Monday, January 30, 2017

Animal Communication and Reiki Brings Hope to Dying Dog

When combined, telepathic Animal Communication and Reiki form a wonderful partnership that can help animals in remarkable ways. Hearing your pet’s “voice” and offering Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) allows you to work in cooperation with your companion animal as well as bringing hope despite a terminal prognosis.

A good example of how Animal Communication and Animal Reiki work together was when my sister, Stefani, received the devastating news that her eleven-and-a-half-year-old rescued Keeshond, Mugsy, was terminally ill from a failing gallbladder.

From the moment Mugsy bounced into our lives with a rubber basketball in his mouth, I frequently communicated with him from California where I lived given he lived in New York with my sister and her family.

Mugsy the Keeshond came from a horrific puppy mill to change my family's life.

After receiving the devastating diagnosis that he was suffering from irreversible gallbladder disease, Stefani depended on regular telepathic communication with my assistance to validate what she was sensing and feeling from Mugsy.

Besides Animal Communication, frequent Reiki treatments also became a valuable part of Mugsy overall hospice plan.

Kathleen PrasadPresident of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association and my Animal Reiki Teacher, explains that “Reiki helps us to connect more deeply with the animals we love. Within this energetic connection, we often understand more fully what they are going through or how they are feeling. This can be a great support in communication.”

When Mugsy’s veterinarian suggested Stefani consult with a surgeon about the possibility of surgically removing Mugsy’s gallbladder, Stefani didn’t know what to think, feel or do. She loved Mugsy with her entire heart and wanted to give him the best shot at life. Her gut told her that surgery wasn’t the right option for Mugsy due to his age. Plus she couldn’t shake the vision of Mugsy dying on the operating table. Neither could Mugsy.

Stefani felt it was important to know how Mugsy felt about the surgery. If he had said yes, she would have been surprised given his fear at the veterinarian.

When I asked Mugsy telepathically what he’d like do, he sweetly replied, “While I’m not afraid of dying, I am scared I will die while in surgery. I want my beloved Stefani by my side when I transition. Therefore, I’m willing to forgo surgery and wait it out until my gallbladder fails, if Stefani is on board with me.”

When I conveyed Mugsy's message to Stefani, she felt a huge sense of relief. She said it felt like a huge burden had been lifted because Mugsy’s words validated her strong intuition about surgery. Once Stefani felt she was on the same page as her dog about his treatment options and subsequent hospice care, a wave of calm washed over Stefani and Mugsy.

“Communication with Mugsy was paramount in helping me feel less anxious and stressed about his deteriorating health. This, in turn, helped Mugsy to feel safe and supported so he could enjoy whatever time he had with us,” Stefani explained.

Mugsy is my "Fuzzy Nephew" and Angel Dog

For the next few months, I offered Mugsy Reiki on an as-needed basis. As his disease progressed, he received more frequent treatments. After each treatment, Stefani reported that Mugsy seemed more relaxed. She seemed surprised when he'd perk up and become more animated. He even walked with a spring in his step that was noticeably absent before receiving Reiki. He approached his daily walks with more enthusiasm and seemingly less pain. Mugsy, a true “chow hound,” consistently exhibited an increased appetite after each Reiki treatment which contributed to him feeling better overall.

Stefani said, “Reiki gave me hope and something positive I could offer Mugsy when I felt anxious and hopeless about his future. This was especially true when my Mugs was having a bad day.”
One of the hardest aspects of Mugsy’s illness was the fact that no one knew when his gallbladder would fail, which produced tremendous anxiety for my sister and me. The vet’s diagnosis made it clear his gallbladder was a ticking time bomb since it was only a matter of time before it would rupture and end his life.

Mugsy’s regular Reiki treatments, while not a cure, did bring more balance and peace to Stefani and Mugsy during his long eight-month journey receiving hospice care.

Stefani credits both the Animal Communication and Animal Reiki for bringing more peace and understanding throughout Mugsy’s life, his illness, hospice care and dying process.

I feel honored to know Mugsy. He was an amazing dog who came from auspicious beginnings, at one of the worst puppy mills in New York state, to becoming a dear friend and valued family member. Despite being In Spirit, I continue to communicate with Mugsy.

This is a collage I made through my tears when I heard that Mugsy had transitioned.

Thankfully my sister and her family were not dogless for long. Within a few days of Mugsy's departure, our family was blessed with another bouncing Keeshond, Fozzie Bear.

Fozzie Bear arrived after Mugsy soared with the Angels.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grandpa the Tortoise Turning 106 Years Old!

As an Animal Communicator, I love communicating telepathically with all species. I generally speak to pets like dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits, so it's a special treat to talk with less common pets, like Grandpa, the Tortoise.


Grandpa dining on hibiscus

At 106 years old, Grandpa is the oldest animal and living being I've ever spoken with. From what I discovered from a brief search on the internet, Grandpa might be one of the oldest living desert tortoises in the world. 

Grandpa has lived with his current person since she was born. Grandpa explained that he raised his person, Carolyn. Carolyn's mom got Grandpa when he was just a baby. Carolyn "inherited" him when her mom passed away and has known him for 60 years.

Carolyn asked me to talk with Grandpa so she could get answers to some of her questions. She wanted to know how Grandpa was feeling and what, if anything, she could do to make him a happier tortoise.

Despite his grand stature, Grandpa only weighs 9.9 pounds. He enjoys sitting Carolyn's lap, where he says he feels comfortable and safe. So Grandpa sat on Carolyn's lap while I interpreted his thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints.

When I began communicating with Grandpa, I mistakenly referred to him as a turtle. Grandpa was indignant and made it crystal clear that he's not a turtle. So I asked him what the difference was. He said he's not into swimming or spending time in water except to drink. As a tortoise, he explained, he's strictly an earth dweller.

After our talk, I googled the difference between a turtle and a tortoise. Grandpa was 100% correct. Tortoises dwell on land only. Turtles, on the other hand, need to live in water, at least some of the time.

The more I listened to Grandpa, the more I found him to be a wise, grounded and loving spirit. He enjoys being gently massaged by Carolyn when he sits on her lap. He also enjoys following her around the yard and house.

I was taken aback by his wisdom, kindness, and his detailed memory. I have to admit I developed a bit of a "crush" on him the more I got to know him. I particularly enjoyed his sense of humor.

Grandpa is also stubborn and determined. Like the time he wanted to come into the house, and no one was around to let him in. Grandpa took matters into his own hands and decided to let himself in by breaking through the screen the door, not once, but twice! 

Grandpa asked Carolyn for a "tortoise door" so he can come and go at his leisure. Carolyn felt adding a door was an easy solution to bring him happiness. Grandpa is one lucky Tortoise!

Grandpa loves apricots.

Before Carolyn could ask Grandpa what his favorite food was, I heard Grandpa declare that "Apricots are my most favorite food in the whole world!" He continued to say that Carolyn wasn't giving him enough of them.  Carolyn promised to get him apricots as soon as we were done talking. That made him very happy!

Tortoises brumate (hibernation for tortoises) during the winter months. Given that Grandpa lives in Northern California, it's an ongoing challenge to find an appropriate space that remains cold enough to support his brumation. 

Grandpa felt the garage, in years past, wasn't consistently cold enough. He also said he didn't want to brumate in a refrigerator, which apparently some people do with their tortoises. Carolyn laughed out loud when I told her this. We reassured Grandpa that no one would ever put him in a wine cooler!

Grandpa asked if he can brumate behind the toilet this year instead of the garage because the temperature in the bathroom is more consistent. Carolyn felt this was another easy request to fulfill. She's planning on posting a sign in the bathroom warning people of Grandpa's presence so as not to startle him out of his deep slumber. 

Grandpa's cats, Mel and Mick
Grandpa shares his home with two cats, Mel, an orange tabby, and Mick, who is orange and white. The cats are cousins who grew up with Grandpa. According to Mel and Mick, they don't mind Grandpa, except on the rare occasions when he urinates in the house. The cats can't stand the smell of reptile urine--it's nasty. Carolyn couldn't disagree with her cats.  Other than that, Mel and Mick feel Grandpa is a pretty cool guy and can't imagine life without him.

According to Grandpa, he still has many more adventures to experience and apricots to eat. He's a contented and healthy Tortoise who plans on living for many more years to come. Given a few desert tortoises have lived to be 150, Grandpa could end up being the oldest living desert tortoise in the world.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Animal Communicator Helps Rabbit Die with Dignity

When my long-time client, Connie called me, I could hear in her voice that something was up and it didn't sound like it was good news. Through her tears, Connie explained that her rabbit, Carter, wasn't doing well due to his severe arthritis and several bulging discs. Despite her best efforts to keep Carter comfortable and happy, he could no longer hop because he had just lost control over his back legs.

Connie needed me to ask Carter if he was ready to transition and if she could assist him at home with euthanasia. She confessed, "It's so hard watching him struggle. I can't let him live like this. And he's just getting worse."

When I "tuned in" to Carter telepathically, I immediately felt severe pain radiating throughout his body. I also sensed he felt disoriented, nauseated and dizzy.*

Carter communicated, "As much as I never want to leave my body, my body can no longer support my Spirit. I know it's my time. I'm a bunny and I need to hop. Please let Connie know that it's ok to assist me and that I love her very much."

When I shared Carter's answer with Connie, she said, "As much as I don't want to say "goodbye" to him, I'm relieved by your answer. Thank you for validating what I'm feeling. Knowing this takes a huge burden off my shoulders. I'll call the vet as soon as we hang up."

I asked Connie to let me know when the veterinarian was coming to her home so I could tell Carter and offer him Reiki to ease his transition.

Later that afternoon, I received the following from Connie, "The vet is coming tonight around 6:30 or 7. Would you like me to let you know just before we give him the sedative if I can remember?"

Carter the day he went home to Spirit
I replied, "Not necessary. Focus on Carter and all your love for each other. He says he's grateful for his happy life and the amazing gift you're about to give him--freedom from his suffering. Sending both of you big hugs and lots of love."

After Carter was euthanized, Connie wrote, "The vet came over and Carter went to sleep peacefully. I sat with him on the couch for 3 hours and petted him and gave him treats. Thank you so much for giving me the confirmation and support that it was the right decision and right time. It made it so much easier for me to let him go. 🐰🙏"

I responded, "I'm honored to help you both. Carter says his Spirit is now soaring with the Angels and is free from suffering. He'll see you in your dreams. My heartfelt condolences. 💖"

A couple of days after euthanizing Carter, I received a distressed called from Connie. She was crying, "I'm haunted by the thought that I didn't euthanize Carter soon enough. I'm worried that I prolonged his suffering. How could I have waited so long? Why didn't I reach out to you as soon as I recognized how quickly his health had declined. I feel guilty that I continued his treatments that required long drives in the car. What was I thinking"

When I communicated with Carter about Connie's concerned, he replied, "Tell her that she didn't wait too long to euthanize me. I wasn't ready to transition until the day before she called you. A part of me was hopeful that I would get better. Once I lost my ability to hop, I knew my quality of life was gone. The thought of living without hopping was too much to bear. Now I am free of my suffering."

When I conveyed Carter's message to Connie, she felt a huge sense of relief. She promised to no longer focus on the notion that she kept him alive too long. Instead, Connie promised to celebrate Carter's amazing life by creating an altar in his memory. 

One of the most important aspects of my Animal Communication practice is my ability to ask your pets if it's their time to transition home to Spirit. I can also communicate with them after they have died. 

By giving your animal a "voice," you can find how they want to transition. When you elicit your animal's feelings regarding their death, you to work in partnership with them instead of feeling like you're playing "God." By doing so can bring you tremendous solace during a difficult time because it feels a lot better having your animal's input and perspectives, given you may be making one of the most difficult decisions in your lifetime.

Once your pet has transitioned, I can also communicate with them like I did with Carter. While it's never easy to say, "goodbye" to a beloved animal companion, I can help ease your pain and suffering with your pet's help along with offering you Pet Loss and Grief Support.

*Please Note: I'm not a veterinarian and do not diagnose animals. However, I can relate any feelings and sensations your pet relates to me to you. If you feel your animal is not well, contact your veterinarian immediately.