animal communication

Mr. Squirrel Had a Message for Me

Mr. Squirrel Had a Message for Me

Sitting at my desk in my writing cottage late yesterday afternoon I watched out the window as Mr. Squirrel climbed from the window box planter, up the birch branch I have as decoration, and scored some peanut butter I have smothered on a pine cone hanging from a nub of the branch.  Which, ah-hem, Mr. Squirrel, is supposed to be for the birds.

The next time I looked up, there he was looking in the window at me.  I glanced at the pine cone. It was empty. It didn’t take much to realize he had an important message for me:

Hey Lady!  I need more peanut butter!  Hurry!

This morning when I pulled up the blinds in my bedroom with a perfect view of my writing cottage there on the deck railing sat the empty pine cone.

Thanks Mr. Squirrel for going the extra mile to take the pine cone down for me to re-fill it.

I hear you loud and clear!  But alas, you shall have to wait. I’m fresh out of peanut butter.


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Animal Communication is Real. Thank you Kuma the Cat.

I’ve certainly had signs from the other side of the veil from dogs in my life. And one that stays with me to this day as one of the most profound was when the shape of a water paw print appeared after the passing of my dachshund, Joie. I tell the story of this in my second memoir, Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s GiftI’m still in awe for this gift she sent me just when I needed it most.

Photo of water paw print from Joie

This is a sign one can’t simply dismiss or explain away. Though that isn’t always the case.

At times I have my doubts about animal communication. Not that I don’t believe it isn’t real, because I absolutely do. It’s really my own lack of self-confidence that can get in the way.

But a little over a week ago I got a huge boost of confidence in animal communication. I’d gone to a small shop in our town, “Two Fish Gallery” to pick up a gift for my mom. It’s my favorite shop in our small village.

For years they had a darling white and gray cat named Snarky. He was almost always around to greet the shoppers and also loved to sit in the sun in their colorful and beautiful gardens that surround the shop. But then he passed away about three years ago.

To set the background a bit here, I was in the shop this past spring and also right before Christmas. While there I hadn’t given thought to whether or not they’d gotten a new cat or not. But when I was in there recently, looking for a specific item to buy my mom, I silently wondered to myself if the owners had gotten a new cat.

I was standing at the counter where you check out, looking through a basket of fabric animals as I continued to wonder if they had a new cat. I then thought that if they did get a new cat I’d sure like to meet him or her.

Just then I looked up and past Pat the store owner who was sitting on a stool behind the counter, peering into what is part of their home as the shop is in front, and down the stairs came a cat!

I said quite excitedly, “You did get a new cat!” 

Pat said, “Yes, we’ve had him for about two years now. His name is Kuma which means Bear in Japanese.

Well Kuma, the caramel and black Siamese cat, glided every so beautifully toward Pat, by-passed him and came from around the counter and right over to me where he proceeded to rub his sweet self up against my legs.

I didn’t get a photo of Kuma, but this is a likeness – though Kuma is slimmer.

Now even more excited I said, “He heard me!”

Pat tried to dismiss it as just that Kuma is friendly, not really understanding what I was trying to convey as I explained how I just had thoughts moments before wondering if they had a new cat and how I’d love to meet him or her.

But I know Kuma heard me. All of the electric feelings vibrating through me couldn’t be denied. I wasn’t going to try to convince Pat and just decided to enjoy the moment in all its divine glory.

I knelt down by Kuma petting him and talking with him. Pat told me he loves to be picked up and I could hold him if I wanted.

Oh boy, did I!  He was just so adorable and handsome. When I picked him up, his deeply intense azure eyes looked right into mine. I wanted to take him home right there and then. I was smitten!

I said, “You heard me, didn’t you?” and he purred and purred.

I hated to leave that day as it was such a wonderful experience. But to seal the deal of our new friendship, Kuma walked me to the door…and right into my heart.

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How I Stopped Comparing My Dog Joie, to My Deceased Dog, Frankie

How I Stopped Comparing My Dog Joie, to My Deceased Dog, Frankie

Last week in celebration of the release of my new book, Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift I did my first ever live event on Facebook. I was quite nervous, but afterwards I received such wonderful feedback from many – it made it all very well worth it and I’m so glad I  took the plunge. If you didn’t have a chance to watch live, you can view the recording here.

But one question I got, which I think is important to expand on is this one from viewer, Sharon: “How did you resolve your issue of comparing Joie to Frankie?”

I do write about this in Wisdom Found in the Pause, but what I came to understand is that I had so closely tied my identity to Frankie and all my work with her, that when she died, I felt like I had lost my sense of purpose.  And we all know how so many of us search a for what seems a good long time to find our purpose – and many that feel they never find one.

Even though I’d been feeling this nudge to expand, I didn’t quite know what that looked like. So it felt more comfortable to think I’d continue to do what I’d always done, instead of marinating in the feelings I was experiencing that I was being called to end the chapter I defined as “Frankie.” While I truly wanted another special needs dachshund to love and care for, what wasn’t clear was how I was going to move forward now that Frankie was gone.

Many of you know I adopted Joie four months after Frankie’s passing and I was so happy to have a little one to care for again. As the days started to unfold I was having a hard time feeling a bond with her, or feeling deeply connected, like I had with Frankie.

What I did was reach out to my friend, Dawn, who is an animal communicator. She had helped me before with Frankie and I felt confident she could do the same with Joie.

While I don’t want to give it all away (and you can read more in my new book), it was during the reading with Dawn that I had the courage to admit I knew I was comparing Joie to Frankie.  It wasn’t that I was really doing it consciously, but rather subconsciously. And the issue was really all about me. I was having a hard time letting go of Frankie and what was. I needed to let things evolve organically with Joie and let her be her own dog. I truly wanted what was best for her and wanted more than anything for her to feel loved, safe and nurtured.

In many ways I owed this to Joie – but I also owed it to myself to see the truth of what was transpiring. And the beauty of one of the many gifts that Joie brought to my life. She helped me to see that I could let go and move forward – that I could expand on who I was and it would all be okay.

Every dog arrives in our lives to teach us something – arriving at just the right time – and I knew it was up to me to open myself fully to the lessons Joie was here to teach me, not only so she herself could live a happy and quality life while here – but that Frankie could rest in peace – and I could live more from the truth of who I am.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a link to auhtor, Jackie Bouchard’s blog, PoochSmooches. We did a recent Q & A about my book, Wisdom Found in the Pause, and one of the questions I enjoyed answering is this one:

  1. I really related to the quote from Sue Bender (p108) to “practice feeling good where you are.” I have to continually remind myself of the lesson from our angel Abby – to live in the moment. I think this is such a great lesson for everyone, no matter where you are in life. Can you expand on how you practice feeling good about where you are?

I hope you will stay tuned for my answer!

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