Pets are Talking

Frequently Asked Questions

Anjo , lead mare, galloping greatness

What is a pet whisperer?

Pet whisperer, pet psychic, intuitive animal communicator, these all mean someone who talks with or ‘reads’ animals. I’m a Pet Whisperer/Listener.

Pet psychic sounds supernatural. Intuitive Animal Communicator is a mouthful that doesn’t say much.

Pet Whisperer/Listener connotes a real conversation, which is what I do.

As a pet whisperer, I talk with pets of all kinds. I work with people and their pets to solve behavioral issues and improve their relationships.

When I talk with an animal, it’s an experience that uses all of my senses.

I hear words.

I see pictures and movies.

I feel the emotions of animals.

I feel how they feel in their body.

Animals are intelligent and articulate, and have a lot to teach us.

It’s literally like talking. When you talk with someone you’re picking up more than their words. I’m doing the same thing!


Pet Whispering is the act of exchanging information with an animal through the sharing of energy.

I’m not a quantum physicist. So, I’m not going to pretend that I know the quantum physics that I think are behind Pet Whispering.

I have clients who say that they can feel me in the room with them, and clients that say that their cat or dog just stared at a chair or a place in the room, as if I was standing there.

To me, it’s more like I have a feeling in my body, a specific feeling of connection (you have felt this in your life, I am sure of this). I feel it in my heart, or my stomach or sometimes in my forehead. I pay attention to that feeling and reach out and talk.

Everyone intuitively talks with their pets. We pick up information all the time about how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking. Most people chalk this up to interpreting their pets’ body language, but there is something deeper going on.

Intuitive information can be received in 7 different ways:

Clair-audience: Hearing words

Clair-voyance: Seeing pictures, movies and symbols

Clair-empathy: Experiencing another’s feelings

Clair-cognizance: clear knowledge of a situation or history

Touch: experiencing physical sensations (pain, etc.)

Taste: experiencing what the animal tastes (not always a pleasant experience!)

Smell: experiencing what the animal smells

By combining this information and accurately conveying it to the owner, people and their pets can get along better in a more deeply resonant relationship.

Technically, how does it work?

I feel like when I talk about this, I’m barely scratching the surface. I’m talking in metaphors.

Here’s what I “think* is happening.

There is this spiritual stuff that, for lack of a better word, people call energy. It’s what makes a person alive. Energy is not limited by matter. It is not limited by death.

We give and receive energy from each other all of the time. Each animal and person has their own unique energetic frequency. It’s like a thumbprint. I tune into that frequency and give and receive energy.

I look at a picture of the pet, peering into their eyes, until I feel a feeling in my body. I feel a sense of recognition, and then I reach out and wait for an answer back.

If I am in front of an animal, I will look into their eyes for a moment, (or if they don’t like eye contact, I will wait for them to let me touch them) and just reach out.

Usually I feel their physical and emotional feelings first. And then it’s like being on the phone, except the phone has sounds and pictures and feelings.

I think this is a natural process. I think we all use our intuition all of the time and that science hasn’t caught up yet. I think that someday we will know.

So, animals do this? They talk to each other?

Yes. Of course.

Do animals find it weird when you talk with them? 

Yes. some do. Some do not like it. Sometimes I have to make my energy small and let them inspect me, and make sure that I am trustworthy. But mostly, they’re used to intuition. They have much more awareness about intuition and use it more than we do.
I am careful to introduce myself and to be very clear about who sent me and why I’m there. .

Do you have to be in-person to talk with a pet?

No. I can talk with a pet from anywhere. I’ve got clients from Singapore to Seattle…From Washington D.C. to Wales to Finland. During sessions, I use phone and Skype to talk with owners.

If you live local to Portland or Tucson, I have in-person appointments available (depending on the time of year). In-person is useful for teaching and modeling how to work with a pet. It’s not necessary for talking with a pet and getting information.

Animals aren’t as smart as humans, are they?

Behaviorists try to tie animal intellect to a cognitive human age. This would be more helpful if we spoke dog or cat or horse as well as we expect our animal friends to speak human. We don’t. Animals clearly communicate what they want and what they are thinking through body language. We rarely even notice it. It seems to me that we are trying to ascertain human intelligence with a physical language barrier. That can’t be completely accurate.

I find that most animals have trouble with abstract cognitive concepts. For example, animals do not understand what money is. I have a hard time explaining the internet or what’s happening when someone is playing a video game. Many of them don’t realize that they are looking at themselves in a mirror (though some do).

But- Human intelligence is only one kind of intelligence.

We can’t smell a plant and tell what or who has been there. We can’t stalk and neatly kill an animal. Most of us would have trouble running down a field, triangulating where a ball is going to fall and then catching it. We can’t easily pick our way down a mountainside trail on high heels while carrying someone on our backs (like most horses do).

We don’t understand the sophisticated social hierarchies that pets know. We don’t understand the other side or other spiritual aspects of our world as much as pets do. We can’t always tell who is a good person and who isn’t. Pets can.

We aren’t present the way pets are present. We do not have the environmental awareness that pets have. We don’t pay attention the way pets pay attention.

All of these are signs of intelligence, aren’t they?

Sometimes, I feel like we humans are the chaotic dummies that our pets have to put up with. Our minds flit everywhere- the past, the present, the future, the what-if’s and the never-was. We don’t pick up on the very basic clues that they give us. A dog will stare at something that they are concerned about, or want, and then make eye contact with us, and then stare at it again. Most of us don’t notice. A cat will rub their face against a corner, and we will not realize that they are marking it with their smell. A horse’s ears tell us so much about what they are thinking. We aren’t present. We don’t take the time to learn. We don’t pay attention. We do weird things all of the time.

So who is smart? And who is dumb? And does intelligence matter so much, anyway?

Do animals speak in whole sentences? Do they have big vocabularies?

It’s hard to know. Am I translating their energy into English? When I talk with animals that don’t have English in their lives (my clients in Denmark, Singapore, France, etc.), I hear them in English.

Each of us has specific intuitive strengths. Some hear words best and convey spoken language best. Some pet whisperers only communicate in pictures. They don’t even use language. Animals are the same way.

My dog Nyna speaks in fluid sentences. She is very articulate and specific in her language. My dog Marvin is more like a caveman. Recently, our son Ike was making a sandwich, when Marvin walked by. Ike heard Marvin say, “You Make Eat?”

When Marvin was in the hospital recovering from surgery to remove the rubber toy from his stomach and intestines, I reached out to ask him, “How are you?’ “Tummy hurts.” He answered.

On the other hand, Nyna, when I told her she was going to start running with a new human friend, she asked, “Is he like Papa? Will I like him? Marvin needs to go, too. I can’t go by myself. The runner has to be nice to me. You have to tell him all about me. Will he have sunglasses? I don’t like sunglasses.”

Hobbes the Little Dragon  and his Baby

Hobbes the Little Dragon and his Baby

Teila  the Brilliant

Teila the Brilliant

Oliver  the Decider

Oliver the Decider

Roxy  the Earnest

Roxy the Earnest

Xena Warrior Princess , Trainer of Humans

Xena Warrior Princess, Trainer of Humans



Not all training techniques work best on all animals. I go one better than basic training, because I can specifically show you what’s going to work for your pet. I help you understand how your animal would best learn something.

Some animals need a sensitive approach with training broken down into tiny steps, and lots of quiet praise. Some treat training like a game and pick it up easily. Some animals love doing the right thing. Some need motivation. Some animals are trying to train you.

Some pets just have a difference of opinion about what they are doing and what you want them to do. They just need to be heard out about what they are trying to accomplish with their behavior.

I teach positive training techniques with non-abusive, consistent consequences. I also teach what not to do, because sometimes we think we’re helping, when really we’re training them to do something different than what we hope they will do.

If you’ve got a problem, chances are very good that I’ve encountered it with my clients, and I can teach you how to resolve it in your home.


I’m sorry. I don’t help people look for lost pets.

I used to be really good at it. I lost my cat,Bootsy, several years ago, and since then, I over-identify with the situation and get anxious about the outcome. It’s hard to be scared and intuitive at the same time.

Also, I find that when an owner uses an animal communicator to locate a pet, they tend to not do all of the very important activities that get their pet home (like putting up signs and checking shelters).

I never want to be the reason that a pet doesn’t get home.

The Humane Society has excellent advice for how to search for a pet. Also, I have seen so many pets find their way home through social media, so make sure you look on Facebook and Nextdoor. Many towns and neighborhoods have pages set up for this purpose.

Sometimes pets are found months and even years after they are lost. You never know. This is also a good time to check your pets’ microchips to make sure they are functional.

Bella , who was lost and, thankfully found.

Bella, who was lost and, thankfully found.

Olive - the best dog ever

Olive- the best dog ever

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I wish that our pets lived as long as we do. They go too soon.

The tiny silver lining in a very big dark cloud is that the other side is not far away. Our pets visit us in spirit after they pass, to give comfort and to enjoy our presence. The other side is beautiful and peaceful.

I can talk with pets who have passed, as long as it’s within a few years of their passing. This process can bring comfort and hope.

If you are currently grieving a pet, I want you to know is that whatever you feel about your passed-away pet, that feeling is okay. You can feel relief or confusion or sadness or anger. Feel your feelings and don’t judge them.

Some pets are our dearest friends. When they pass, it’s like they take our hearts with them. I’ve been there when my beloved dog Olive died in 2016. I have never felt grief like that.

You’re not a bad person if you hurt too much to hear them right now.

I promise you a day will come when you feel better. I still cry over my girl sometimes, but mostly, I feel grateful to have known her, and hopeful to see her again.


Yes! Anyone can learn to communicate with animals. .

This is not magic.

Is there part of you that thinks you can’t do it? I get it. I used to think that way about myself. It takes a lot of practice and awareness and validation, but you can do this.

I compare intuition to running. I’m not a great runner. But if I dedicated myself to it, I bet I could run a marathon in a year’s time. It would take some work, and a willingness to run when I didn’t feel like it, but I could do it.

Intuition is the same thing. You have to practice and work at it, and test yourself and validate your progress. You have to get to know your body and what it’s trying to tell you, because intuition is all about using your body to connect, and then having the presence and openness to listen.

It is not nearly as hard as you imagine it to be. In fact, you already do it.

You can do what I do. I can teach you to do it. From time to time, I teach workshops on animal communication. I expect to do so in the spring of 2020.

Phinn  the Phenomenal

Phinn the Phenomenal