This past weekend Barret and I visited the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life in Hummelstown. He had such a great time meeting new people and other dogs! He was such a good boy!
Part of our visit was to see how he is going to do when he is an ambassador for Tripawds at The Pet Pantry’s Proud Pet Day on May 17th, 2014 at That Fish Place – That Pet Place. He’s going to be a delight! The only embarrassing thing he did was swim in the baby pool intended as a water dish for the other dogs. Oops!
One of the booths we stopped at had a local Pet Communicator or Psychic, Cynthia, doing readings. I thought, what the heck! Why not?
I thought I’d share my experience with you and I’d love to hear if any of you have ever spoken with a pet communicator. If you have, leave a comment and let me know what you took away from the experience.
The first thing she said to me when I sat down with Barret was that he had the youngest most innocent spirit she had ever met. He knows no pain, no anger, no sorrow. I have to say this is pretty spot on for my Barret. He is so trustful of almost everyone and just happy all the time. Even at five years old and down to only three legs, he bounces around like a twelve week old pup! He does not have an off-switch. She could tell that I was very attached to him and that his amputation had made us very close. This is totally true, and any other Tripawd mom will agree. There is no bond that can compare.
I didn’t have any specific questions for him, so I asked if she could sense anything about my pets at home. Amazingly, without me giving her any additional information she asked if I had a Brown dog only a little bit bigger than Barret. I said yes (Gatsby). She said that he’s vocal and appears aggressive towards other dogs sometimes. That’s kind-of true. It’s actually more true of Sara, who is also brown and white. I would be curious to know if she had Sara and Gatsby switched around. Everything she said about Gatsby seemed to fit Sara more than Gatsby.
She said that the brown dog was attacked when very young. He acts up to protect himself. It’s possible, He was 16 weeks when he came to our home. Sara could have been attacked in her previous home with all the other dogs in the home and the poor care she was receiving. She had some desensitization suggestions for this “Aggressive” dog (who I still think more fits Sara than Gatsby).
She asked if my other dog was lighter in color and if she had gained a lot of weight on me. I laughed, this description is clearly Sara. She is white and brown, and she is not fat! She is long-haired so she appears to be much heavier than her brothers. Only when we shave her can you tell that she has the same build as the other two; fit and trim. She said that this dog is the most attached to me and looks to me to guide everything and fix every problem. I can see this being true. She is skittish, but always looks to me to get her out of sticky situations. Gatsby is much more attached to my husband and Barret loves everyone.
Cynthia thought that Sara’s behaviors are exacerbated by Gatsby’s reactivity. Training him will help her reactions. I can see this too, often she doesn’t know what she’s barking at or even which direction the other dog is in but because Gatsby is carrying on, she will go berserk too.
Just as I was getting ready to leave she asked me if I sang to my dogs. I had to take a minute to think about it, but I said “No, I don’t do it intentionally if I do”. She laughed and said I’d smile the next time I did it, but that I should sing to them more. They really enjoy it. I thanked her and told her I’d see her on Proud Pet Day, I’m already looking forward to another reading.
Later that evening I was putting away laundry when I found myself singing, kind of, to Gatsby. Not a real song, just making a song out of his name “Gatsby Gatsby whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when the socks come for you!”. I did smile and laugh because I realized I do this all the time when I am alone with the dogs! I also will put music on and dance with them in the kitchen sometimes. I guess she was right! I just never did it consciously.
It’s so interesting, I can’t say I learned anything earth-shattering about my dogs, but it was fun to try. Plus, it was for a great charity and Barret had a great time.
If any of you have had experience with a pet communicator, please share your experiences below! I’d love to know if you’ve found anything out that changed the way you’ve cared or interacted with your pets. Any questions I should ask her when I see her in a few weeks?