Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pet Whisperer?
A pet whisperer (aka, pet psychic, intuitive animal communicator) is a person who talks with people and their pets to improve relationships and solve problems.
As a pet whisperer, I use multiple senses to communicate with your pets.
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 pets’ emotions.
I feel how their physical bodies feel.
I smell and taste what the pets share with me.
Animals are intelligent and articulate, and have a lot to teach us.
How does it work?
Intuition is a natural aspect of life. Each of us uses our intuition every day.
People use the word “energy” to describe the part of ourselves that we use to interact intuitively.
Energy is limitless. We give and receive energy from one another all of the time.
When I am communicating with a pet, I am sharing my energy and the pet is sharing their energy with me.
During my work, I look at a picture of your pet(s), peering into their eyes, until I feel a feeling in my body. I feel a sense of connection, and then I reach out and say “hello” and wait for an answer back.
If I’m in person with a pet, I will usually touch an animal or look into their eyes. The connection is there. The talk is usually pretty easy.
I feel a pet’s physical and emotional feelings first. And then it’s like being on the phone, except the phone has sounds and pictures and smells and tastes.
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, Washington D.C. to Wales to Denmark. 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.
Can anyone learn to talk with animals?
Yes! Anyone can learn to communicate with animals. It is not nearly as hard as you imagine it to be. In fact, you already talk to your pets and hear their responses; you just don’t know that you are doing it.
Animal communications takes practice and hard work, with constant testing and validation.
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.
In a call, I love to teach my clients the basics of communication. From time to time, I teach workshops on animal communication. Please join my mailing list to learn more.
How do Pets feel when you talk with them?
Pets vary widely in their initial experience of talking with me. I am always careful to introduce myself and am very clear about who sent me and why I am there.
While animals are mostly used to intuition, sometimes they find it a little weird and uncomfortable. When this happens, I make my energy small and let them inspect me to deem me ‘safe’ and ‘trustworthy.’
I haven’t had a pet refuse to talk with me. I have had to reschedule because the pet was too busy to talk, or needed to be introduced to me more slowly.
Once we start talking, pets tend to like me. The most important thing a pet whisperer can do is to make a space for a pet to talk. I’m there to listen, and relate.
Often, by the end of it, we’ve had a good heart-to-heart.
Do animals talk to one another?
Yes. They speak intuitively to each other. And they also speak in other ways as well. They leave messages with their scents. They talk with their eyes and tails and ears. They whine and growl and whinny.
Like people, some are much better at communicating than others. Some have better social skills. Some are more interested in communicating. And, even though they communicate, it doesn’t mean they understand each other.
Do animals have big vocabularies?
It’s hard to know. Like humans, animals have specific intuitive strengths. Some hear words and convey spoken language best. Some prefer to communicate by pictures, or smell, or taste.
Some speak in fluid sentences and others are like cavemen! I know first-hand; my dog Nyna speaks in fluid sentences while my dog Marvin speaks in truncated phrasing “You make eat?” (his question to my son who was making a sandwich).
How do you communicate with animals who speak in different languages?
Ironically, when I speak with animals that are unfamiliar with English (e.g. Client pets who Singapore, Denmark or France), I hear them in English.
Can you locate lost pets?
I am very sorry that your pet is missing. Unfortunately, I do not locate lost pets. I used to do this work, but I feel too emotional with lost pets to be as effective as I’d like.
The Humane Society has excellent advice for how to search for a pet. A;so, I have seen many pets find their way home through social media, so please make sure you look on Facebook and Next Door. Many towns and neighborhoods have pages set up for this purpose.
Do you also train pets?
Yes. If you’ve got a problem, chances are very good that I’ve encountered it previously with my clients, and I can teach you how to resolve it in your home.
Because I get to know your pet really well, I can figure out what motivates your pet, and from that, the best way to teach your pet. I help you understand how your animal would best learn something. I teach positive training techniques with non-abusive, consistent consequences.
I also teach what not to do; sometimes when we think we’re helping, we’re actually training them to do something different than what we hope they will do.
Do you work with pets who are experiencing medical issues?
I only help with medical issues after you’ve spent time with your vet. I’m not a medical professional, but I can tell you where your pet hurts, the nature and level of their pain, and what they are thinking about their experience.
I’m there to explain to your pet why they are at the vet, what’s happening with their body and how they can help themselves get better.
What about pets facing end-of-life?
Pets are not as afraid of dying as we are. They have more memory and knowledge of the other side. It is usually not as anxiety-provoking for them as it is for us.
Having said that, I never go in assuming that a pet knows what’s happening. Sometimes I will come across a pet who has no idea about death. They don’t remember anything about the other side.
Some pets think that they will just get another body and keep going. Some think that their bodies are always fixable.
Other times, I reach out to a pet and they say, “Let’s go. I’m ready. Tell them I’m ready.”
Pets have many opinions about their twilight time. Some are ready to go before you’d think they would be. Some are not. Some are thinking of their friends, and worrying about how the pet parent is going to get through the grief process.
Most of the time, pet parents are in sync with their pets already. They know a lot more than they think they do. And yet, it can be helpful to hear what your pet is thinking and to be able to convey to your pet how you are going to handle their passing.
Can you communicate with pets who have Passed Away?
I do work with pets who have passed and their people left behind. Many of my clients find it a comforting part of the grieving process.
I can talk with pets on the other side. We can see where they are and what they are up to.
Please know that the other side is not that far away. In fact, our pets visit us in spirit after they pass, to give comfort and to enjoy our presence. I have seen the other side, and it is beautiful and peaceful.
Death will happen. The price of the ticket for a pet’s love is high, but worth it.
I am so heartbroken by the loss of my dog. I’ve cried every day for weeks. Is this normal?
I’m sorry that you are going through this, and also very happy that you have a relationship like that.
Sometimes a person and a pet will feel like they’ve known each other forever. And when that pet dies, it’s like the person’s heart is being ripped out of their body. The grieving process can be surprisingly intense and can last a long time.
The good news is that you will get through this. Your grief will get less intense. And also, heart pets are pets that we reincarnate with, over and over again. Even if your dog doesn’t come back to you in this lifetime, you will see him again.