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

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Did you know more pets go missing over the July 4th holiday than at any other time of year? Independence Day is my least favorite holiday because so many animals are traumatized by its loud pyrotechnics and fireworks displays. While it may be fun for some humans, it scares and disorients pets in a matter of seconds, causing them to  meltdown in complete terror, with many trying to flee f rom the safety of their homes only to 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 fear 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. Therefore, it's better to prevent your pets from becoming distressed in the first place. Once in the "red zon

Have you prepared your pet for summer?

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Are you a pet parent planning for a vacation? With the summer season upon us, it can be beneficial when you discuss your summer plans or other changes in daily routines with your pet.  Sharing any upcoming changes gives your pet the chance to prepare and weigh in on any needs and wishes they may have which can lead to a calmer and more peaceful experience for everyone. Clients like to call me before they go on vacation because they feel it's essential to keep their animal family in the "loop" when planning for their care while away. Animals depend on their day-to-day rituals to help them feel safe, secure and loved. Even minor changes can be stressful and anxiety-producing leading to physical and emotional issues. The good news is talking with your pet during your vacation planning process can make a huge difference in how your pet responds to the upcoming changes in their daily routines.   An animal communication session allows you to ask your animal family if they

Dolphins Visit My Hometown in Connecticut

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As I meditated at Compo Beach, I sensed the presence of dolphins. To my surprise and delight, a pod of dolphins were swimming in a lagoon, not far from where I was sitting. Photo by Gina Oliveira Beranek During a recent warm late winter's day, Yogi Bear and I headed off to the beach to share a walking meditation. We love walking together along Long Island Sound, feeling our hearts connected as one and communing with Mother Nature.  After our walk, we sat down on a bench that faced westward towards Saugatuck Island, a residential enclave with small lagoons. As I sat there with an open heart, I began receiving a vivid sense of dolphins. I immediately recognized their loving and joyous energy since I've communicated with dolphins for over 25 years. Plus, I have swam with numerous pods of Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii. I feel a deep connection with dolphins as they have been an integral part of my spiritual journey. I enjoyed visualizing a pod of dolphins appearing before me as their

Reiki Helps Shelter Animals

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Cathy with a shelter kitten This month, the Connecticut Humane Society (CHS) chose to spotlight my volunteer work as an animal Reiki practitioner at their Westport shelter.  I'm grateful to this progressive animal welfare organization for recognizing how sharing animal Reiki and animal communication helps ease shelter animals' stress, fear, and anxiety. It also helps animals to feel safe and develop trust which can make them more adoptable.  This is what CHS shared about my role as an Animal Reiki practitioner: Volunteer role: Animal Reiki practitioner Length of service: 3 months I started volunteering because…I love animals and want to help shelter animals with animal Reiki and animal communication. My favorite part of volunteering is…seeing the animals relax when I offer them Reiki, which is meditating with them for healing. Machin the Ferret My most memorable volunteer experience is…helping Machin the ferret with Reiki because he had dental issues and then seeing him find hi

Conversations with a Parrot

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As an animal communicator, my job is to translate pets' thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints so their people can better understand them. I communicate with animals using the silent language of telepathy, which means feeling another soul or spirit over a distance. I use verbal language with humans. Ziggy I recently spoke with a longtime client, Julie* and her 3-year-old jenday conure parrot, Ziggy*, about several behavioral issues that stemmed from misunderstanding each other. I first met Ziggy at the bird rescue the day Julie adopted him a couple of years ago. He is a sweet guy, full of sunshine and joy. Julie wants nothing more than Ziggy's happiness. His wings are intact so he can fly around the house, and she gives him the freedom to walk on the floor and play with toys. Julie felt that giving him access outside his birdhouse was an act of love. Previous animal communication sessions with Ziggy focused on healing two potentially dangerous and life-threatening behaviors. The fi

Meditating with Your Pets Promotes Health and Well-being

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Did you know meditating with your pets can have a profound influence on their health and overall well-being? Cultivating a daily meditation practice with your animal family is a precious and potent gift that allows them to flourish in all aspects of their lives---physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually- which ultimately keeps them healthier and happier. When you spend time meditating with your pets, you create a compassionate space with many positive healing benefits like stress reduction, relaxation, a sense of safety, mutual understanding, and joy. It also strengthens your heart connection and bond. The ancient art of meditation can be layered with different expectations and be practiced in various ways. However, animals perceive mediation in straightforward terms. Animals live in the moment and are drawn to peaceful, calm, balanced, and open-hearted energy. Pet-led meditation teaches us how to live in the moment with a strong heart connection. Here are 7 ways a daily medi

Learn how to tune into the powerful wisdom and magic of animals and Nature

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Summer is a potent time to strengthen your heart connection with animals and Nature. A fantastic way to do this is by using meditation.  When we experience meditation with the help and guidance of animals and Nature, it creates an open-hearted, peaceful, balanced state of being.  Animals are grateful when we are peaceful, balanced, and peacefully present. A fun and easy way to access this special healing space is by meditating with animals. Animals are masterful meditation teachers who show us the way to deeper listening and awareness of our spiritual essence and oneness with all life.  Why? Because it's how the animals live.  Animals teach us to recognize the importance of always living in our heart centers and being present in the moment. When we are in this space, we become grounded, calmly present, and heart magnates to the animals. Animals also reap the benefits meditation brings, like deep relaxation, stress reduction, and overall wellness. Plus, meditation with animals bring

Harnessing the Heart Power of Intuition to Find My New Keeshond Puppy

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Yogi Bear and me One thing I learned in 2020 is to be patient, flexible, and above all, trust my intuition. Of the many challenges I faced last year, the worst one was suddenly losing my dog, Bodhi Bear, to stomach cancer in early December 2020. Saying goodbye to my best friend and constant companion's physical presence shattered my heart into a million pieces.  Being a great friend and dog, Bodhi Bear made sure I got through my move from California to Connecticut before showing signs of his grave illness. For so many reasons, I'll forever be grateful to Bodhi for all that he gave me in his short seven and a half years with me.  Bodhi Bear and me I decided years ago that I never wanted to walk alone and needed a Keeshond by my side to feel whole. So when I let Bodhi go because he was too ill to eat, I knew in my heart that I would have to find another dog.  Right after Bodhi transitioned, I immediately began searching for my Keeshond puppy and quickly located one. However, in h