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[August 05, 2009]
Pet psychic says she can read their thoughts and feel their feelings
Aug 05, 2009 (McClatchy Newspapers - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) -- Ever wonder what your pet is trying to tell you? Do you wish you could read its mind? Holly Jacobs of Independence, Mo., is a pet psychic. She works with horses, cats, dogs and other animals for private owners and corporate clients such as Hallmark that hire animals.
___ Q: How does one become a pet psychic? A: I was born with the gift, so I've had it since I was a child. I use the term animal communicator.
Q: Are you also intuitive with people? A: Yes. But I prefer to work with pets. And not as many people communicate with pets.
Q: How did people react when you told them as a child about your abilities? A: It wasn't very popular back then. My parents would say, oh, you're just pretending that you're talking to the dog or the neighbor's horses.
Q: How do pets communicate with you? Do you hear words? A: Some of it you receive in pictures. It's really telepathic communication where you're reading thought forms back and forth. I can also _ with their permission _ feel what they are feeling physically and get into their emotions.
Q: How specific can the information be? Is it just, I'm having a good day or a bad day, or is it more than that? A: It can be real specific things.
Q: Can you give an example? A: One cat was having problems with missing the litter box, and when I got to the house and was asking the cat a few early questions, the cat interrupted me and told me it was not going to talk to me until I removed my shoes and placed them next to the sliding glass door. So I took off my shoes and told the owner what the cat had said, and the owner told me that because of her health problems she usually asks guests to remove their shoes, but she had just forgotten to ask me.
Q: When do people seek out your services? Do they just want to know more about their pet, or are they trying to solve a problem? A: Some are just curious to know more about what their pet is thinking, but others are having a behavioral issue or a health issue. Another common thing is people with elderly pets wanting to know if the pet is suffering and is ready for the suffering to end or not.
Another common situation is the family dynamics change, like a child that the pet always slept on a bed with goes off to college and the pet becomes depressed.
Q: In that situation, how can you do more than what the owner can do by just giving the pet more attention? A: No matter how attentive the owner is, the pet doesn't understand what happened. They feel abandoned. I communicate to the pet that it's a natural part of growing up and that it isn't that the child left them.
Another common scenario is people adopting or fostering rescued pets who seem to have anxiety triggers that nobody understands. They can communicate to me _ and it's often heartbreaking _ what happened to them in their previous situation.
Q: You're tearing up just talking about it. How much of an emotional toll does it take on you when animals communicate instances of mistreatment? A: Well, it's tough. But what makes up for it is the resilience of the animals. It's heartwarming to see how much they can overcome, how they can rise above it.
Q: Are dogs different to work with than cats? A: (Laughs.) Oh, yes, very. With dogs, you can start wherever you want. You can go straight to what the issue is. With cats, you can't do that.
Let's say a cat is missing the litter box. If you start by asking, I want to know why you're missing the litter box, they're like, that's what you want to talk about? See you later. So with a cat I start out, oh, gosh, what should I know about you? And then they'll tell me different things that they like to do or are proud of.
Q: What kinds of things are they proud of? A: I had one cat who was really proud of this thing she was doing with a dog. The dog had to be on a special diet with this food it didn't care for, so the dog would sit by where the cat was eating up on the counter and beg. So the cat would flip some morsels onto the floor for the dog. I relayed that to the owner, and she said the cat was clumsy and sometimes knocked over its bowl. Then the cat told me, I'm not clumsy, I'm doing that on purpose.
Q: What are horses like to communicate with? A: Horses are very sensitive, and they're very in tune with their people. They will know exactly if their person has a sore shoulder, sore back or a knee problem. They are really quite open. They are also gregarious, so what's important to them is their relationships with other horses as well as with their people.
A common question the people with horses ask is, what does the horse enjoy doing? One horse at age 31 could no longer be ridden, and he had taken up on his own the role of being the horse manager of the stable. So he told me to tell the horse next to him's person that that horse didn't want to go to shows any more. Then he told me that somebody went through the barn smoking, which isn't allowed.
Q: Do you ever find that owners are wrong about what they think their horse likes to do? A: Usually, especially if they ride the horse a lot, the owners are pretty in tune with what the horse likes. Where misunderstandings arise often is when owners think the horse is being stubborn, but the horse is scared or has a physical problem that hasn't been detected.
Q: Do you have any theories about why you can communicate with pets when most of us can't? I think everybody has a piece of that gift. I think mine is more developed because this is what I was meant to do.
Q: What's the best advice you can give to lay people who would like to better understand what their pets are feeling? A: Animals are extremely good at picking up on thoughts, which is why they often seem to know you are getting ready to take them to the park and they run toward the leash even though you didn't say a word. So I tell people, you can use that by forming pictures in your mind of what you want the animal to do as you are speaking to it.
If you have a dog that has separation anxiety, when you leave, go very quietly, but as you leave, imagine the dog watching you out the window and then walking back to the sofa and lying down. That will help.
___ Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Cindy Hoedel.
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