Sometimes I wish Chester and Gretel knew how to speak human-ese so they could tell me what they are thinking. Instead I am left trying to infer meaning from their body language. It’s totally a guessing game.
Do those kisses mean that Gretel loves me or just that it’s dinner time? Does Chester’s starting and grumping mean he wants you to cover him with blankets or that he needs to go potty? And what about Gretel’s anxiety? Was it simply that she was not properly socialized or did something traumatic happen to her before the dog flipper sold her to the people who later surrendered her to a rescue?
I recently met an animal communicator named Karen. I had heard of animal communicators before but wasn’t really sure what they did.
Karen explained to me that animals communicate with each other using body language and telepathy – sending words, feelings or pictures by “thinking” them. Some humans, whether it be through a “gift”, intuition, or training, can receive and send telepathic signals. Some people have learned to do this with animals.
People use animal communicators for several reasons: tocheck in on their pet’s health; to seek an explanation for a recent behavior change; to help communicate with their pets when they bring a new pet or baby home; to help locate their lost pet; to reconnect; or address unanswered questions with a deceased pet.
I don’t believe I can communicate telepathically (I can sometimes pick up on what other people are thinking but certainly not Chester and Gretel) but I have an open mind and believe that other people may have the ability to do so. I thought I would try a session with an animal communicator to see what I thought. If nothing else, it would be fun to imagine I knew what Chester and Gretel were really thinking.
What Did Chester Have to Say?
Karen came to my house to communicate with Chester first. We discussed a few questions I had for him and then she sat still and closed her eyes. During that time she connected with Chester and had a mental conversation with him. Afterward, we discussed what she had learned. Some of what she said made sense based on his personality and some things were new and insightful.
Chester told her that “I am kind of the King but they don’t seem to recognize that”. That is funny because, although Gretel is needy, Chester certainly does have an aloof and superior air about him. I also suspect that he thinks his human parents aren’t very bright. I bet Karen was right when she said that Chester feels like he is not served as much as he would like to be!
Chester said that it was no accident that he ended up coming with me when my roommate (his original owner) and I moved apart. He thinks that he was meant to be in my life to be my teacher and Gretel’s teacher after she came to live with us. I do believe that things happen for a reason, and know that him being in the household as a “mentor” was one of the primary reasons that the rescue chose us as Gretel’s forever home.
Chester said he is spoiled but he misses going places with me like he used to. I used to take him EVERYWHERE when I was younger and always gallivanting around. It’s often Gretel that goes with me now when I only take one dog. Maybe I should re-think that. Chester is such a good boy (oh, you can be sure that he threw that one in there too but he said “very”) and I miss the ease of being out in public with just him.
I had asked Karen why in the heck he barks so much. It’s annoying. Lately it doesn’t seem to matter if the “knocking” is me closing a cupboard or the UPS guy is coming up the steps – he goes absolutely nuts. I was concerned it had to do with this old eyes or ears failing him (even thought the vet has checked him out and found nothing amiss). Nope, Karen said he told her that he barks so much just because he likes to me heard. It’s also a bit of a game for him because he doesn’t quite believe that no one is there and likes me to jump up and open the door to show him (he sure has me trained).
What Did Gretel Have to Say?
Karen came back a second time to talk to Gretel. Gretel said that her life started out in a happy place where she was being groomed or prepared for something and then an accident happened that upended her life. Karen couldn’t tell if the “accident” was an illness, death, or injury but Gretel had to leave her home after it happened and things got bad for her.
The dog flipper that eventually got her and sold her for a profit was getting free dogs, and preying on people in unfortunate situations, on Craigslist to sell. Perhaps Gretel’s first owner, or family members of that owner, were reaching out to people on Craigslist to rehome her and the dog-flipper snatched her up.
The “grooming” thing made me hopeful that Gretel came from a breeder and not a puppy mill but I have serious doubts. She was clearly not socialized well when she was young and every reputable breeder I know puts in tireless effort to make sure their puppies are well adjusted and socialized. So where she came from will remain a mystery but Karen did tell me that Gretel is so needy because she is afraid something bad will happen and she will have to leave our happy home – waiting for the other shoe to drop as the saying goes.
Gretel told Karen that she is very smart and likes to be appreciated for her beauty. She felt like that was taken from her when she had to leave her home after the accident. She wishes she had more opportunities to show us how smart she is. After our nosework class fell through I have been making lame attempts to use nosework principles to challenge her around the house. I feel like the more that I challenge her the more she “rises to the occasion” and uses her thinking cap to figure things out. I WANT to see how smart she is because, so far, I haven’t found any limits. I am going to look for bigger and bigger challenges for her.
Anyway, my verdict on the whole animal communicator thing is that it is worth a try. Each communicator has a different style and “accuracy level” I am sure but I think it is valuable whether you are just doing it for fun or you believe wholeheartedly that certain people can communicate directly with animals. It’s something that would make a unique gift for the animal lover in your life too.
What do you think your dog is thinking? Have you ever used an animal communicator?