Most people, certainly the people that I work with, feel connected to their animals. Our connection to our animals can be different for each one, even though we love them all. For some people and a particular animal, the connection is deeper, more powerful, more heart filling. Dog people call a dog they feel this way about a “Heart Dog”. Of course, this term could just as easily apply to a cat, a horse, a bird or other animal. When I feel this connection between an animal and their person, it always feels similar to the “soul mate” connection that we sometimes get with a person. That is the kind of connection Kathy has with her beloved dog, Blackie.
The first time I spoke with Kathy and Blackie, she let me know that she’d previously worked with another communicator who was now retired. She said she had a strong connection with Blackie and understood him well, but she needed to be sure her intuition was right about the things that she was feeling were going on with him. She said there had been some recent changes in their lives and she needed to check on how Blackie was feeling about the changes.
The first thing Blackie said, after I connected to him was, “Tell her I love her SOOOOOOO much!” The connection Blackie showed me he had with Kathy was very deep, powerful and clear. Kathy said that Blackie was not very demonstrative about his affection, but she only had to look into his eyes to know it was true. I felt that they had been together in other life times and would be together in more after this one. Kathy confirmed the deep heart connection she had with Blackie.
Kathy told me that one of the reasons she chose to work with me was because I am a medical intuitive — “that is HUGE for me!” She said Blackie had some health issues previously and she wanted to know how he was feeling now. Blackie “pointed me” at his stomach, which felt very tense to me. It felt like the tension was stress related. Kathy said this made sense to her — Blackie had vomited a few days before and was drinking lots of water, which was a sign she recognized as symptoms of a tummy issue. When I asked Blackie what the stress/tension was about, he said, “Are we done moving?” My feeling was that Blackie and Kathy had moved several times in the last few years and that he hadn’t been particularly happy about some of the places they’d lived. Kathy confirmed that she and Blackie had moved more often than she would have liked in the last couple years, trying to find the right place for them.
Kathy asked me to tell Blackie how much she appreciated how well he adapted to the changes, adjustments and restrictions he’d experienced at the other places they’d lived. Blackie said, “It’s just what I had to do to stay with her — where else would I go?” That made us both laugh. Clearly, for Blackie, the most important thing was being with Kathy and he was willing to tolerate a lot to stay with her.
Blackie brought up his concern about moving again and I asked Kathy if there were plans to move again soon. She admitted that they would be moving, but only to the room next door — they were renting a room in a “family” house and had the opportunity to move next door to a bigger bedroom. I asked Blackie if this would be OK. He gave it some thought and showed me that the bigger bedroom had more light, which he liked. He also wanted to be sure that he would still have a “view” and could look out the window as he could in their current room. Kathy was a bit surprised that Blackie was concerned about having a view, but asked me to assure him that there were indeed more windows in the new room (which would provide more light) and that he would be able to see the “view” if he was lying on the bed. Blackie was happy to hear this and said he would just be glad when the moving was over!
Kathy wanted to be sure that Blackie liked the house they were living in now. Blackie told me he liked the energy of their new home. He showed me that the energy felt “lighter” and he liked being “high up” in the current house. He said that Kathy’s energy was better in their current home too — happier and more settled. I asked why being “high up” in the house was important to Blackie . . . he showed me that the last place they lived, they had below ground level rooms. He felt the energy there was “awful” — oppressive and dense. He felt uncomfortable there all the time — so much so that he didn’t even like to go into the space where they lived. Kathy confirmed that they had indeed lived in basement rooms and that Blackie’s description of the energy — and his reaction to it — was accurate. Kathy said she couldn’t wait to move out of the last place either and promised Blackie they would never live in basement rooms again, which made him very happy!
Being in a relatively new space for the two of them, there were are few things that Kathy needed to check on.
Kathy asked me to make sure that Blackie knew he could go anywhere in the house and didn’t have to stay in just their room and upstairs — he was free to go downstairs as well. My feeling was that in the past, Blackie had been restricted to just the area that “belonged” to Kathy. Blackie said, “You mean no more worries about one dog hair somewhere?” Kathy laughed when she heard this, saying, “He’s right — it was literally one or two hairs the person was upset about!” Kathy asked me to reassure Blackie that this would not be a problem where they were living now because the owner of the house had a dog and understood that dog hair was a part of life. Kathy would also continue to make sure to take care of his coat, just as she always had. I assured Blackie that he was allowed to go anywhere in the house — including downstairs. Blackie showed me that he did go downstairs, but mostly when Kathy was with him. He said that only upstairs had “their” energy — the rest of the house felt like it belonged to “others.” Blackie seemed tentative about going downstairs on his own, but he said he would try. Kathy confirmed that Blackie mainly went downstairs with her and said she would try to spend more time downstairs so that it would feel more like “their” space to him.
Another issue was the dog door. Kathy wanted to know how Blackie felt about using it. I asked Kathy to describe the type of dog door, so I could give Blackie an accurate picture of it. Their dog door had a raised lip that Blackie needed to step over. When I asked him about the dog door, Blackie made it clear that the lip was, in his opinion, “too high” — he felt he had to jump over it and he did not want to do that. When I told Kathy that, she couldn’t help laughing and said, “It’s not THAT high!” But after giving it some thought, Kathy realized that Blackie actually did have to jump down or up through the door because the step outside the door was well below the level of the door. Kathy said she understood and would continue to let Blackie out via the sliding glass door, which is what he preferred.
We’d covered all the questions related to the new house, but Kathy had other things she wanted to ask about too . . .
Kathy said she enjoyed taking walks and wanted to know how Blackie felt about the walks. His answer was a total surprise to us both. Blackie said that the walks were “BORING!” He was very emphatic! This made us both laugh — not very many dogs don’t enjoy a nice walk! Kathy told me that Blackie used to love their walks when they lived in the mountains, but that changed after they moved. Now on walks, Blackie would barely move and would only half heartedly sniff at things and kept trying to turn around and go home. Kathy understood that Blackie didn’t enjoy the walks, but thought it might be because he was nervous or didn’t like the area where they walked. “I would never have guessed he didn’t like walks because he was bored,” Kathy stated. Kathy really liked to walk and really liked to have Blackie come with her, so would he be willing to come with her on the walks? After giving it some thought, Blackie said, “Walks are BORING, but I will walk with her — but I’m doing it for HER!” Clearly, Blackie felt he was doing Kathy a favor by walking with her. I encouraged him to try to take an interest in sniffing and looking at the people and animals that they saw on the walks. He said he would try. Kathy asked me to thank Blackie for his effort to enjoy the walks, which he would do just for her.
Because of Blackie’s history of allergies and sensitivities, Kathy preferred to get information about Blackie’s health status direct from him. Kathy felt she was pretty good at “reading” him, but liked to get confirmation. When I asked Blackie about his general health, he showed me that he sometimes had discomfort — but not pain — in his hips, especially in the morning when he got up. Kathy asked me to tell Blackie that she’d be happy to give him a massage. Even before I fully conveyed the thought/image of Kathy massaging Blackie, he interrupted me and said, “OH NO — we don’t go there!” His reaction made us both laugh. I was surprised by his reaction, but Kathy wasn’t. She said she’d tried to massage Blackie in the past and he was very clear that he did not want it — not at all! Kathy wanted to see if he would accept energy work, like Reiki. Blackie said he did not want energy work either. He showed me that he was VERY sensitive to all the energy around him. It was very easy for him to get overloaded or overwhelmed with energy, so he avoided too much physical contact. Kathy said that this was true and it was only in the last year or so that Blackie had opened up to receive some petting. Kathy completely understood how he could get overwhelmed with energy because she was very energy sensitive herself.
The last thing that Kathy wanted to check on was Blackie’s food. When I asked Blackie if he liked the food Kathy was giving him, he was very clear — “My food is the BEST!” Kathy said that she prepares his food herself from scratch because Blackie has a history of food allergies. Some meats agree with his digestive system better than others and Kathy wanted to check to see what other meats might be OK for him. We asked about a variety of meats — I “felt” how Blackie’s body reacted to each one. We found that venison, lamb and duck were too “rich” for his system. Ground chuck was OK, but mixed ground beef (from different parts of the cow) was not. Elk was better than the mixed ground beef, but could be a problem.
I felt that some of Blackie’s digestive issues might be anxiety/nervousness related and suggested that Rescue Remedy might help. Kathy had given Rescue Remedy to Blackie in the past on a dog treat and she felt it was helpful to him. Unfortunately, with his food allergies, Blackie couldn’t have grain based treats any more. We talked about some options for giving him the Rescue Remedy and Kathy came up with the idea of mixing it with a small amount of quinoa, which he loves. We asked Blackie if he had any other suggestion for food treats — he showed me cubes of meat. Kathy thought that cutting meat cubes and freezing them would work well.
At the end of the session, Kathy said that everything that Blackie had told us made sense and confirmed what her intuition had told her and what she had observed with him.
Getting confirmation of what we feel is happening with our animals is very important. It helps us trust ourselves and our intuition more, while increasing the bond we have with our beloved animals — which is certainly the case with Blackie and Kathy!
Update: We’ve talked to Blackie several times since our first conversation. Since the move to the room next door, Blackie spends a lot of time lying on the bed looking out the window. He is also spending more time downstairs and loves to rest his chin on one of the window sills and watch the world go by. Walks are becoming more enjoyable to Blackie now too. He now goes all the way to the park, smelling every leaf along the way. Kathy reports that Blackie stands happily smelling the breeze, while Kathy sits on a bench in the shade. Walks are now enjoyable for both of them!
“Blackie and I found each OTHER and no matter the twists and turns on our joint path, we have been locked at the heart ever since. No matter how close we are or how well we understand or communicate with each other, Sky gave us the gift of an even deeper connection and love and we couldn’t be happier or more thankful. Sky is a keeper! Thank you!” — Kathy H., CO
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