Friday, April 12, 2019

Animals Appreciate Being Heard and Understood

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. 
--Chief Seattle

Norwegian Horse Using A Symbol Board

All animals, including horses, know how to communicate with humans using the universal language of telepathy. Unfortunately, the problem isn't with the animals communicating their needs to humans, it's whether the humans are listening to what animals have to say.

I love it when scientific research studies validate and prove animals want to be heard and understood much like humans do. Even so, I don't need scientific proof to know that it makes animals happy when humans understand them at a spiritual level using telepathy.

It's kind of silly to think that animals, including horses, aren't able to communicate with humans unless they use human constructed symbols and methods. A prime example of this is a recent scientific study by Norwegian researchers who taught 23 horses how to use three symbol boards that told the researchers whether the horses wanted their blankets on, blankets off, or wanted no change.

Not surprisingly, all the horses in the study quickly learned what the three symbols boards meant and then gladly expressed their preferences.  However, these horses didn't just learn to communicate with humans because Norwegian researchers came up with an experiment to prove a hypothesis.

According to the research study:
"When horses realized that they were able to communicate with the trainers, i.e. to signal their wishes regarding blanketing, many became very eager in the training or testing situation," the researchers write. "Some even tried to attract the attention of the trainers prior to the test situation, by vocalizing and running towards the trainers, and follow their movements."

My client, Izzy the horse is an excellent example of how being heard, understood, and validated can make a big difference in our animals' lives as well as making them happy.


Andrea initially contacted me to find out about Izzy's past, given Izzy was having a hard time adjusting to her new life. It was essential to Andrea that she help Izzy become the best horse Izzy could be.

Once Andrea understood Izzy's past, I asked her to let go of thinking about it. By focusing on Izzy's history, Andrea unwittingly made Izzy relive her past trauma and pain. Instead, I encouraged Andrea to concentrate on visualizing Izzy in all her perfection and goodness as she moves forward.

Andrea took a vacation shortly after we first spoke with Izzy and reported the following changes in Izzy upon her return:
After your advice when we first talked, (about letting go of Izzy's past), I told Izzy's trainer, Hillary.  I'm glad she's open to your advice as we've been working on visualizing Izzy being the horse we want her to be. It's so wonderful to hear that it's making a difference and that she feels that. 
Really great news about Izzy. In fact, since I've been back from my vacation, I have felt a huge shift in her and so has trainer. I'm thrilled to hear she feels more relaxed and balanced to you - very encouraging. She is getting to be the horse I knew was in there and it's lovely to see her be so happy. I realize she is on a healing path. 
When you understand animals' thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints, it's easier to feel connected to the animals along with our compassionate self. And it helps animals be the best they can be.
Animals want and deserve to be heard and understood just like humans. The best way to do this is by rekindling your natural telepathic abilities so you can receive information directly from animals. If you need help, then reach out to a professional Animal Communicator like myself to help you interpret what is on your animal's mind and in their hearts.
Your animal will thank you for listening.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mustang Musings

I recently attended a gathering that benefited the American Wild Horse Institute (AWHI). AWHI's mission is to preserve Mustangs and educate people about their plight.

Mustang Ambassadors Amore and Sol
Horse-crazy since childhood, I was excited to find out there is a Mustang sanctuary located at the base of Mt. Diablo State Park in Walnut Creek, California not far from my home. 

I wasn't sure what to expect spending time with the Mustangs. As a child, I dreamt about being a Mustang running free and wild across the Western Plains with my herd.

Initially, the seven Mustangs who live at Bryerly Farms seemed like ordinary horses who live in 3 separate paddock areas. There was nothing to suggest they were wild horses.

It's interesting to note that there is a difference of opinions about whether Mustangs are descendants of domesticated horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors or are indigenous to North American.

Traditional Dakota/Lakota people believe the aboriginal North American horse did not become extinct after the last Ice Age but actually survived it. According to the Protect website,
Dakota/Lakota Elders as well as many other Indian nations contest this theory  and content (that wild horses aren't indigeneous), that according to their oral history, the North American horse survived the Ice Age, and that they had developed a horse culture long before the arrival of Europeans, and, furthermore, that these same distinct ponys (sic) continued to thrive on the prairies until the latter part of the XIXth (19th) century, when the U.S. government ordered them rounded up and destroyed to prevent Indians from leaving the newly-created reservations.

The first Mustangs I met and communicated with were Amore and Sol who share a paddock next to the driveway. Their energy was calm and welcoming. I felt a childlike excitement to be in their company.

Sol and Amore have accepted their role as Mustang Ambassadors. Sol and Amore told me that they hadn't wanted to be a bridge of understanding for people, yet they've embraced their circumstances. They've come to enjoy meeting the curious humans who sometimes see them as an anomaly.

Amore Used to Run Wild and Fre
The background stories for Amore and brothers, Sol and Val are heartbreakingly familiar when it comes to Mustangs and the way they are treated (or should I say mistreated) by certain humans.

Sol, along with his brother Val, were rescued from a wild horse holding facility when they were mere babies. Tragically, the young colts were taken away from their mother.  The brothers were inconsolable as they screamed for their mama. Thankfully, AWHI heard their cries and rescued them vowing to keep the brothers together forever.  Sol and Val now live in adjacent paddocks.

Sol, who is wise and majestic immediately introduced himself as the herd leader. He explained he was comfortable with his leadership role as he knows how important it educate people about the challenges the Mustangs face for survival.

Sol shared his feelings about being at the sanctuary,
Because I came to the sanctuary as a colt, I know no other life or existence. In many ways, I feel less like a Mustang and more like a domesticated horse. I've learned to connect to my domesticated side as a matter of survival. I appreciate hearing Amore's stories of being with her herd as they explored the Western Plains.
Before being rescued, Amore was free and wild living with her herd in Nevada. She was captured and bought by a kill buyer who planned on selling her to a Mexican slaughterhouse for human consumption.

Amore shared that it was hard to trust people, especially after being captured. The humans around her were cruel and uncaring. She was scared and forced to do things that were unnatural to her. Amore showed me that she fought hard after being torn away from her life as she longed to be free again.

Despite being severely traumatized by her ordeal, Amore tells me she now feels safe and happy to be at the sanctuary. She admits she dreams of the day that she'll be able to roam free and run like the wind with her herd.

After communicating with the Mustangs, I thanked them for sharing their hearts and wisdom with me.
Val is Sol's Brother
After listening to the Mustangs, I found their commuication to be similar to the many messages I've received from wildlife like wolves, coyotes, elephants, dolphins, and whales.

The genocide humans continue to wage on wild animals, including wolves, elephants, rhinos, and wild horses has to stop. It's heartbreaking to think of how many animals have gone extinct or have become endangered in the past 60 years.

As long as there is an appetite for horse meat in Western Europe and Asia, wild horses will be killed just like elephants are killed for their ivory tusks. The continued destruction of habitat to feed human needs for housing, food, and cattle raising is destroying our environment and way too many animal and insect species.

It's naive and shortsighted to believe that humans won't soon become extinct given their lack of connection to Mother Earth.

Amore and Sol

I came away from my Mustang encounter feeling concerned, but cautiously optimistic that Mustangs and other species will survive the wrath of human destruction.

Animals are crying out to be heard before it's too late. Humans need to remember we are interconnected and interrelated so what harm we cause animals will ultimately harm ourselves.

One way we can change is to open our hearts to hear the musings of the animals. You can improve the lives of the animals by increasing your telepathic animal communication abilities.

When we work in harmony with Mother Nature instead of against her, the better our chances are to stem the tides of destruction.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Remembering My Animal Muse

KC the Keeshond Will Always Be My Valentine

My Animal Muse, KC

Valentine's Day is a bittersweet day for me because it's my beloved KC the Keeshond's birthday. I don't really know when he was born; I rescued KC close to Valentine's Day in 1993. It seemed fitting that this exceptional dog, who was so full of compassion, wisdom, and love would be born on Valentine's Birthday.

I find it hard to believe it's been 18 short years since we said "goodbye." My KC was an incredible partner and old soul in a beautiful fuzzy Keeshond body. A bright spirit, he had a fantastic way of opening peoples' hearts, especially mine!

When KC died, it was hard for me to move forward given the vital role he played in my life. He was a catalyst that catapulted to me where I am today. I will always be grateful for setting me on my current path.

It was a cold sunny January day by the San Francisco Bay when I initially heard KC calling to me telepathically. I heard a voice say to me, "It's time for you to have a dog. Come find me."

At the time I didn't know what I was receiving was called Animal Communication. Yet, I knew it was time to find a dog to assist me in my life. After a brief two week search, I found KC in Placerville, Ca at the Keeshond rescue shelter.

From the moment I laid eyes on him, I knew KC was the one calling out to me. It was love at first sight. Finding him felt magical.

KC worked tirelessly to open up my intuition and telepathic abilities. His divine guidance and inspiration led me to become an Animal Muse.  His steady and wise presence nurtured me as he guided on my journey of self-discovery of my true self. I credit KC for many good things in my life.

KC accompanied me to graduate school while I earned my Master's degree in Counseling and Education. My school awarded KC his own honorary Master's degree: Conscious Canine because of his loving and compassionate participation in my classes. KC is the first and only dog to receive an honorary Master's degree from John F. Kennedy University.

As we worked on our Master's, KC  telepathically communicated to me his desire to teach children about being kind and responsible to animals. While I liked the idea of doing Humane Education programs, but I never lost sight of my desire to become an Animal Communicator.

After graduation, KC and I became volunteer Humane Educators. Together, we planted seeds of kindness and respect about all living beings in the web of life in classrooms around my county. 

We loved doing school programs. I particularly enjoyed watching KC as he was a masterful teacher and skilled partner who always put smiles on the faces of our students.

KC was right by my side while I did my Animal Communication training. His loving support and encouragement helped me develop my telepathic abilities. KC made sure I didn't give up on my dream of being an Animal Communicator.

One of the hardest lessons my best friend and constant companion taught me was how devastating grief could be when he transitioned home to Spirit way too soon in 2001. 

Losing KC was earthshattering and life-altering to put it mildly. It was hard coping and dealing with the pain of his loss. It took me months to recover. Always wise, KC's death inspired me to become a Pet Loss Grief Counselor. 

KC told me, 
"Now that you understand how hard it is to lose an animal companion, I urge you to help others. No one should grieve the death of a pet alone. I want you to offer them solace." 
Besides bringing solace to people around pet loss, KC encouraged me to give hope to humans when their animals are going through the dying process with Hospice and Euthanasia Counseling. 

While I miss his physical existence, KC's ongoing Spiritual Presence in my life continues to teach me about unconditional love, self-acceptance, mutual respect, and compassion towards all living beings in the web of life.

Thank you, my dear KC, for all that you continue to do for Mother Earth and me.

Every day I'm grateful for your loving Presence, Guidance, and Love.

Happy Birthday my Sweet Angel!

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Gift of Sharing Your Heart with Animals

This holiday season give your animals the gift of love, peace, and joy by opening your heart chakra, which is where Animal Communication and Reiki originate.

The heart chakra* is the pathway that connects you with your true spiritual nature and all living beings in the web of life. It’s through the heart, located in the middle of your chest that the physical and spiritual merge and connect us with our intuitive self, nature, and animals instead of in your logic and rational mind.

The fourth chakra, called Anahata is the center of love, empathy, and compassion. When you are in your heart-center, you transmit calm, loving and peaceful energy. Plus you are more grounded and centered because you are in the Universal life energy flow of love that supports and nurtures all living beings.

Animals respond positively when humans come from their heart center, not in our thinking mind. Unfortunately, logic and thoughts are valued over heart energy. When we are up in our heads, it disconnects us from our true spiritual nature, others, specifically our animal families. 

Your pets feel the energy you're experiencing at any given moment. It's like casting a stone in a pond that ripples outward because all our thoughts and feelings go off on energetic waves to those around us.

Both people and animals naturally absorb these energies. That's why animals instinctually move away from disturbing energies like stress, anger, anxiety, and fear whenever possible because this type of energy tells them to go into fight or flight mode to avoid danger.

When you radiate love and compassion, you become a magnet to animals.

Animal Reiki pioneer, Kathleen Prasad from the Animal Reiki Source created this excellent animated video that clearly illustrates how animals perceive and respond when we connect with our heart chakra and the spiritual life force energy known as Reiki.

Kathleen does a masterful job showing how animals, whether they are domestic, wild, farm, or caged respond to the calm and loving energy of love and Reiki.

An excellent way to access your heart chakra is by practicing Animal Communication and Reiki which are heart-centered and connects us to animals on a deep Spiritual level. When you communicate telepathically and become Reiki with animals, you naturally transmit peaceful and loving energy that all animals need and desire.

Living a heartfelt life is a gift that keeps on giving. Just breathe through your heart center, feel all the love you have for your animal family, and you will naturally radiate love, peace, and compassion.

*Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk. Each chakra is a swirling vortex of power which represent specific frequencies and colors. There are seven wheels of spiritual power throughout human and animals' bodies which connect us to the web of life and the Universal life energy force also known as Reiki. The fourth chakra is located in the center of the chest.

Monday, October 15, 2018

9 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

Saying "good-bye" to a beloved animal companion is life-altering. 

Mourning the loss of the pet can be devastating and overwhelming. 

My Beloved Kobe Bear (Now In Spirit)

In the past couple of months, my dog Bodhi Bear and I have said "goodbye" to our two dear dog friends that we affectionately refer to as our DFFs or "Dog Friend Furever."

MacGuyver the Puggle left in June. A couple of weeks ago, Sabrina Renee the Golden Retriever also transitioned home to Spirit. Needless to say, we miss our DFFs a lot.

MacGuyver the Puggle (Now In Spirit)

One reason why we grieve so deeply for our pets is the unconditional love and acceptance we share with them. It's essential to deal with the pain and sadness because avoiding the grief can be far more debilitating. Not dealing with your grief can prolong your suffering. 

If you didn't love your pet so much, you wouldn't grieve so deeply. In other words, the intensity of your grief reflects the depth of love you share with your beloved animal companion.

When I suddenly lost my Kobe Bear over five years ago, I was overwhelmed with grief. His death rocked my world in ways I never fathomed. The silence without him was deafening, and my heart was shattered into a million pieces.

It took at least six months for me to recover from Kobe's death despite getting my new puppy, Bodhi Bear three weeks after Kobe passed. It helps that I can communicate with Kobe and know that he's okay and is always with me as my Heart Dog.

I had an even harder time when my first Keeshond, KC died in 2001. My grief was debilitating, and I didn't totally recover from my loss until I adopted Kobe Bear over a year after KC's death.

To this day, I miss my two dogs tremendously even though I continue to talk with them telepathically.

KC the Keeshond is My Animal Muse

Losing KC almost 20 years ago is the main reason why I continue to help pet guardians cope and deal with their heartache and anguish.  When KC died, he conveyed to me from Spirit that I needed to put my Master's degree in Counseling to good use by offering Pet Loss and Grief Counseling.

KC, who is a benevolent being, inspired me to help relieve the suffering and sadness.

KC explained that when I give animals in Spirit a "voice," it helps pet lovers understand that their animal friends don't die. Only their physical bodies cease to exist and will return to Mother Earth. As Spirit, animals live eternally through our hearts and therefore never really leave us.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve as everyone's grief manifests itself differently

Here are some suggestions to help you or someone you know to overcome the loss of a pet.

9 Ways to Cope with Pet Loss:
  • Be kind and loving to yourself: this is what your pet would want.
  • Give yourself permission to cry and grieve. When you keep your emotions bottled up,  it's not good for you as it blocks the flow of energy. It's better to release your tears as they arise.
  • Share your experience with those who understand and honor your grief like with close friends and family who can offer you love and support during this challenging time.
  • Tell stories about your pet whether verbally, in a journal or by creating a photo collage. 
  • Memorialize and honor your pet with a memorial celebrating their life.
  • Volunteer at a local animal rescue organization or shelter.
  • Put a pet food drive together or collect towels for your local animal shelter.
  • Donate to your favorite animal organization in your pet's honor.
  • Give your deceased animal a "voice" during an Animal Communication Session.

Bodhi Bear with DFF Sabrina Renee (Now In Spirit)

It takes time to recover from the death of a pet so be kind and patient with yourself.  The amount of time it takes for your healing varies depending on you and the nature of your relationship with your animal.

If you are having trouble moving on, it's important you reach out and ask for help from a Pet Loss Grief Counselor like myself. There is no need to grieve and mourn alone. Help and support are available.

Email me to set up an animal communication phone session to find out how your deceased pet is doing. And don't forget to ask if they're planning on reincarnating as your new animal companion.

Monday, September 17, 2018

How Mindful Living Benefits Pets

In a recent blog post, What Do Pets Really Want? I discussed how the best Present you can give your pets is your undivided Presence

Your pets appreciate and benefit when you're able to sit quietly with them. They understand everyone wins we stay present and centered in mind and body.

One way to become Present is by practicing Mindfulness, which is a lot easier said than done given our busy lives, endless distractions, and thoughts.

Pets Appreciate It When We Can Be Present with them.

What is Mindfulness? defines Mindfulness, "as the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."

Animals are naturally mindful because they instinctually live in the here and now, not in the past or future like humans tend to do. They are keenly aware of what's going on around them since their lives depend on it.

Pets absolutely know when humans are overwhelmed and reactive and prefer it when the energy around them is peaceful, calm and balanced.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

Living mindfully is about consciously being in the present moment where the animals live. The more mindful you become, the more aware you'll be of your animal family's thoughts and feelings making it easier to communicate and understand your animals' viewpoints.

Practicing mindful living teaches us how to redirect conditioned responses to prevent overreactions or feelings of being overwhelmed with what's going on in our thoughts and environment.

Unlike animals, humans have to consciously work at being mindful because we experience 50,000 plus thoughts a day. This endless mind chatter takes us into the past or future, which doesn't exist for animals.

When our thoughts take over, it’s hard to stay present because our awareness is wherever our thoughts take us which can then be projected onto our animal families.

As humans get lost in thought, pets wonder where we go, especially when our thoughts lead to overaction and projections.

It doesn't help when we place judgments on our continuous thoughts which takes us even further away from giving our pets our undivided attention.

Animals are incredibly sensitive and aware of what's happening around them. They feel whatever energy our thoughts project. These projections can be upsetting for animals, especially if our minds take us to intense emotions like anger, fear, or anxiety. Sometimes this leads our pets to react to what's going on inside of us.

Mindfulness Benefits Your Relationship with Your Pets

Living mindfully is about consciously being in the present moment where the animals live. The more in touch you become with your thoughts, the more aware you'll become of your animal family's thoughts and feelings making it easier to communicate and understand animals' viewpoints.

The goal of practicing Mindfulness is to pay attention to the present moment without passing judgment on whatever thoughts may arise. It's about learning how to bring your focus and awareness back to the present over and over again.

Some of the many benefits of practicing mindfulness with your pets include providing a safe, calm,  and balanced environment for them to live in.

It's healthier for you and your animal family's mind, body, and soul when we are calm and peaceful.

How to Create A Mindful Practice:

Being mindful takes conscious effort to practice. The more you work on being present with your pets, the better. Thankfully, no unique furniture or equipment is necessary to be mindful as you can do it anywhere.

It only takes 5 minutes a few times a day to increase your self-awareness in the moment.

Your animal family will thank and support you when you practice Mindfulness with them.

Simple Steps to Mindful Living:

  • Take a couple of deep breaths and slowly let them out.  Feel your feet grounded to Mother Earth. Continue to breathe deeply as you bring your focus and awareness to the present moment.
  • As you continue to breathe, observe all that is going on around you in the present moment. Don't rush. Take your time. Just observe.
  • As thoughts arise, let go of any judgments and preconceived notions. Just notice what comes up, then let them go as you allow your thoughts to flow by.
  • Continually refocus your awareness onto your breath as you return your consciousness to the present moment.
  • Recognize what's happening around you in the present moment including your thoughts and animal companions. 
  • Keep returning to the here and now as thoughts arise.
Repeat the above steps as often as necessary, since being mindful is an on-going process.

For more information about Mindful living, visit

Monday, June 25, 2018

9 Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Calm during 4th of July Week

Did you know more pets go missing over the July 4th holiday than at any other time of year?

Historically, July 5th is the busiest day at Animal Shelters in the U.S.A. 

This year is going to be especially challenging for pet guardians because the holiday lands in the middle of the week. No doubt people will be setting off firecrackers from Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, July 8th.

Celebrating the 4th of July with its loud pyrotechnics and fireworks displays may be fun for humans, but it scares and disorient pets in a matter of seconds, causing them to melt down in terror with many trying to flee from the safety of their homes and go missing. 

Why? Animals become anxious and scared when they hear loud noises and see bright flashing lights. Their instincts tell them to run as fast and far away as possible to escape the source of their discomfort and anxiety.

Throughout the Independence Day weekend, your pets will hear noises you might not be aware of because of their sensitive ears and nervous systems.

Once an animal becomes frantic, it's difficult for them to calm down. It's better for your pets, and you to prevent your pets from becoming distressed in the first place. Once in the "red zone," your pet can no longer hear you.

Instead, their panic drives them to find a safe place away from the perceived danger. This is why animals tend to hide under furniture, go into a closet, or try to escape their backyards and homes by whatever means possible.

This video from PETA shows, from a dog's perspective, how quickly a dog can become spooked and fast they can run from fireworks and firecrackers with potentially life-threatening consequences.

Recognizing the physical signs of stress is the first step to alleviating your pet's distress. 

Here are some physical signs of anxiety and stress in pets:

  • Excessive Panting and drooling
  • Ears Pinned Back
  • Tail Between Legs
  • Excessive Vocalizations like whining, barking, and crying
  • Licking lips
  • Yawning
  • Restless Pacing and Can't Settle Down
  • Refuses Food and Treats
  • Excessive Scratching, Paw Licking, and Over-Grooming
  • Hides under furniture or in a closet

It's essential you communicate with your pets before the holiday begins to help them cope and deal with the fireworks.

Kobe Bear 

Kobe Bear hated fireworks and loud noises. 

My second Keeshond, Kobe Bear, now In Spirit, became extremely anxious during the 4th of July celebrations. It didn't help fireworks could be seen and heard from every room in my house for approximately 30 long minutes, two nights in a row.

The first year I had Kobe Bear, I had no idea how upset he would get from fireworks since my previous dog had no problems with loud noises or pyrotechnics. Kobe Bear, on the other hand, melted down with intense fear and became inconsolable.

Despite being able to communicate telepathically to Kobe he was safe, his fear overwhelmed him to point where he couldn't hear me. Over the years, I came to dread the 4th of July fireworks displays because it was awful watching my dog suffer.

One year, Kobe was so freaked out, he tried to jump out of a 2nd story window when the fireworks display began as he attempted to escape the scary noises and lights that he didn't understand. Despite closing the windows and blinds, keeping him in a back bedroom, feeding him delicious treats and playing music, Kobe could still feel the vibrations the fireworks created.

Unfortunately, Kobe Bear's terror didn't end when the firework displays ended because people in my neighborhood continued to set off firecrackers throughout the holiday. He trembled and barked every time he heard a loud noise. Despite my best attempts to calm and communicate with him, Kobe suffered terribly.

In hindsight, I should have considered medicating him to alleviate his suffering.

9 Tips to keep your pets calm and safe:

Tip #1: Your pet's ID is their ticket home. If you do nothing else, put a collar with current ID tags securely on your pet at the start of the holiday weekend. ID Tags are the quickest and easiest way for your pet to be returned to you if they go missing. Make sure your information on the ID Tags is current and remember to include your cell number.

If you have a horse, you may want to place a safety or breakaway halter on them with your current contact information. This way, your horse is wearing her ticket home just in case she spooks and runs away.

Use ID tags in addition to microchipping your pet. It's important to microchip your pet especially if they end up in an Animal Shelter.

If your pet isn't microchipped already, talk to your veterinarian about getting your pet microchipped. It's a good time to double check that your microchip information is up-to-date.

Remember, your pet's ID Tags are their ticket home if they go missing.

Tip #2: Never use fireworks around your dog or other pets. The noise will spook them with an excellent chance they may run away and go missing. Fireworks can quickly burn the fur on an animal, so it's best to keep them away from this type of hazard.

Tip #3: Exercise reduces your pet's stress. On high-stress days, like the 4th of July, it's an excellent idea to give your animals their exercise early in the day, so that they can be tired when their world starts to explode. A tired animal tends to cope and deal with the loud noises better than a pet who has too much energy. 

Also, take your dog out for a long walk and potty right before the start of the fireworks displays, which will help them sleep. Taking your pets out during the fireworks display or later, when random firecrackers are set off, will significantly increase the chances of your pet going missing. 

Tip #4: Leave your pets safely secured inside your home. Put your pets in a quiet "safe room" or crate where they can't accidentally escape. Having a "safe room" will help reduce their stress.

Cats are amazing escape artists. Put cats, including outdoor cats, in their "safe room" with their litter box and fresh water. Make sure they are wearing a collar and ID. You may want to consider using a GPS collar if you're concerned about your pet escaping.

Your pets will be happier and safer if they stay home. You may think it's fun to bring your dog to fairs, holiday celebrations, and fireworks shows, but I promise you, it's no fun for your dog. In fact, it can be a scary experience. If it's hot, your risk burning your dog's paws or experiencing heat stroke.

Tip #5: Stay home with your animal friends. It's important you remain home to be a calming influence for your pets especially if they feel like their world is crashing down around them. Many animals tell me they cope better when their person is with them. Otherwise, they say, it's overwhelming to deal with loud, thunderous noises that might swallow them up or even worse, hurt them, without their person to protect them.

Tip #6: Decrease visual stimulation. Bright, flashing lights can upset animals, sometimes to the point where they will jump out of a 2nd story window.  Keep blinds and curtains shut and close the windows. If need be, put your dog in a crate with a towel placed over it. 

Last year, someone let off a large firecracker near my home. The big flash of light before the loud boom freaked Bodhi out. Up until he saw the light, he was doing okay dealing with the noise.

Tip #7: Use Anxiety Vests, Sound Therapy, or CBD to Calm Your Dogs and Cats

Anxiety Vests, also known as Thunder Shirts work to calm down your dog or cat's anxiety without the use of drugs. They work by applying gentle, constant pressure to a dog's or cat's torso which provides comfort. Click Here for more info about using Anxiety Vests.

Playing music from Through a Dog's Ear and Through a Cat's Ear help desensitize and relax your pet. I played Through A Dog's Ear music for Kobe Bear. I now play it for Bodhi Bear every 4th of July and on New Year's Eve to minimize his stress. 

Click here for FREE SAMPLES, so you can choose what music is best for your animal family.

Relax Your Dog YouTube Channel plays calming music for your pets as well. 

In general, uncomplicated classical music like Mozart and Beethoven are good choices to play for your animal family as it's soothing for both animal and human.

Hemp CBD oil or treats help to calm pets and relieve anxiety. Never give THC products to your pets and only use products made from hemp, which has no psychoactive properties. It's always best to check with your veterinarian before using. Click here for more info on Hemp CBD products for pets.

Tip #8: Distract and redirect your pet's focus by using chew toys, playing games and offering them treats as a reward for ignoring the booming explosions, if you can. 

Don't be surprised if your food motived hound refuses treats when fireworks are happening. Many times, when pets are stressed or scared, they refuse food or treats.

Chewing reduces a dog's stress.  Give your dog something fun and safe to chew on like a frozen Kong filled with deliciousness like chicken or peanut butter to keep them occupied

Playing with cats reduces their stress so grab your cat's favorite toy and have fun playing with them.

Tip #9: Talk to your Veterinarian before the start of the holiday week. If you've tried the above suggestions and your pet still suffers anxiety during fireworks, it may be time to discuss medication options to ease their fears and tension. The 4th of July and New Year's Holidays are the two times of year that I strongly suggest medicating your pet if they tend to melt down.

Your Vet should be one of your best resources to help your pet through this potentially nightmarish holiday week. Never give your pet any form of medication without consulting your veterinarian first given the potentially severe side-effects. While the use of drugs should be your last resort, it's a good option if your pet is like Kobe Bear.

If you choose to medicate your pet, make sure you do give it to your pet sooner than later.  Every 4th of July holiday,  I receive numerous calls from clients whose pets are frantic from the noise and lights and some whose pets have gone missing animals.

A large number of pets end up in the Veterinarian ER during the Independence Day holiday.

During the 4th of July holiday; large influxes of pets go to the Vet ER for ingesting inappropriate picnic and BBQ foods such as hot dogs and fatty meats. 

Even ingesting a corn cob can make your dog very sick. Fatty BBQ meat can cause pancreatitis. It's better to avoid these types of foods to prevent gastric upset and a possible trip to the ER.

If you are having a party, it's better for your animal family if they are kept away from the noise and potential danger of eating the wrong foods.

Pets also visit the ER because they burn their paws on hot pavement or become dehydrate and overheated from the mid-Summer heat.

Finally, you may want to set up a long distance Reiki session to support your pets with calm, grounding and nurturing energy.

I'm available throughout the week if you need to talk with your pets about what's going on around them or offer them Reiki.

The Animal Muse Family wishes you and your animal family have a safe and fun 4th of July Holiday!