13. November 2018
“So, I looked through your records…” My new doctor began, “And I don’t see any record here of a mammogram.” “No, there isn’t one.” I admitted hesitantly, with a knot in my stomach. “I have never had one.” She didn’t know it, but she was keying in on one of my biggest fears. The big C. Breast cancer, or any mention of it. I am an expert at avoiding this topic. I braced myself for what I knew was coming. “That is not acceptable. You are 41 and counting. Your mother died...
16. April 2018
I have heard this so many times in animal communication sessions. Your dogs and your cats for that matter, hate your phone. It is no accident when they knock it on the floor or nudge out of your hands. Recently, when a dog told me this, I asked him if it was because his companion was paying more attention to their phone than they were to him. I was a little surprised by his answer. He said that is certainly part of it, but that the main reason for hating the phone was that he didn't like the...

09. April 2018
My husband has been longing to make a mini pig a part of our family for a long time. A really long time. I have held out for years, but recently decided that now is the time. Finally, we picked our baby up from the breeder last week. She is 7 weeks old. She weighs 2 lbs. She is just tiny and adorable. And sassy, demanding and opinionated! It is as if we have a newborn baby on our hands. In fact, we do! Her name is Fiona, because she is a bit like living with an ogre. We are quickly learning how...

25. March 2018
Life is ever changing, of that we can be sure. In our human minds, it is easy to justify changes, as we think in a series of consequences. Moving, changes in jobs, routines, divorces, etc. are all things that can cause a lot of upheaval in our lives. As an animal communicator, I often see pets suffering through changes with a great deal of confusion. If you have animal companions, these changes can have a profound effect on them. Some signs that they may be suffering are: changes in eating...

18. March 2018
In animal communication work I frequently work with families whose animals are experiencing behavior issues. One of the most common things I see are bored and confused cats and dogs who are trying to establish their role in the family dynamic. Just as you need purpose in your life, they do as well. Sometimes our pets will assign themselves jobs that are less than helpful. Recently, I worked with a family who is cat had suddenly started leaving surprises on the rug instead of in his litter box....
26. February 2018
Have you ever noticed that people who don't like animals attract them like a magnet? Any one who comes to my house who does not like animals is sure to have dogs and a cat all up in their business. I feel like they are trying to reassure them that animals are safe. I suspect that most people who claim to not like animals have had a bad experience somewhere along the way. That is so sad to me, because I know how much interacting with animals can enrich people's lives. When I was a kid I had a...
19. February 2018
My son had his tonsils out last week, as well as a broken nose repair. His recovery has been rough, as you can imagine. We are doing all we can to keep his pain in check and his discomfort at bay. Pain meds are working, most of the time. Ice packs and popsicles offer some relief. He has better medicine though. He is receiving a daily, constant dose of Vitamin Fur. The kind of medicine that can only be administered by someone of the four legged variety. In his case, his nurses are two tiny...
04. February 2018
Anyone who has a cat knows that puke warfare is a thing. So are piss rockets and poop guns. Cats will use their bodily fluids as a showstopping way to get your attention. Ew. I know. But it works! I have a cat client with a bowel disease who poops in the dining room to make sure her family knows that she is ill again. It is gross, and they wish she would not do it, but it sure does get the message across. My mom had a cat that peed into the burners of the stove. Horrible, I know. She was a...

27. January 2018
When I was a kid, I had a cousin named Eric who adored creepy crawly things. The only thing he loved more than all of his critters was making everyone else uncomfortable with them. If you were willing to hold his snakes, geckos, rats etc, then you were cool. If you weren't, he would harass you with them until you were. Every one of his critters was named Leroy. He pronounced it in various ways. Heavy on the Leeeee-roy. A subtle Lee with an accented Roy. Leroy, but in an Australian accent. You...

21. January 2018
I live near Yellowstone Park. Because of that, I have grown up hearing all kinds of stories about the wolves the bison and all of the controversies. Did you know that if bison stray out of the Park that they can be euthanized? It's true. They are not welcome to wander the range as their ancestors did. It is because they are believed to carry a disease called brucellosis that can cause cattle to spontaneously abort their fetuses. The ranchers have been so concerned about the buffalo infecting...

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