your pets can feel if you are happy or sad; relaxed or stressed.

Trying to hide your thoughts and feelings from them is futile because pets are masterful at receiving telepathic messages. What animals don't always understand are the reasons behind your emotions which can confuse and upset them. If your Holiday plans aren't going the way you wanted and your feeling upset, your animal friends may feel they are the cause of your stress and distress.

Just Say No!

During the Holidays, it's important to keep your pets' routine as normal as possible especially their meals and exercise routine. Remove them from stressful situations to a quiet, safe place: they will be happier away from the Holiday madness. When you say "no" to their pleading faces as they are trying to convince you to feed them more turkey or treats is an act of grace.

Some people feel animals aren't capable of expressing gratitude. I wholeheartedly disagree. I believe animals show their appreciation to their humans daily. In many ways, your pet's actions speak volumes about how they are feeling.

It's fun and life-affirming to see the different ways your pets share their love and gratitude which is sometimes difficult to understand or recognize.

Your animal family loves you unconditionally which is an expression of their gratitude. Even when you're feeling sad or blue, their love for you remains constant and consistent.

Some other expressions of thanks from your pets manifest by sticking close to you, following you around, or lying on or near you.

My Cat, Mona Marie
Other signs of gratitude may not be as apparent as when cats bring their humans a gift of the dead remains of a mouse or bird they caught and tortured. Cats are proud to express their appreciation with such a unique surprise for their favorite human.

My dog, Bodhi Bear expresses his gratitude by nuzzling up to my face or flashing his effervescent smile. My cat, Mona Marie shows her unconditional love by sleeping on me at night. My Siamese, Elvis is a snuggle bug who isn't shy about lying on my heart center.

How does your animal family show their gratitude? 

I'd love to hear about your pet's expressions of gratitude. Please share your stories here on my blog or go to my Facebook page.

Need help figuring out what your pets are communicating with you? I can help by giving your animal family a "voice." 

Need a Holiday Break? Why not consider a Reiki Session for you and your pets?

Call me at 925-671-9208 or email me to schedule your Animal Communication Session or Reiki Session today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rescued Dog Helped with Animal Communication and Reiki After A Stroke

Paralyzed from the Neck Down, Puppy Mill Dog Predicted His Paralysis Was Temporary.

Zac the Keeshond's tale is about how Animal Communication and Reiki can bring hope to an unimaginable situation. 

His tale shows that animals can predict their recovery when given a "voice."

Zac's story also speaks to the strength and resilience puppy mill dogs have to move past their adversity and traumas when they have a loving and supportive "pack." 

Shortly after Thanksgiving last year, I was contacted by Gregg and Karen B., who were out of their minds with worry about their puppy mill rescue dog, Zac.

Zac the Keeshond A Year After His Stroke

Zac had a tough life before he joined Gregg and Karen's pack. Born in a horrific puppy mill in Upstate New York, he was rescued when he was approximately 5 to 7 years old.

Can you imagine a dog with little to no human contact for 7 years? It seems inconceivable that 1000s of dogs like Zac endure the same inhumane existence.

Zac's past has made him skittish and afraid of random things. Yet he is loving, gentle, sweet, and kind. He is courageous especially when he is spooked by his past demons.

Gregg and Karen asked me to communicate with Zac right after he became paralyzed from the neck down due to a stroke. They explained Zac seemed fine after playing with his best friend, Jethro the Labrador, but 45 minutes later Zac could no longer stand or walk.

On his Facebook page. Gregg wrote about how I was helping Zac with Animal Communication and Reiki:
Cathy has helped my pack immensely. I have three rescued dogs, all from different places. As with most rescued pets, limited, none or sketchy (at best) history is available on them. She is so amazing and so very on point. 
Well, right after Thanksgiving last year, this little guy of mine, Zac had a stroke. He was paralyzed from the neck down. He was bright eyed but afraid. He refused food, water, and his medications. If there was any hope my boy was going to survive this, we needed his cooperation with our efforts.
We contacted The Animal Muse--Animal Communicator Cathy Malkin for help.
During the initial telephone conversation with Cathy, we had our dogs in the same room with us. Cathy said Zac was afraid but wanted to get better. He told Cathy he hadn’t lost hope because my wife and I were willing to help him recover. 
Zac expressed with complete certainty, he would recover from his trauma. He was firm that he would regain full modibily and run again. 
Cathy communicated to Zac that if he was going to get back on his paws, he must eat, drink. and take his meds. She also told Zac that carrying him around, assisting him with bodily functions, including walking in a carry handle assisted harness, etc, we would lovingly and happily take care of. 
As God is my witness, within 5 minutes of hanging up the phone with Cathy, my boy started to drink and ate for the first time since being released from the hospital. Plus he took his meds like a kid eating candy!
The Zac Pack

When I spoke with Zac shortly after he was admitted to the animal hospital ER, he told me was terrified. I felt him shutting down and withdrawing emotionally and mentally. He refused meds, food, and water.

Gregg, Karen, and I were afraid he was going to die.

Zac felt he was being abandoned at the animal hospital to die. Even worse, he thought he might be returned to the puppy mill. I reassured Zac that he wasn't being left. I told him that he'd never be returned to that horrific place. Not now, not ever! I then reiterated he was well-loved and very much wanted.

After hearing from Zac, I asked Gregg and Karen to visit him in the hospital as much as possible to assure him he wasn't being abandoned by his family and to bolster his spirits.

A few weeks later, Zac experienced a setback in his recovery.

Gregg updated his Facebook friends on Zac's progress:
We've been in touch with Cathy Malkin, who checks in with us to let us know Zac is still very vocal. 
Interestingly, Zac has been more vocal, literally since about a week into this ordeal. He has found his bark, his voice. 
Cathy is our gateway to Zac's voice. Zac told her he tweaked himself getting up from laying down and judging on when the setback appeared, we think we know when. He said he's feeling better, and knows he is loved! 
Cathy sent Reiki again for Zac so we're confident he's back on the mend.
We will not give up on you little buddy, never not ever!

In the past year since Zac's debilitating injury, I've communicated with Zac and offered him Reiki often. Zac is happy to report he has recovered from his stroke. He's resumed his daily walks with his Dad and Barkley, along with play dates with Jethro.

Since that fateful day in November 2017, I've helped the other members of Zac's Pack: Griffin (now In Spirit) and Barkley with Animal Communication and Reiki.


Gregg shared the following on his FB page:
True to his word, Zac has recovered to about 95% of his pre-stroke condition, and we know without Cathy’s assistance that may not have been the case. 
Since then, we have used Cathy’s animal communicator abilities to assist us with our other two dogs as well. Griffin, also a rescued Keeshond, suffered from seizures and had a huge tumor removed from his liver, and our other dog, Barkley is generally healthy but has become out of sorts since Griffin  passed on 9/11/17 from liver cancer.    
Cathy has spoken to our depressed fuzzy boy, Zac who told us what he needs to help him along. In the past couple weeks, he seems to be doing better. 
Cathy has even communicated with our boy, Griffin who crossed The Rainbow Bridge. 
I can’t say enough about Cathy and her mastery of her power. 
Check out her website, FB page, email her, and/or give her a call. Tell her Griffin, Barkley, Zac, and their dad recommended you call!
Thank you, Cathy, for making The Zac Pack’s life complete! 
Puppy mill dogs like Zac and his pack are my heroes. Their strength, resilience, and willingness to move past their traumatic past is nothing less astounding.

Loving and kind humans like Gregg and Karen are also my heroes. Their dedication to helping their dogs move forward is heartwarming and life-affirming.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Should I Dress Up My Pet for Halloween?

Just like people, some pets like to dress up in clothing and hats.  Most animals prefer you don't make them wear human outfits. 

Out of respect for your pets' feelings and well-being, it's important your honor their wishes whether or not you agree with them.

My Spirit Dog, Kobe Bear
As much as I want to dress my dog Bodhi up in a Halloween costume, he wants nothing to do with hats and human outfits. He becomes stressed and anxious when I try to outfit him. The most he's willing to tolerate are accouterments that go around his neck like bandanas, necklaces, and bows.

My previous dog, Kobe Bear loved wearing hats and necklaces. He happily wore them for hours.

Not my Bodhi! He clearly tells me that costumes aren't his thing by throwing hats off his head or sitting down when I put a vest on him.

Whether I like or not, I respect Bodhi's wishes and I refrain from dressing him up. Wearing human outfits is not his thing. The last thing I want to do is stress him out or make him uncomfortable. So I have let go of my wish to put costumes and hats on him.

You should only put a costume on your pet if they are comfortable with the idea.

Even if your pet doesn't mind wearing outfits, be mindful of stress signals that your pet might be giving you like yawning, lip licking, turning their back to you, or avoiding eye contact. Some pets will run away and/or hide if they're not onboard with your playing dress up with them.

If your animal is exhibiting any of these "stress signals," take the outfit off immediately as it's not fair to your pet to keep them dressed.

Many pets tolerate wearing clothing to make their people happy. That's why it's key to keep a lookout for signs of stress or anxiety when your pet is wearing a costume.

If your pet doesn't like wearing a costume that covers his head and body, a better alternative might be a bandana or bow. Or nothing at all.

If your animal companion enjoys dressing up like Kobe Bear did, please keep the following in mind to make sure you and your animal family have a safe and enjoyable time:
    MacGuyver the Puggle 
  • If your pet is acting impatient, annoyed, uncomfortable, or unhappy wearing a costume, she is trying to tell you wearing a costume is not her cup of tea. (Learn more about Stress in Pets)
  • Costumes must provide freedom of movement for your pet's comfort and safety.  When choosing a pet costume, make sure it doesn't impair your pet's hearing, sight, or the ability to bark, eat, drink, or eliminate.  
  • Your pet's head and neck should be able to move freely in their outfit. If your pet is wearing a hat, double-check that isn't too big and doesn't cover her eyes.
  • Avoid potential Choking Hazards on costumes like bow ties, ribbons, hanging beads, or pieces that might fall off, along with other loose items which might cause choking if swallowed. Always watch for these kinds of objects and any other potential choking hazards on your pet's costumes.
  • Allow your pet to get used to wearing his costume before going trick or treating on Halloween.
  • Avoid itchy or uncomfortable materials. 
  • Choose a brightly colored costume so you can be seen at night, especially if you plan to take your pet  Trick or Treating. Bright clothing makes it easier for your pet to be seen in the dark. Attaching a blinking light and using reflective material will increase their visibility.  If you use glow sticks and jewelry, keep in mind that they can be toxic to your pet if ingested. 
  • NEVER force your animal to wear clothing because most animals don't understand what human clothes are and why they need to wear them.
  • If if you really need to put an outfit on an animal and your animal hates wearing costumes, a better choice might be dressing up a stuffed animal.

It's important your animals feel comfortable and safe wearing their Halloween costume. Otherwise, it's not worth upsetting them by making them do something that scares them.

Have a fun Halloween!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be one of the scariest and dangerous days of the year for your pets because humans transform themselves into unworldly beings like ghosts,  Minions, Rocky, and Super Woman. 

Minion Pug
Minion Pug

If you do nothing else this Halloween, make sure your pets are wearing their ID tags with your current cell number on it just in case your pet slips out when trick-or-treaters come to your door.

A pet's ID is your pet's ticket home. Wearing identification tags and having a microchip is your pet's best chance of finding their way home if they go missing.

If you choose to dress up your pet, never leave them unattended while wearing their Halloween costume.

Here are more safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Make sure your pet's costume fits properly and doesn't' encumber their movements or cover their face, eyes, ears, and nose. 
  • Halloween candy, especially sweet confections containing chocolate or xylitol (a sugar substitute used in sugar-free candies and gum) can be dangerous to your pet. It's best to avoid feeding candy to your pet. Make sure you put your Halloween goodies in a safe place where your pet can't get access to them.
  • Keep jack-o-lanterns and lit candles away and out of reach of pets.
  • Keep Glow sticks and jewelry away from pets. They can be toxic if ingested. This awful tasting liquid can make animals salivate excessively and exhibit odd behavior.
MacGuyver The Puggle dressed as "Rocky."
  • Keep your pets in a quiet back room away from the front door where they can easily escape when tricker or treaters arrive. If your pet is nervous around strangers or tends to bite when stressed, they will feel safer in a room away from Halloween activity while the trick or treaters are out. Your dog will thank you for taking the stress off of them.
  • Don't leave pets outside unattended during Halloween trick or treating. If left alone, your pet can get spooked and even escape. Plus some people can do cruel things to pets, especially black cats.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stress and Your Pet

Are you feeling stressed-out? 

If you are feeling stressed, then there's a good chance your animal family is also feeling stress.

Animal Communication and Animal Reiki sessions are two ideal ways to reduce stress while promoting overall well-being for you and your pets.

It's important you take care of yourself because your stress affects your animal family. Since stress is a primary cause of behavioral issues and illness in pets, helping yourself and your animal family to de-stress and relax can make a world of difference.

Talking with your animal during an Animal Communication session is similar to talk therapy in that it's essential for you and your pets to express yourselves to release misunderstandings and miscommunications. Pets prefer to live in a calm, peaceful environment and welcome the chance to offer solutions to decrease the stress.

A 30-minute distant Reiki session for you and your animal family can reduce stress since Reiki promotes deep relaxation which fosters self-healing along with an overall sense of peace and well-being.

One of the bonuses of distant Animal Communication and Reiki sessions is you, and your pets can receive their many benefits from the comfort of your home. 

Since stress affects all members of your family, Cathy prefers to include you and your entire animal family in your Animal Communication and Reiki sessions whenever possible because stress affects the whole family.

There is no time like the present to give yourself and your animal family the gift of relaxation by de-stressing your lives with a 30-minute Animal Communication and/or distance Reiki session.

Your pets will thank you for taking good care of yourself and them!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Benefits of Animal Communication

Have you ever thought, "I wish I could get answers directly from my pets?"

Or "I know my animal is trying to tell me something. But what?"

Bodhi Bear

Telepathy, which means feeling another soul or spirit over a distance, is the universal language that all species speak including humans and animals. Animal Communicators, like myself, interpret animals' thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints using the telepathic connection.

Animal Communication empowers your pets by giving them a "voice" so they can share their thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints with you,

Communicating telepathically with your pets brings many rewards including letting them know how much you love, care, and respect them.

Here are 5 Benefits of Telepathic Animal Communication:

  • Animal Communication allows you to make decisions and work in partnership with your animals instead of second-guessing what they may be thinking or want. It empowers animals when they can have a say in the decisions that affect them like if they want a new animal friend or end-of-life decisions.
  • Telepathic Animal Communication can clear up misunderstandings and miscommunications that can lead to unwanted issues and problems like separation anxiety or inappropriate bathroom behaviors.
  • As teachers and healers, pets welcome the opportunity to share their wisdom and offer guidance.
  • Gives you a chance to share your heart with your pet creating mutual understanding, harmony, trust, and love.
  • Animals feel loved when their voices are heard and understood. 
Interested in talking with your pets during an Animal Communication session? Give me a call at 925-671-9208 or email me.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Oak Tree Muse

Trees are wise teachers and poets.

These grounded Spirits spiral upward toward the heavens as their branches spread like an umbrella offering shelter to any one who happens by.

I credit Trees for playing a significant role in the development of my telepathic and Reiki skills.

When I began learning Reik many years ago, I first practiced with Trees instead of with people and animals. At the time, I intuitively felt Trees would help me stay grounded and focused as I learned how to be an open-hearted conduit for the spiritual energy known as Reiki.

When I was reawakening my telepathic animal communication gifts a couple of years later, I again turned to my trusted friends the trees. To this day, I love talking with trees. Their wisdom and knowledge continue to humble me.

An Oak Tree caught my attention telepathically the other day as I was contemplating the role trees have played in the evolution of my animal communication and Reiki skills.

She seemed amused by my inquisitiveness and interest in her musings.

I then heard the Oak Tree Muse:

I swing. I sway. I dance with the wind.
Soil and rain nurtures my soul as
My roots run deep into the crevices of Mother Earth.
Keeping me connected with all of Creation.
Each day I deal with whatever comes my way.
Even when losing a branch or leaves, I'm rewarded with new growth. 
Witnessing the cycles of life as I spiral towards the heavens above,
Welcoming those seeking safe haven in my trunk and canopy of branches.
Even in death, I shelter those who call me home. 
We Trees are wise old beings settled in our stately ways,
Offering lessons in standing tall and being grounded. 
Listen with an open heart and you will hear the truth of who you are.

I thanked the Oak for taking the time to share her wisdom with me.

Next time you feel a tree reach out to you, I  hope you will open your heart to feel their wisdom as they have much to share.