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Litter Box Troubles: Part 4: Interpersonal Problems

Your Cat is Pissy Because He is Not Getting Along with Someone

Lotus appears courtesy of her friend, Liz Scherer

When a cat pees or poops in an unauthorized location, owners immediately assume it’s because their cat doesn’t like someone.

In truth, a cat is much more likely to use his teeth and claws to solve his interpersonal problem, unless the target of their anger poses a physical threat to him.

Interpersonal problem-related peeing and pooping is easy to spot. If your cat could rent a billboard or at least trick that poop out in Christmas lights, they would.  This is when your cat just leaves their business right in the open.

You walk out of your bedroom and step on something fresh, hello, your cat has your attention (unless your cat is of the long-haired variety and has had, what we call in our family, a ‘ride-along’).

Spraying is also interpersonal. This is marking behavior. All marking behavior designates ownership. If I spray something, it is mine.

Interpersonal issues are some of the hardest to change.

Taj appears courtesy of his friend, Liz Scherer

Remember when your mother (father, sister, teacher, the TV) said that you can’t make someone like you? This goes double for cats. Many cats, due to lack of socialization as kittens, are predisposed to NOT like new people and pets.

Sometimes we need to help them to like a new friend.

Interpersonal issues most commonly occur when a new family member is added to the household.

Don’t dump your new love interest. Don’t ditch the dog. And please don’t re-home your cat. 

Instead, try to integrate the new person and the current cat more carefully.

Here are six steps that change the dynamic, helping to ease the frustration of your cat, and soothe the out-sized ego that so many cats have.

1. Keep your cat safe
Make introductions that do not cause frightening chasing or catching activities, and that enable your cat to have the agency to finish the conversation early. keep your cat safe. Never allow the new family member to hurt or scare the cat.

2. Limit your cat’s world.
If your cat pees on a carpet, your cat doesn’t get to be alone with that carpet. If your cat is showing ownership of things in your house, your cat doesn’t get access to those things unless you are present. If they do this in front of you, you use the key phrase “WE DON’T DO THAT HERE.” And give them a free trip to the bathroom or the laundry room.

3. Show public demonstrations of love to your cat
Put your cat on your lap and say, This is Leo, king of cats, and I love him in front of the person or pet that they do not care for. This can do wonders. A cat can be flattered. Give your cat ample affection. Also, give affection to the one that your cat does not care for, in front of the cat. I love you and I also love you. Let’s all get along.

4. Don’t reject the cat
Do not reject the cat in front of or in favor of the new family member. The only time this rule does not apply is if the cat needs a time-out for unprovoked violent behavior or for peeing/pooping right in front of you. Then you say, “We do not behave that way in this house.” And they get a free trip to the laundry room.

5. Give your cat an out
Your cat needs to be able to get away from the person or pet that they do not care for. Most cats like to go up. Take books off your bookcase. Let the cat up on the back of the couch. Make sure, if they are with this person or pet, that they have a way to get away. This helps your cat feel safe, and also to feel like he is in control of his life.

6. If social hierarchy is important to your cat, reinforce it.
Social hierarchy, the stuff of royalty and junior high queen bees, can also be important to your cat. It all comes down to first pick of locations and goods.
If a cat considers social hierarchy important, (for example, he always seeks out the highest spot in the room, doesn’t let the other pets eat his food, tries to take the other pets’ food or move them from their seat, etc.), and the other animal doesn’t care, then teach the other pets to respect the social hierarchy. Feed the cat first. Get a cat tree with a very high perch. Pet the cat first.
Does this make the other pet feel bad? Not usually. Usually the other pet does not care, especially if the pet has a place to sleep and safe access to their food. Sometimes you will get two pets that are equally invested in social hierarchy. In that case, do not take sides. Be Switzerland. Do not harm and take no shit.

ONE IMPORTANT CAVEAT TO SOCIAL HIERARCHY: You are at the top of the social hierarchy. Your cat(s), pets and other family members need you to be there. You control the resources. They need you to be in charge and enforce the rules.

Some people let their cats rule their houses. If the cat is not paying the rent, the cat does not get to call the shots.

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Litter Box Troubles: Part 3: Anxiety

This is part 3 in the Litter Box Troubles Series.

Your cat has a problem that they are trying to solve with their bodily fluids. Solve their problem, and it solves your problem!

Today we tackle anxiety. Your cat may be doing their business in unapproved areas because they feel unsafe and/or anxious. Before you start feeling guilty, let me explain how cats are naturally wired to be anxious.

Frito appears courtesy of his friend, Laura Robson

I’m afraid of heights.

I can fly in a plane, 37,000 feet in the air. It’s really the first 300 feet that are a problem.

The bit in my brain that causes me to feel scared is my amygdala. I put my foot on a ladder and my amygdala fires off like a bottle rocket.

I spent Sunday afternoon  picking the plum tree. I teetered on a ladder and whispered to myself, It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay.

Humans are really good at talking themselves through their phobias. We ask the question, Am I really in danger? Am I just freaking out? The part of the human brain that questions irrational fear is called the prefrontal cortex.

Humans have big prefrontal cortexes. We are capable of rationalizing nearly anything. A cat’s prefrontal cortex is less developed.  Your cat has a really hard time talking herself out of being afraid.

If your cat is orange, tortie or calico, they have an even harder time dealing with feelings of anxiety because the recessive gene for orange fur is the same gene as the one for even smaller prefrontal cortexes (shout-out to Temple Grandin for discovering this).

A house that always smells the same is a safe house. Your cat knows it is safe because as long as it has smelled this way, no coyotes or mountain lions have found her and eaten her.

That’s some solid cat logic.

Cat Logic in Action

Fumbles appears courtesy of her friend, Julia Bunnell

Let’s say your cousin Frank comes to town. He brings the unique smells of his world into your home.

Your cat likes Frank. She rubs her face on Frank’s legs, marking him as hers. She sits on Frank’s lap all afternoon while you three binge-watch The Great British Bake-Off.

And then later, you hear Frank scream because your cat has climbed into Frank’s suitcase and had a wee all over it.

She likes Frank! What is going on?

Your cat likes Frank so much that she wants to keep him safe. She can only keep him safe by making him smell like your house.

What smells does your cat have at her disposal?

She has the scent glands on her face, the ones that she rubbed against Frank’s legs.

And she has her pee.

Your cat’s anxiety is jacked up. The smells from Frank’s world are causing her amygdala to react.

She thinks- Let’s be doubly sure the coyote doesn’t get Frank. Let’s pee on his stuff.

Cats, in general, like how their pee smells. It’s a comforting smell.
And they are surprised when they learn that we don’t.

Some cats are naturally anxious. An anxious cat is going to have that amygdala firing more often.

Other cats go through anxious times. Smells that used to be okay to a cat become suspect as a cat gets more anxious.

A Distinct Difference

This anxious cat scenario sounds like the annoyed cat from the previous post, huh? Cat doesn’t like smell. Cat Pees.

An anxious cat is not annoyed by the new smell of a cleaner. They are scared by a smell that’s different from the house. This is an important distinction because you treat the problem differently.

An anxious cat will pee and poop on suitcases and piles of laundry. They will do their business on something they know that’s in the wrong place. Bring a cushion for your patio into your living room, and suddenly your cat pees on it? You have an anxious cat.

Clothes that smell like new people are often a target. And shoes.

The Newly Anxious

Right now, I am encountering anxious cats everywhere.

We live in an anxious time. If the human, the person who controls the food is anxious, the cat will feel anxious too.

Let’s Fix This Problem

Austin appears courtesy of his friend, Amy Weiland

How do you fix your cat’s anxiety problem?

1. Check your own anxiety.

Your pets are soaking in your emotions. Are you anxious? Of course, we all have moments of anxiety, but if you are going through a time of where you are consistently anxious, please take care of yourself. You deserve to feel good and your cat does too!

2.Spend quiet time with your cat.

Take ten minutes and sit quietly with your cat (without your phone or a podcast or the TV), and quietly take deep breaths. Don’t stare at your cat. Try not to make it weird. Just sit and pet and gently talk with them.

3.Keep things picked up.

Put shoes and clothes in closets. If you can help it, don’t put a basket full of dirty laundry next to their litter box. The litter box is a safe space. Let’s keep it that way.

4. Use a flower essence

Flower essences are these interesting energetic healing liquids. I don’t know how they work. They seem like they shouldn’t, but I use them and recommend them to clients. You may have heard of Rescue Remedy. That’s a flower essence blend. I recommend Green Hope Farms’ Animal Wellness Line. Please note: if you go with Rescue Remedy (available at whole foods), get the liquid. Do Not Get The Candies and Use Them as Pills. This will kill your cat, as they have xylitol in them. I put a drop between my cat’s shoulder blades, about once a day. Some people recommend that you add the stuff to their water or food. I do not recommend this because dehydration is not good, and the carrier liquid (either vinegar or alcohol) smells off-putting.

5. Massage your cat

Use long firm strokes from the front to the back of your cat, and from the top to the bottom. Massage calms the central nervous system, and grounds your cat’s energy.

6. Better living through pharmaceuticals

Your vet has drugs. Some cats benefit from an anti-anxiety drug.

Your cat’s anxiety can get better, and their litter box habits can get better with it. I’m hoping these steps do the trick for you!

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Litter Box Troubles: Part 2: Smells are Loud!

This is part two in a 5-part series, to help you solve the problem of your cat not using their litter box.
You can start your journey here: Litter Box Trouble

To recap- your cat is not mad at you. Your cat is trying to solve a problem with one of the only tools she has: her bodily fluids.

Your cat, environmental activist

One of the most common problems that cats encounter is a change in their environment.

Cats spend the vast majority of time in a smallish space, your house.

Environment is very important to them. I can’t stress this enough.

Cats have an incredible sense of smell

Your cat has two olfactory organs. One is her actual nose and the other is located in the roof of er mouth. It’s called the vomeronasal or, Jacobsen’s organ.

If you’ve seen your cat panting (while his eyes bug out a little), you’ve seen her really trying to smell something.

A cat’s sense of smell is similar to our sense of hearing, in that it’s very hard to ignore and has a big impact on our ability to concentrate and feel peaceful. In other words…

Smells. Are. Loud.

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Have you ever had a bad housemate?

Let’s say you were listening to a music you really like, something comforting, something you were used to.

Your housemate comes in and says, Ugh, we are never listening to that again, we’re listening to this! And then she proceeds to play something strange and awful, something you’ve never encountered before and that you don’t want to hear again.

You’d be upset, right?

This is what happens when you introduce a new smell into your home. A new smell can be loud music to a cat. And they just want it to stop.

Of course, some cats are very calm about smells. They do not care. But many cats can’t. Their environment, the place they hold so dear, has been violated by something loud and unsettling.

Your cat turns down your music by making a music of her own: urine.

Your cat does this because the smell of her urine is comforting. Her urine drowns out the smell she doesn’t like, and it also sends the message to you that she is not liking this new situation. She’s not mad. She’s just disappointed in your choice.

Great. you’re thinking, My cat doesn’t like a smell. Awesome.

Never fear. You can have your new lavender candle.

Like a noise you hear all of the time, so often that you stop hearing it, a smell that cat smells all the time will fade into the background. You can bring it in gradually, and unless it is truly awful, your cat will get used to it.

Some of the most common new smell culprits are candles, cleaning products, personal care products, and new furniture.

If you want to change your cleaner, do it gradually. Start with a room that’s not near the litter box room, or near the bedroom, places your cat has designated as safe. Just like how the gradual addition of a sound doesn’t bother us, the gradual addition of a smell is less likely to bother them.

New furniture requires a transitional object. Take a well-loved cat blanket or towel and put it on your new couch. Or if your cat is very sensitive, rub the furniture with the blanket and keep the furniture in your garage until your cat has had a chance to smell the furniture on the blanket and seems non-reactive.

The smells that your cat is used to are comforting smells. Abruptly getting rid of a smell can be nearly as upsetting as abruptly introducing a new one.

Signs a cat is finicky about a smell:

1. They go potty where the smell has been recently used.
2. They go potty very soon after the smell has been introduced.

Remember, not all cats are finicky about new smells. Be sure to explore the other problems your cat may be trying to solve.

Cats are particular about their bathrooms, just like we are.

Let’s say you go to your bathroom, and you find that your housemate has carpeted the bathroom floor.

She also made a carpet cover for the toilet lid. It’s shag.

Where did your beautiful tile go? The one that felt so cold and clean on your feet?

Your cat’s litter box is like your bathroom. If she is using the box, she likes it.

Don’t change her bathroom.

Don’t buy litter on sale. Stick with the brand she loves. This saves so much heartache.

Also, make sure you use an enzyme product like Nature’s Miracle on the places that she’s already hit. You don’t want to remind her how she solved her problem before.

Your cat is your friend trying to live in a world that you impact.  You can solve her problem.

Will you let me know how this goes for you?

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Litter Box Troubles: Part 1: Start Here

Ugh. Cat Pee. On your carpet. Or couch. Or shoes.

It’s the worst.

This is one of the most common cat complaints that I encounter.

Over the next 5 days, we’ll solve your litter box problem. Your cat will use their box, and you’ll have a better understanding of how your cat thinks and feels.

First things first, your cat is not mad at you.

Your Cat Is Not Mad at You

Grey CatCats do not plan ahead.

They aren’t heading for the water dish, thinking, I’ll show her.

Cats serve their revenge piping hot in the form of bites and scratches and tail-flicking rage.

When your cat sprays your shoes, he’s trying to solve a problem.

If you solve your cat’s problem, your problem goes away!

What Problems Could Your Cat Have?

I know, right?

And why would your cat use urine to solve the problem?

If your cat had thumbs and a bank account, trust me, he’d use Amazon like the rest of us. As it is, he just has bodily fluids, teeth, claws, meows and withering stares. Your cat is working with limited tools. And he’s no Macgyver to begin with.

To a cat, using cat logic, urine is an obvious solution to their problem. It’s a cat thing. You wouldn’t understand because you do not have cat logic and you do not speak cat.

But, as their friend, you have tools and resources that they don’t have. You can be a real help to them. And then they will stop peeing on your stuff.

Your cat may have a very basic problem. Or it may be more complex.

Start with the Basics

Please make sure that all these are true before you look for a more complicated litter box mystery.

  1. The cat box is clean, roomy and private.
  2. There’s more than one, if needed. Experts recommend one more box than there are cats.
  3. You have been to the vet and confirmed that your cat does not have a medical issue like a urinary tract infection, or digestion problems that make urgency part of the problem. And also, make sure that your cat does not have arthritis, which would make getting into the litter box difficult.
  4. You have also confirmed that your cat does not have the age-related kitty dementia that is causing her to mistake the laundry basket for the litter box.
  5. You’ve used an enzyme cleaner like “Nature’s Miracle” to take the cat stink out of the spots your cat has hit.

Tomorrow- it’s cat logic time.  I’ll show you how cats view the world, and how you might be unwittingly causing frustrations for your cat.

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It’s Cat Month! September 9th-October 9th 2018!

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We’re celebrating cats all month!

And if you want me to talk with your cat, you can save $25 off the regular price.
From September 9th-October 9th, any animal communication session with a cat is $25 off.  Cat Gift Certificates are also $25 off!

Schedule  your Cat Communication Session Today

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Scoutie the wonder dog needs a home- Is it your home?

We have fostered Scoutie for nearly four weeks, and in that time, he’s gone from a scared and snappy little fellow, with some resource issues and conflict control aggression, to a total sweetheart that I will miss hanging out with.

Scoutie is a dachshund/papillion mix (we think). He weighs about 15 lbs.  He is not quite knee-high.

Scoutie is four years old.  He may be little, but he hikes like a pro, and is, in no way, a shitty little dog. Scoutie is neutered. He has all of his shots.  And by the time he is adopted, he will have had his teeth done too.

I will miss his kisses and his happy dance. I will miss our little talks.

As much as I love dogs, I’m not one of those people that loves every dog and wants to hang out with every dog, and when I met Scoutie, I thought, Oh, you are a piece of work. 

For the first year of his life, he lived in a home that was unpredictable, where he was abused by a man and where rules were arbitrary. There is nothing that makes a dog more nervous (or human) than when rules are arbitrary and ever-changing.

Scoutie- after about a week and a half of fostering

It was so bad that a relative spirited Scoutie away. to a shelter, where the man who abused him came and got him back. Another relative took him and drove him several hours away to a rescue group.

This little dog needed a home where he was socialized with other dogs, regularly walked and groomed and disciplined. The lady who had Scout, while she is a nice gal, didn’t know how to deal with his behavior challenges. She let him get away with any behavior that he offered, and she didn’t build confidence in him. She couldn’t trust him to take him anywhere, and she has a lot of emotional challenges of her own that she regularly works through.

Let me just say- in a busy foster home, in four weeks, this guy has gone from weirdo to happy little dog.

He listens pretty well.

His resource guarding is gone.

When we met, I couldn’t touch him below his neck. Now I can touch him anywhere, without a problem.

I was told that he was scared of men, and a terror to cats and weird around dogs.  It turns out he likes men a lot. He is easily redirected from cats (where he pretty much just wants to hump them). He can now take a nap with a cat.  He properly greets dogs on walks, and properly plays with dogs at the dog park and at our house.

For the first three weeks, he was constantly worried.  He tired himself out with worry because he would stay awake all day and by 8 o’clock, he was so cranky and tired.  He’d want to be comforted but also be worried that someone was going to brush him or pet him or otherwise wake him up.  So he’d curl his lip and give a tiny snap if you tried to pet him.  He learned, after several conversations, that when you are tired, you go sleep by a person but not on them. If you are sitting on a person, they will pet you, and they will not like it if you curl a lip or snap. That’s not okay.

About a week ago, the switch flipped. Instead of worrying that everything is going to be bad, Scoutie now thinks that maybe things are going to be good.

I think we have gas station attendants and McDonald’s Drive-through, and the nice people at Lexi-Dog Social Club to thank for that.

That is the moment I love the most in fostering. I love it when the switch flips, and the dog relaxes and starts acting like a dog.

When you are not worried, you stop being difficult. You start being willing to try things- like baths and brushing, and getting your nails cut (not his favorite).  You start being the first out of the car instead of the last.

You try things that are not okay and are told they’re not okay, and you learn not to do them.  You also learn that being wrong isn’t a beating or the end of the world.  It’s just being wrong.

Scoutie does not need a home with a dog expert.  He’s through the hard re-wiring. Now he just needs a home where he’s loved, where he has a routine and proper expectations.  He would be great with another dog.  He is fine with cats.

He can’t live in an apartment because he is a little yippy when people leave. And a little barky.

I think young kids would still make him nervous, but my golly does this dog love teenagers. I have a senior in high school named Ike, and we often have to check and re-check his bedroom during the day to make sure that Ike didn’t somehow sneak home.  I have never seen such an enthusiastic dance than when Ike comes home.

Scoutie is great at:

-going to restaurants and pubs
– visiting people
-riding in the car
– walking on leash. We are working on not pulling.
– getting a bath
– going to bed in his crate
– running up to the door when we get out of the car.
– playing with other dogs

-Scoutie is working on:

– coming when called
-asking to go potty outside (he is much improved. We haven’t had an accident in three days!)

Scoutie doesn’t understand toys yet, but if introduced, I think he would like them.

Scoutie at the dog park

I’d love to find a home where I can get updates on Scoutie. I’d love for him to have a forever home where he is loved!  It’d be great if it was in the PNW.

You can be part of Scoutie’s new life.
Are you Scoutie’s potential forever friend and owner?

Contact me at bridget@petsaretalking.com and we’ll talk.

 

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Your First Animal Friend- A Way to Understand the Energetic Signature

Think back for a minute to the first time you felt close to an animal.
Who was that animal?

If you could use 3 words to describe that animal, what would they be?

My first animal friend was a dog named Blackie.
Blackie was a beagle/dachshund mix.  My parents got him when my mother was pregnant with my twin brother and me. He was my older brother’s  your mom is having twins dog.

Bridget, Cupcake, Blackie and Joel

The 3 words I would use to describe Blackie’s energy are:
virile ( dude was a wandering rogue with an eye for the ladies. He was about 20 lbs. of man-dog).
–  sweet (he loved to give kisses).
–  confident (if he got out of the yard, he would race away, looking behind us and laughing because there was no way we’d catch him before he was ready to be caught. Also, he was an unrepentant car chaser).
From the moment you looked at Blackie, or reached out and pet him, you’d know what he was about. He was the easiest dog to read.

Close your Eyes and Feel the Energy of Your Pet

You know your pet. You know what they are about. And sometimes you can feel their feelings. It’s not just observation.
Try this:
Close your eyes and put your hand on your pet.
Take a deep breath.
Relax.
Let the details of their energy flow to you.
See what shows up!
At its most simple, animal communication is just knowing the pet that’s with you. That takes curiosity and the ability to feel and listen.  Anybody can do it.

Morrie and my Mullet

Morrie was our alley cat. The people who lived down the street left him behind. We found him digging around our trash.
It was early spring in central Minnesota.

Every day, I’d put food out for him, and for the first few months, I turned right around and left.  He’d wait until he was sure I was gone, and then he’d eat.

And over time, I moved the food bowl from the alley to our driveway to the sidewalk to the steps of our house.
After a month or so, he’d let me sit in the driveway while he ate.

One day, he let me pet him. I had tried several times before, and he would run off, and I would worry that I wasn’t going to see him again.  And then we’d go back to me putting the dish down and going back in the house, and then slowly, he’d let me sit and watch him eat. We’d start over.

He took to following me around when I was outside.  And then one day, he walked into the house behind me. And he stayed.
He stayed another decade. He died of kidney failure when I was in college.
That’s Morrie and me. I’m rocking a mullet and a muscle shirt. It was the 80’s.
 I spent a spring and a summer getting to know him and not needing a thing from him.
I learned that he caught birds, not rodents.
He didn’t like a butt scratch.
He didn’t like it when people stomped their feet.
His energy was very clear and matter-of-fact. Not that I would have said energy at the time.
He was not the most affectionate of cats, but I always got the message that he really loved me.

Please understand, I couldn’t talk to animals then. If I had the ability when I was tiny, ( and really, I don’t remember), I didn’t have it as a tween.

But I could figure him out. Nearly every kid understands the energy of the animals around them. And once they learn not to pull tails or put fingers in ears, they know a lot about their animal friends.

You can get back to that place of knowing. You just have to relax, rest a hand on your pet and be there.  You can figure out their energy and then you can learn to talk with them. Anybody can. Of course you can.

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No One Believes They Can Talk To Animals (until they do it).

The very first time I tried to talk to an animal, I really tried. And I failed.

I had naturally done it the night before, in the middle of the night, when my dog Beaulah needed me.

But in the morning, no luck.

I squished up my face. I strained. Nothing. Beulah just looked at me, and fell back asleep.

It was another 9 months before that I heard another animal talk. A kitten that we were fostering had a very serious opinion about his name.

His words were clear as a bell, unmistakable.

I had no idea how I had heard them.

A few months later, I adopted an old horse, who was easy to hear, and spoke emphatically and often.  And in a couple of years, I had it figured out.

If you are concerned that you can’t talk to animals, you’re totally normal.

If you feel like you have no idea how you’re going to talk to animals, that’s totally okay.

The irony is that you already talk to animals. You always have been able to do it. And you’re probably not too bad at hearing either.

When it comes together, it feels so easy.  Remember learning to ride a bike or drive a stick-shift? Remember how hard it felt, how complicated it seemed?

And then you just started doing it, and now you can do it without even thinking about it. Animal communication is a lot like that. Almost exactly like that.

Riding a bike or driving a stick shift- it works so much better when you’re relaxed.  It’s so much easier if you settle into it.  Animal communication works the same way. It’s not about straining to hear. It’s all about very quietly, softly reaching out.

You can do this.

My next (and last) online class is starting May 6th.  Every Tuesday for six weeks, we’ll meet, learn, share and then talk with animals. You’ll learn how animal communication happens, how animals experience the world, and how you can be part of their world.

Between classes (held in a google + hangout),  we’ll meet and talk in our own private facebook group.

Each week, you’ll get another section of the Pets are Talking Intuitive Animal Communication Workbook, so that you can read along as I teach.  Each week’s hang-out will be recorded, so if you miss a class, you can stay caught up.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this class. And, whether you do or not,  I hope you’ll remember that ease is the key to success. Anything stronger than a light tension pulls us right off the path.  You can do this.

I can’t wait to open registration! I expect to open the registration page very very soon!

 

 

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It’s not so much the talking, it’s the listening

The new dog is in the back, Michelle texted. His name is Joplin.

I let Lexie, Katin and Emilio out of their kennels and while they danced around and ran down the hall, I went to the back to let out Joplin.

A little grey dog in a little red bandanna, Joplin was confused and a little scared.

I am not supposed to be here, he said.

I know. I said. This is temporary.

He sat on my lap and gave kisses. He sent me mental pictures of a nubbly wool couch, and the soft hands of a woman.

I don’t live in a cage. And I like these dogs, but I live in a house.

I know. I said. I know.

I volunteer for Dog Loco Rescue.

Dogs from a California shelter take a ride up to Portland, Oregon. Lori Stewart Corey and her volunteer staff care for these pooches until the right home is found.

These pooches know that they are dry and warm and fed. They get groomed and loved on. But still, if you’re used to a nubbly wool couch and a specific pair of soft hands, the shelter experience (even at really nice shelter) is weird.

So, the best thing that I can do, as an animal communicator is listen. And give context where I can.

There are people who are looking for a home for you. And I don’t know who you’re going to live with, but I know that they will be nice. It won’t be the home that you were in before, but it will be good.

He sighed, looked in my eyes, looked down at the crook of my elbow and licked it.

Then he got off my lap and wrestled Emilio.

That was a week ago.

Last night, I walked into the kennel, and Joplin was still there.

How are you doing?

I’m good. Did they find me a home yet?

Not that I know of. But I know they are still looking. You doing okay here?

Yes. Everybody is nice here.  Do you think it’s going to take a long time?

What is a long time to you? I asked.

He showed me the sun setting and coming up, and trees turning from green to orange.  He showed me a hot panting dog, and then a dog hiding from the rain.  It seemed like a long time.

No, I said, I think it will be a shortish time. 

I showed him dogs coming to play and dogs going home (they stay at a Lexi-Dog Doggie Daycare). I showed the sun going down and coming up, and the dogs coming back and playing again. I showed that a few more times.  I showed the weekend, when volunteers come in and walk the dogs, and play with them. I showed a few more weekends.

I said, I bet it’ll take about 3 weeks or so. Maybe longer. Do you know what a week is? 

Yes. 

He ran after a toy I tossed, and brought it back. He rolled on the floor and let Emilio jump on him.

It’s so good to see him feeling peaceful and hopeful, and just hanging out waiting for his new home!

You can read more about Joplin here.

PS- My last online Intuitive Animal Communication Course registration is going live tomorrow. Do you volunteer with animals? I’m going to have a special offer for you!

 

 

 

 

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