Animal Adventures – Jack the Former Fighter

My friend Don adopted this handsome boy, Jack, about four years ago. He was rescued from a fighting ring in Pittsburgh that the police had disbanded. Jack was the “winning” fighter. Don learned about Jack when he saw him on the news, and he knew he had to adopt him. Don found Jack at a local shelter. Jack was placed in the back off the main adoption floor. It was assumed that no one would want him. Wrong! When Don and Jack met, there was an instant connection.

I’ve worked with animals who have been in challenging situations before, but I had never worked with a former fighter. Although Jack has done well since he’d been adopted, I suspected he was carrying some emotional baggage from his horrible situation. Animals carry the trauma of abuse just as humans do. I had the privilege of connecting with Jack and helping him.

When I arrived, Jack greeted me with a wagging tail. I allowed a few moments for us to get acquainted. I sat on the floor, and Jack sat on my lap–all 80 pounds of him. I asked Jack if there was anything he wanted to tell me about his past. He showed me the fighting situation–dogs growling and barking, teeth bared. He hated it. He told me he was praised for “winning”. He couldn’t understand why he was being praised for something so terrible. He thought he was bad. I assured Jack that he is a good dog and that he was always a good dog. I explained that he was a victim. In spite of the horrors he lived through, he still knew that people are good (at least most of us!) I then did some energy work to clear all the emotional baggage he was carrying. He thanked me. Then he asked me for a treat since he’s such a good dog.

Animal Adventures: Autumn the Horse

Lucky me! Today I had the opportunity to work with this beauty, Autumn. I’ve worked with her before (another story for another time), but today I helped her with her injured hoof. Autumn somehow got a wound in her hind hoof which developed an abscess. She is being treated by a vet, but her owner asked me to step in to ask her how she’s doing and to do some energy work. Autumn told me that she has a little pain, but mostly she’s bummed out because she can’t ride with her owner. Autumn is a true athlete and loves to run and jump. I explained that her daily foot soak has medicine in it to help her heal, and she said “but it’s YUCKY”. Poor girl. I did energy work to help clear the infection and help her body’s own healing process. Then I gave her LOTS of neck scratches. This is a pre-injury photo of Autumn riding with her owner like a champ.

Animal Adventures

Today I’d like to share a story about 2 dogs I worked with about a year ago. I’m changing names for privacy. The owner contacted me about a little situation he was having with two of his dogs. Sheba is a relatively large dog who developed serious vision problems at a young age; however, she was unaware that this was a problem and managed to get around just fine, as she knew her way around the home. But she would occasionally bump into Bart, who is a smaller dog. Bart would get impatient with this and grumble at Sheba. He thought it was quite rude. Upon communicating with Bart, I realized that he was unaware of Sheba’s vision problem and also a bit perturbed that he didn’t get that memo! He then felt guilty, but also compassionate toward Sheba. I explained that nobody was upset with him. I asked if he would be willing to be more patient with Sheba now that he understood the situation, and he readily agreed. Approximately a week after our session, the owner texted me to report that Bart had stopped grumbling at Sheba and had become much more tolerant and patient with her. As with humans, clear communication is important! Sometimes just making sure an animal understands what is going on can make all the difference.

Animal Messenger for the Week of June 22, 2019

Animal messenger for the week of June 23,2019: HAWK – guardianship in ventures. This follows through from last week’s message. The options and opportunities you have previously considered are now in motion. Hawk is protecting and guiding you through the process. Hawks have laser sharp vision. Hawk will help you see what you need to see, especially what is hidden or hard to see. Hawk will lead you to the finer details. To make the most of this message, try this: sit quietly for a moment, take a few deep breaths and settle in. Ask to receive the guidance of hawk. Sit with it for a bit — maybe some specific messages will come to you. You can do this with any or all of the animal messengers.

Animal Totem Message for week of June 16, 2019

Animal totem message for the week of June 16 – CROW. Crows and ravens are similar, but have different meanings as animal messengers. Crows nest very high in the trees and are excellent watchers, always alert to danger and warning others when necessary. Your message: do not let your guard down when new opportunities arrive. You may need to proceed with caution. The opportunity may be a good one, but be sure you have all the facts first. Forewarned is forearmed.

Animal Totem Message for the week of June 9, 2019

Grackle is a large black bird with iridescent feathers that change color depending on the light. Grackle indicates shifting and intensifying emotions in and around us. It is time to become creative in how we experience, express and handle emotions. Ask yourself if the emotions you are experiencing are constructive or even necessary.

Animal Adventures

Hello Everyone! I hope summer is going well for you. In addition to posting weekly Animal Totem messages, I will now also be sharing my animal communication and healing stories with you. People often wonder what exactly I do or what happens during a typical session, although there is no typical session!

My animal communication and healing adventures began with my previous dog, Zeke. I was already very interested in energy work and had been for some time. I was just beginning to explore energy work when Zeke became quite ill. He had health problems off and on through much of his life because of some auto-immune disorder, but he grew much worse during the last couple years of his life. He had some serious digestive issues and developed many food intolerances. When his stomach was bothering him, I would hear it making gurgling noises, and I could tell by his posture that he was in terrible discomfort. Without really knowing much about energy work at the time, I instinctively hovered my hands over his belly. I immediately felt the energy flowing, and my hands began to tingle. I saw a murky dark yellow color all around his abdomen. As I held my hands there, the color became a clear, bright yellow, and the gurgling stopped! Soon Zeke began coming to me for energy healing whenever he needed it. He would approach me and position his body to show me where he needed help.

Zeke crossed over a couple of years ago, but I give him credit for really getting me on this road. He is now my partner in crime when I work with animals. He is quite a healer himself.

May 2019 Animal Message

For June 2019, Chipmunk stepped forward with a message for you. As you probably know, chipmunks store up food and stay in their burrows for most of the winter. Chipmunk says, “Winter is over! Come out and play! Enjoy nature and the feel of unpaved earth under your feet. Get your hands dirty.” Chipmunks also have a very acute sense of smell. Another message for you is to trust the tone of someone’s voice rather than just the words. Also, trust the tone of a situation rather than just the actions you see going on around you.

I will be at Library Fire Hall (South Park, PA) on Sunday, May 5 from 12-5 pm doing pet readings as part of a psychic fair. This is a very nice fair with reputable readers and great vendors. Readings are $30 for 15 minutes. I hope to see you there!

Something New for You

Hello Everyone. Here’s what I have going on over the next few weeks: Pendulum Class at Journeys in Shadyside on Thursday, April 25 from 7-8:30 PM . Please call Journeys to register. I will be at Library Fire Hall on Sunday, May 5 from 12-5 PM doing pet readings at the spirit fair. I’m available for Reiki & Reflexology (for people) and also for pet readings at Peace Love & Zen in East Liberty on Monday and Friday afternoons. Please check the Calendar page of the website for details.

I’m starting a new monthly feature on this blog. I will share a message from the animal kingdom that is intended for anyone who reads this. After today, I will post a message at the beginning of the month. Your first message is from Tortoise. Tortoise is one of our most ancient species and they live a long time. Your message: Get in touch with and trust your primal senses and rhythms. Trust your own unique flow in order to be successful, and understand that some things need to manifest over a period of time. Look at the big picture of your current life cycle over the last 1-3 years in order to make sense of things rather than getting bogged down by the day to day trivial details.

When one door closes…

Another one opens! 

The owner of Journeys in Shadyside has decided to retire, but I will still be working there until the store closes. I will be at Journeys Spirit Fair on April 7 at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty along with some other readers and vendors.  It’s a lovely event.  At the last spirit fair, all of the readers were quite busy, so it’s a good idea to call Journeys at 412-681-8755 to schedule your session in advance.  I will also be teaching a pendulum class at the store on April 25 from 7-8:30 PM.  The cost of the class is $30, and you’ll need your own pendulum.  Please call Journeys to register.

Starting on April 8, I will be working at Peace Love & Zen in East Liberty (Pittsburgh) doing pet readings, reflexology/energy work for people and also teaching the occasional class.  I have added a calendar page to the website so you can see where I am throughout the month. I will be offering my Animal Communication and Energy Work for the Pet Owner class online some time in the near future.  Please check the website and blog post for updates.

As always, I’m available by phone for healing/readings for people and for pets, which can be scheduled at any time that is convenient for both of us.  I am also available to provide individual coaching.  Details are on the website

Pet Tip:  Do you have rescued pet?  Tell them they are home for good, even if they’ve been with you for a while.  Some animals realize this, but many do not.  Many still worry that they will be shuffled around again.  Don’t worry if you do not have any animal communication experience.  They will get the message.