Talking to Animals: A look at the role of communicators in the pet-human relationship
By Jillian Wolande
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to converse with your canine or feline friends?
Professional animal communicators, a growing trend in the pet industry, claim to make this phenomenon possible. The communicator attempts to telepathically intuit the thoughts of an animal and then relay those thoughts to the animal’s guardian.
I was skeptical at first. Animal communication sounded intriguing, but at the same time I really did not believe a person could have a conversation with my dog. But after interviewing four different professional animal communicators, I came away with a different opinion. Who knew my dog, Bella, loves the color pink?
Animal communicators can play a major role in helping people and pets beyond conducting telepathic communications. In fact, all of the communicators I spoke with donate much of their time to helping animals find and stay in homes. They work with rescue foundations to help match homeless pets with forever families. They’ve helped pets and their guardians through transition periods, developed constructive behavioral techniques between pets and guardians, and even helped guardians find lost pets.
Sonya Fitzpatrick (SonyaFitzpatrick.com) is the first animal communicator I interviewed. Fitzpatrick was born and raised in London and now resides in the United States. She grew up among many animals and believes she was given the gift at an early age. She said that she has been speaking to animals ever since she can remember. Fitzpatrick starred in a notable TV show, The Pet Psychic, currently has her own radio show, and has written several books. She is also actively engaged in rescuing and assisting lost, abandoned, and sick animals through her foundation, the Gift of Animal Life Sanctuary, Inc. (GOALS).
Before Fitzpatrick and I spoke over the phone, she requested a photograph of my dog, Bella. Our conversation did not follow the normal question-and-answer format. She immediately started relaying Bella’s thoughts and feelings. She knew everything from the color of her bed to the fact she was staying with my mom over the weekend.
At one point in the conversation, Fitzpatrick asked me where I was traveling. She said Bella informed her of the vacation I was planning. (I had a vacation planned to begin 12 days after our conversation.)
Fitzpatrick said she was able to communicate with Bella through images. “[Bella] picks up your thoughts and pictures. She knows when you’re sad, happy, upset, or going away. [Animals] have a language—it is a bit of a silent language,” she said.
The next animal communicator I spoke with was Cindy Huff (CindyHuff.com) of Animal Communication and Wellness Services in Pleasant Plain, OH. Huff does consultations for animals and their guardians over the phone or in person, and focuses much of her effort on “emotional situations,” she said.
“Basically, there are a lot of different ways to get information: sight, sound, smell, and taste. You can also communicate energetically and or emotionally without saying a word,” Huff explained.
Huff works mainly with animal rescue groups. “We live in a country where people dump animals all the time. We want dogs to stay in the good homes they have. If we facilitate good communication and understanding in the family, chances are the family will get the help the dog needs,” she said.
As I continued on with my research and interviews, I was becoming more fascinated with animals and their relationships with humans.
The third animal communicator I spoke with was Tim Link, author of the book Wagging Tales (Wagging-Tales.com), a collection of his experiences with various animals. Link works with pet guardians as well as animals in zoos and aquariums. In most cases, Link works in one of three areas: behavioral or physical change, lost animals, and transition (i.e. pet loss).
Like Fitzpatrick, Link also had a consultation with Bella to give me a better understanding of her thoughts. I asked Link about a specific behavioral issue. When Bella goes on walks and we run into another dog, she loses her temper, growls, barks, and pretty much goes nuts. Link’s advice was for me to speak to her before and during the walk and reward her when we return home. “Before you go on a walk … tell Bella what the situation is and what we are doing and why this is good,” he said.
Echoing Fitzpatrick, Link said that dogs pick up visually on what we say to them. “When you speak out loud, they understand what you’re saying, and they will see the imagery that comes with the words.”
Link does 95 percent of his work over the phone. He donates a portion of his proceeds from his work and his book to rescue groups and spends much of his time working with animals from shelters as well. Link said that his purpose is to “give animals a voice.”
My last interview was with Emerald DuCoeur of Hearts Content Animal Communication (HeartsContent.net), which is based in Doylestown, PA. DuCoeur was motivated to become an animal communicator after the death of her beloved dog, Trajan. She consulted an animal communicator for the first time to help ease her grief. “It was almost instantaneous, my wanting to be an animal communicator, after communicating with my much-loved dog, Trajan, through an animal communicator. I could feel his presence during a consultation, and I was greatly comforted,” she said.
DuCoeur also had a consultation with Bella. I asked her questions that dealt with Bella’s emotions, behavior, and body. The most interesting discussion we had was about Bella’s knee. Bella has had surgery three times on her right leg, and a vet told me that she needs another surgery, so I asked DuCoeur if Bella had any physical pain. DuCoeur put the phone away, and when she returned she said that Bella felt pain in the right leg. “She is not showing stability in her right leg,” she said.
DuCoeur shared several other cases she had with her clients. “During a private consultation with a lovely woman who had just rescued a large male Great Pyrenees, the three of us talked about aggression issues and solutions mostly. Then her last question was, ‘Did he have anything else he wanted to tell her?’ He said, ‘Thank you for not throwing me away.’ We were both very moved,” she said. “I love my work, telepathically talking with animals and people and teaching people to do the same themselves,” DuCoeur added.
After speaking with each animal communicator, I have a better understanding of their goals and the work they do. They all share a unique gift that helps humans understand animals. Pet guardians who are having trouble can turn to an animal communicator and find out issues that need to be resolved. As Cindy Huff stated, “We want to keep pets in the good homes they have.”
Tagged Animal Communicators, Cindy Huff, Emerald DuCoeur, October 2009, Sonya Fitzpatrick, Tim Link