My parents were not pet people. When I was young, we had rabbits named Bandit and Snowball, and they lived outside in a hutch behind the house. When it got too cold or hot, we would bring them into the basement, but they were pretty much outdoor pets. Whenever I went to someone’s house who had a pet, I would almost completely ignore the people and play with their pets. I loved going to my Aunt Isabelle’s house because she had a chihuahua named Rosie. And my Aunt Jane and Uncle Bill had a beautiful calico cat named Zsa Zsa, but she was pretty aloof. She became very aloof, however, when my aunt and uncle brought home a weimaraner puppy, whom they named Arnie. Arnie quickly grew into his huge puppy paws and was ultimately the size of a Shetland pony. They kept him in the garage when they were away from the house until the day he chewed through a snow tire.
My first real pet was a kitten named Sheba, who entered my life after I had graduated college. My husband called me at work and said a coworker had brought in a box of kittens. We needed a kitten like another hole in the head, and it also meant violating our lease, but hearts quickly prevailed over reason, logic, and legality, and Sheba became my first cat. She was a cream and white tabby, with a huge puffy tail and a loud purr. I was hooked.
That was around 1986. Since then, I’ve been owned by a parade of animals, mostly cats: Merlin, Gandalf, Sid, Patches, Mika, and Zack, who still lives with me as the elder statesman of the house. I also had the extreme pleasure of spending ten wonderful years with Mandy the Wonder Dog. Our beautiful, loving golden retriever made our house a home, and all of our pets combined to teach my children about empathy, compassion, and selflessness.
I took an animal communication class with a wonderful woman named Cindy Richardson in Escondido, CA (read her story at chatswithanimals.com). She taught me how to open up to animals, and to trust what I was hearing and seeing. A few days after the class, I was able to talk to my neighbor’s desert tortoise. He was a rather intimidating looking fellow, and when I asked if I could speak to him, he replied with a British accent! I knew I wasn’t imagining that!
My kitty Merlin was the first pet to talk to me after he had passed. I had been attuned for Reiki, and I was practicing sending to everyone I could think of. I thought of my sweet Merlin and began to send Reiki to him, and I immediately felt this huge rush of love and emotion sweeping up from my feet to my head. “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” I heard in my head and FELT in my body, and the relief and joy and love in his energy made me weep. Merlin and I had been together for 16 years and I missed him so much, and we were both overjoyed to make this wonderful connection.
You know how life has a way of intervening when you’re making other plans? I soon became the primary caregiver for my wonderful elderly in-laws when their health issues began to escalate. I also had two active children and a husband who worked long hours. Animal communication began to take a back seat to the needs of my family. We had a very tough year in 2007, when we lost Mandy, Sid, Patches, and my father-in-law. A few years later, my marriage failed. In September 2013, in the midst of divorce mediation, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2014, I lost my mother-in-law, one of my best friends, and an elderly cousin with whom I was very close. It was a very tough time. But with the help of my friends, my family, Reiki, ThetaHealing™, acupuncture, and Spirit, I made it through everything.
Cancer surgery and extensive treatment took almost a year, and it took me about a year to recover from treatment itself. When I finally had my energy (and my hair!) back, in 2018, I had three breast reconstruction surgeries, AND my daughter got married to a wonderful man.
Toward the end of 2018, I began working with Amanda Marie Masters, a dear friend who is an amazing channel of Spirit, ascended masters, and Spirit guides (amandamariemasters.com/). She is also a mind alchemist who has guided me with loving wisdom on a journey of self-discovery to a place of such mental clarity, that I knew what my next step in life was going to be. I was going to return what I had started years before: animal communication. I was going to help land and sea animals, plants, trees, and Mother Earth herself. It became so beautifully clear, it was a relief.