I did it.
I hired an Animal Communicator – or as others my call them, an animal psychic! Call me crazy – call me weird – but boy it was fun and for some odd reason – I do feel more peaceful with my girls passing.
Communicating with pets after death is something I am sure most pet parents want to be able to do, but is it really possible?
It is important to note that this is an UNBIASED review of my experience with an animal communicator. I paid for her service because I wanted to experience what it was like to work with a dog communicator, I received nothing in return for writing this post.
What Is An Animal Communicator?
An animal communicator is a person who can understand an animal’s feelings, pain and experiences an animal has had. Other terms that they are commonly called are “animal psychics” or “animal mediums”. There are different types of animal communicators – some may only speak to animals that have passed while others speak with both deceased and live pets. Some do their readings in person while others – like my experience were done via the phone.
I know sounds crazy right?
Now, I would not call animal communication in general a scam, but I am sure there are a lot of people out there claiming to be dog or cat communicators…so while there are scammers out there who do it – I do want to believe that some pet communicators are in fact real.
That is why I am journaling this – so you can see my experience with a dog communicator I met at a pet industry trade show!
First, lets preface this with the fact I am a non-believer in the ability communicate with animals that have passed. Even so, I have been considering doing a reading since my dogs had passed because I felt lost not knowing how they are doing.
As some of my even more non-believing friends say – they are dead, there is nothing to know about how they are.
But I have always believed there was more than just this world — and my emotional being wanted to grasp on to something that may help me know more. I think this is something most pet parents can understand! I have read many books on after-life experiences and some of the stories are incredible and leave me feeling that this life is only a portion of what we will experience.
My Introduction To Terrie
I met Terrie of Terriepathic, at a pet show and could not pass up the opportunity to put her skills to the test! She was exhibiting at the show and running a special on an animal communication reading so I just could not pass it up.
She was so calming and there was just something about her that gave me a level of confidence in what she did.
She shared a story with me about the loss of her own pet, a gorgeous parrot named Daisy with whom she had her own spiritual communication after her passing.
Having lost 2 dogs in the course of just a few months – after over 14 years of friendship – was heartbreaking to say the least.
I wrote about my losses of Ginger and Riley and as most pet parents, think about them often. So after talking to Terrie – I was interested to learn more about this animal communicator/medium thing so decided to give it a shot.
The process I began to get my reading was pretty easy. I signed up and paid at the show – then a few days later she followed up with an email with some information she required to do the session, I completed that and sent it back.
As soon as I did that – I REMOVED both of my posts on this website about each of my girls that I linked to above! I wanted to make sure there was no way she could see all the personal details I wrote about them. My Facebook page is also pretty tight to those that are not friends so she would not find much there either – and given they passed 1-2 years ago she would spend way too much time looking back anyway!
Then I waited.
Then the email came – “I am ready to tell you what your girls said”!
I was doing a happy dance all weekend waiting not so patiently to hear from my girls.
The Call – My Questions
When I submitted my paperwork it was recommended I ask 4-6 questions that she could ask my girls.
I will note those below with the response for each that she was able to get – as well as notes to clarify some interesting points about the responses.
1) Are my girls together in spirit?
They were for a VERY short time. Riley was in spirit until Ginger met her – but then they moved on to go back in body with other waiting vessels!
2) Are they mad at me for letting them go?
Absolutely positively not was the response on this one from both my girls!
(note: THIS IS WHERE THE TEARS STARTED FLOWING! I do not know why – but boy did this give me such a sense of relief! Having to make the difficult decision to put both down was heart wrenching, and I still second guess myself on this daily. Was there more that could have been done? Did I not try hard enough? I am sure some of you can relate! )
3) Were they suffering and I did not know it while they were still alive?
Ginger noted while not suffering – she was in a lot of pain in her lower back area.
(note: Ginger was having a lot of trouble walking in the days leading up to her passing – in fact the day we put her down, she fell over when trying to pee and could not stand on her own.)
Riley stated she was having a lot of trouble with her breathing and pain in her chest.
(note: Riley had Cushing’s disease where breathing issues and lung related issues are common. We were doing more frequent vet visits at the end of her life to monitor things, but I guess it was not enough. The day we put her to sleep, she collapsed in the kitchen with some very labored stressful breathing.)
4) Did they send Cleo to me? (Cleo is a pittie that found me on Facebook a few months after Ginger passed)
While they did not “send” Cleo to me – it turns out that Ginger chose Cleo’s body as a vessel for her spirit! She told Terrie that she loved us so much and was waiting for the opportunity to come back – and Cleo was it. ****** MIND BLOWN HERE – I NOTE WHY IN MY CLEO SECTION BELOW *********
Riley is now in a new body as well and is very happy where she is and has a good life. This warms my heart.
5) Do they do anything to let me know they are nearby?
Well, of course Ginger is with me all the time now! Riley noted she sends me signs when I am outside – but she did not clarify what that sign is.
(note: After my reading I went outside with my girl Cleo to play some ball. I said out load “Riley if you are here with me and do send signs, send one now so I know it is you!” — be damn about 2 minutes later a little yellow Monarch butterfly flew right in front of me. Chance encounter or spiritual note? I do not know. But it is only April here – and Monarch butterflies are rare this time of year.)
6) Are they with the bunnies?
She noted that when they were in spirit phase – they were with our bunnies that also passed a year or two before. She said the dogs were very happy to see the bunnies, but they were only together a short time.
The Call – Her Added Notes
When we started the phone call there were a few things she stated that did kind of floor me! I am going to outline all her other call notes below.
THE GREETING – The first thing Terrie told me is how Ginger could not wait to talk to me! She said they were both very talkative, but it was Ginger that took that first step – like she was sitting there waiting for her to come to talk to her. She said Ginger could not wait to tell me how much she loved her family and what a happy dog she was.
(note: This I found funny because it was always Ginger that kind of led the way when it came to greetings. She was a people pleaser — and wanted to say hi first. Riley always kind of dragged up the rear! )
ABOUT GINGER – She stated Ginger had a complete and overwhelming essence of love for us. She said she was sweet, wanted to make sure everyone was OK and was sensitive. She told Terrie that the only time she was unhappy is when there was yelling or raising of voices.
(note: What is interesting here is the fact that she NAILED Ginger’s personality. For anyone who has met her – they will agree. The second interesting point here is that my husband and I went through a difficult time – and there was in fact a bit of yelling going on. I feel guilty now that it affected her that way. )
ABOUT RILEY – She stated that Riley was sassy, the leader of the 2 of them and loved the outdoors. She said she was a fun girl with a fun and free-spirited personality.
(note: Again – she NAILED it here. We actually used to call Riley our “pain in the ass” and noted she was always about her herself and was very much one that went by her own tune. Listening was not one of her better skills!)
The Cleo Story
Terrie telling me that Ginger’s spirit is in Cleo’s body – really did amaze me, but did not surprise me! Cleo came across my Facebook stream August 4, 2016 – and you can see why I was drawn to her instantly in the picture that crossed my path. I was not really 100% ready for a new addition given I had just lost Ginger in March, but this girl had me.
She looked like the saddest dog in the world – she was filthy, had clearly been used for breeding and was about 20 pounds underweight. She was scared of the world.
I took a ride up to the shelter with the intension of pulling her to foster her back to health! I never wanted to keep her because I really wanted a senior dog and I knew she was younger than I really wanted.
Apparently something bigger out there had a different plan for me – and for her.
When I got to the shelter I met a TERRIFIED dog who had to be carried out to me. She would not walk on her own, kept her head down and just looked like she wanted to give up. It broke my heart.
When we got home – it took a while for her to come around but there were things we noticed within a day or 2 of her arriving that we just thought was super weird for a stray dog…and when the dog communicator mentioned Ginger “taking over” Cleo’s spirit – these are the reasons I became a believer:
- She never jumped on the couches – ever. Our dogs were never allowed on the couch.
- From night one – she slept with me in my bedroom on her own bed right by my bed. Our dogs were not allowed on the bed.
- When we would give her a cookie – which were kept in the kitchen – she would take the cookie and run into our family room and eat it on the carpet, just like Ginger and Riley always did.
- She found the food and water bowls before we even showed her <——- this we thought was incredibly weird!
- When she snuggles with me – she buries her head in my armpit, just like Ginger always did.
- From our first walk – she was able to walk off leash and would stay by my side. Not exaggerating here!
The above are the more prevalent traits we thought were such strong reminders of our Gingersnap! You can see Cleo as she is now – her first Easter with us as our FOSTER FAIL!
She is a member of our family now – because we just felt there was something so incredibly special about her – and according to Terrie, we were right! I loved my girls immensely – but have such a different and stronger relationship with Cleo.
I have said many times Cleo is my “soul dog” – now it all makes sense.
Animal Spirits – What I Learned
Because of this revelation about Ginger choosing Cleo’s body as a vessel – I asked if spirits can always choose where they want to go. She said Ginger specifically chose Cleo because she wanted so badly to come back to us because of her overwhelming love for us. Spirits can choose where they want to go if that physical vessel has a spirit that is willing to leave!
So if the spirit that was in Cleo did not want to go – Ginger could not have entered.
I asked about Riley – and if we got another dog would Riley try to inhabit that dog’s body? Terrie said she COULD, but it would be unlikely because Riley is happy where she is.
I asked why dogs choose certain vessels? She said because sometimes they have a “mission”. So for example Riley may have saw something the family she is with needed that she could help them with – and she would not want to leave until that mission is accomplished.
I find this all incredibly interesting and do plan on reading more studies and research on this – for people and animals!
Real or Scam?
I have to say overall I am pretty impressed with what happened with this. While I definitely do not think this is a scam — I am not 100% convinced just yet that it is truly real either. But I am skeptic by nature and torn between what I WANT to believe versus the reality of what may or may not be true.
There were definitely a lot of details that give me a lot of reason to believe in these medium abilities!
Our next attempt at animal communication!
I will be doing another session soon with Terrie to see if we can get some help with Cleo. I do not want to elaborate here on her specific issues, but stay tuned for a part 2 post.
Have You Tried A Psychic or Medium To Communicate With Your Pet?
We would LOVE to hear your stories or experiences with this! Are you a believer or think this is all just a big giant scam?
Imagine Being Able To Communicate With Your Pet!
Terrie came out with a book about how you can improve your relationship with your dog to better understand their wants and needs. I was able to get a copy from Terrie and have to say it is definitely inspiring and will allow you to see people – and pets in a different way.
If animal communication is a topic you are curious about then “If You Knew Their Thoughts” is a great read!
You can visit her Terrie’s website at: http://terriepathic.com/