What is animal communication?
Animals use the language of telepathy, directly from one mind to another, instead of verbalizing their thoughts. Learning their language is simply developing the ability to send and receive images, feelings, words or a sense of knowing. People are telepathic as well but the ability tends to atrophy as we grow older and rely on verbal and written language. Learning to communicate with animals is really just uncovering something that we already have—the ability to send and receive communication without words. Through practice, everyone can learn this skill with animals, people, trees, rocks—anything living.

Does animal communication involve reading body language?
Because I have observed animals closely, I do have some sense of how they feel or what they’re thinking based on their body language. However, for many consultations I’m not in the presence of the animal; even if I am, sometimes I close my eyes in order to concentrate on the images and words they’re sending me. Communicating telepathically is different than knowing their feelings through observing their body.

Have you always been able to communicate with animals?
I have always had a very intense connection with animals and seemed to “know” what they wanted or what they were feeling. Watching Disney movies and cartoons in conjunction with my personal experiences reinforced my knowing that animals talked and had rich, complicated lives and feelings, just like people. Of course I noticed that most adults seemed not to notice what animals said; I simply thought that adults were dismissive of animals the same way they were dismissive of children. My parents knew my connection with my dog was unusual, but luckily, they didn’t discourage it even though they didn’t understand it. I also had a squirrel who lived in the tree in my yard who walked me to and from school.

Do you receive information from animals in one specific way?
My natural ability is both auditory (clairaudient) and sensory (clairsentient). With time and practice, I have increased my visual abilities as well. Being able to hear things was the same as listening to a person talk and seemed very natural. But I also picked up the emotional and physical pain of both animals and people and was often sick because I hadn’t developed an understanding of how to “protect” myself. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned how to “open and close” my energy field appropriately so that I was no longer a sponge for the emotions of others. (I teach this in my spiritual development classes; see “Workshops”). The ability to receive this kind of information is a gift when it’s being used correctly. Most people don’t take on the pain of others on purpose and may not even realize that it’s happening.

So would you call yourself a “psychic”?
I’m not really crazy about the term psychic, simply because of the associations that some people have surrounding that word. Some people take it as a form of hierarchy, as if a psychic has something they don’t have. I’ve often seen people disempower themselves by assuming that a psychic knows more than them even if it goes against their intuition. I believe that these abilities are natural and normal and something we all have access to. I don’t have a problem with anyone who calls themselves psychic but I prefer not to use that term for myself.

Can you diagnose an animal’s illness?
I do not diagnose or treat animals and I am not a veterinarian. However, I can report back to you what the animal says about pain (throbbing or sharp), discomfort (aching or nausea), and I can see and feel darker areas in specific places in their body, which is often a sign of disease. This kind of information can aid a veterinarian or chiropractor in diagnosing an animal or providing treatment. I think of it in the same way as asking a person what’s wrong or where something hurts; they usually can’t diagnose their own illness but they can explain how they feel. The ability to see or feel illness in the body is also a learned skill, which I teach in my advanced animal communication class.

I’m afraid; What if my animal says something I don’t want to hear?
Some people have needless fears about what their animals will say. I find the majority of their communications to be funny, moving, brilliant, and direct. They don’t feel any need to talk around a subject or be vague like people, but they are rarely harsh. Some animals are more sarcastic than others, but that’s usually because their people are sarcastic; in short, those people can handle that type of communication or the animal wouldn’t convey it in that way. Some animals complain about their food, sleeping arrangements, being left alone, etc . . . but they do it with the same energy that they do in their daily lives: filled with unconditional love and compassion. Also, before each consultation, I say an opening prayer stating the intention that everything comes through God and for the highest good of all concerned. I also have to ask the animal for permission to speak with them (though they rarely say no).

What kinds of animals do you work with?
The majority of calls come from people who live with dogs, cats, birds, and horses, although I can communicate with any animal. I am not an animal expert by any means and don’t know everything about their food, habits, and care, but I can still tell you what they tell me. I have been fortunate enough to speak with a wide variety of animals, including squirrels, mice, chickens, goats, lambs, hedgehogs, monkeys, snakes, lizards, and cows, to name a few.

Are certain animals easier to communicate with than others?
Only when it comes to individual personalities, just like people! Dogs are not easier to communicate with than cats or any other species, and one type of animal is not smarter than another. I once had a man tell me that his dog was stupid and my response was that animals are often as smart as their people. Of course, he didn’t get it!

How accurate are you in interpreting what animals are saying?
I would never claim that I am 100% accurate, because it’s filtered through my own experience and understanding. The way that animals see and experience things can be radically different than a human perspective. Sometimes animals will send me a picture of something or describe something that makes no sense to me. My job is simply to report what I’m seeing, hearing, or feeling. Through experience, I have come to understand what certain images stand for or what an animal may be referring to, but just as often I get stumped and have learned to simply trust what I’m receiving without feeling the need to “interpret”. Often the person will understand what their animal is saying even if I don’t. Sometimes a person won’t understand what I’m talking about either; later I’ll get an email or phone call telling me that they finally figured out what their animal was referring to. I do have quite a few repeat clients, so hopefully I’m doing something right!

If I have this natural ability, then why can’t I do what you do?
You can, and most likely you already are. Think about a time in your life when you thought about someone you haven’t seen in a long time and suddenly they called you. Think about a time that you just KNEW something was going to happen, and it did, or a time when you knew what someone wanted or felt before they even told you. You were receiving information telepathically, also called intuitive knowing. The critical factor is learning how to send and receive information consciously , which takes practice. People can regain this natural ability as they remove the blocks and get more in touch with what’s waiting just below the surface. Most often these blocks come in the form of the logical mind negating the information, telling us that our experiences are not real, which interferes with the ability to trust our intuition and maintain access to this flow.

How can I learn to better communicate with my animal?
I do teach classes in animal communication (see “Workshops”) but it’s really about developing a daily spiritual practice. Practice is the key word, because what you focus on increases. Animals have a higher vibration than humans, in general, so the way to receive information from them is to raise your vibration. This can be achieved by releasing blocks and increasing your intuition in a variety of ways. Meditation, yoga, art, music, exercise, and for some people, even cleaning—anything that suspends the mind and allows energy and ideas to flow. Most people have experienced that feeling when things simply come to them “out of the blue”; this is the state of receptivity I’m talking about. Quincy Jones says he often “sees” music; Stephen King says he “dreams” pieces of his novels. All of this comes from the same source, and with a daily focus, increases and expands into all areas of your life, if you allow it.