Monday, February 13, 2017

9 Benefits of offering Animal Reiki to your Pet

Blocked and unbalanced energy in your pet can lead to increased stress and illness.


Reiki works by bringing about a deep relaxation response. 


By increasing relaxation, Reiki promotes healing while decreasing stress, pain, and anxiety in your animal companions.


Holistic by nature, Reiki helps with all aspects of your animal's being, whether it's physical, emotional, mental, behavioral or spiritual. One of the best aspects of Reiki is it can do no harm and safely complements all healing modalities whether they are holistic or Western that you may be using under the supervision of your veterinarian.**


Sabrina Renee loves receiving Reiki from Cathy

There are many benefits to offering Reiki to your animal family including:


  1. Reiki can be offered in-person or from a distance so your pet can receive Reiki in their homes or where ever they feel comfortable and safe. This facilitates helping pets enter into a deep relaxation space where innate healing begins.
  2. Animals, no matter their species, intuitively trust, understand and respond to Reiki.
  3. Animals with behaviorally-based issues like reducing fear, anxiety, aggression, depression can benefit from regular Reiki treatments. 
  4. Holistic by nature, offering on-going Reiki treatments promotes balance and harmony in your pet's life. When pets feel peaceful it adds to their happiness.
  5. Offering Reiki when you're on vacation or go out of town helps your animal family to stay calm and relaxed. It also reinforces to them that you're always connected to them and will return home.
  6. Surgery and other veterinarian procedures can be stressful for your pet. Reiki supports your animal by helping them to stay calm and relaxed. 
  7. Regular Reiki treatments help pets cope and deal with acute and chronic illnesses. 
  8. Reiki supports animals who are in hospice care and throughout the dying process. 
  9. All species, including those who have returned home to Spirit, benefit from receiving Reiki. 

Cathy offering Reiki to Honey

Of course, there are many more benefits to regular Animal Reiki treatments besides the ones I mentioned.

Interested in learning more about Animal Reiki?


CLICK HERE or email me to schedule a Reiki treatment or for more information


**Disclaimer: Animal Reiki is never a substitute for veterinarian care. If you feel your pet isn't well, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Feeling Guilty While Caring for My Senior Dog -- Guest Blog Post by Lisa Spector

Being a caregiver for your pet, no matter what their age, is challenging physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It's exhausting taking care of your senior animal, even though you're happy to love and support your senior friend. Caregiving sometimes creates feelings that may surprise you including frustration, anxiety, anger and even guilt.


Talking with your pet can give your insight, support, and guidance in ways that may be totally unexpected yet welcomed. 

Lisa Spector's Animal Muses' Sanchez and Gina

Lisa Spector, creator of the music and sound therapy series Through A Dog's Ear and Through A Cat's Ear, recently reached out to me for guidance when she was feeling guilty about leaving her senior dog, Sanchez. 

Here is Lisa's guest post about her experience talking with Sanchez and how it helped alleviate her guilt about leaving him.

Feeling Guilty While Caring for My Senior Dog by Lisa Spector, Guest Blogger

Lisa Spector's Lab, Sanchez

My 13 and 1/2-year-old yellow Lab, Sanchez, has been recovering from an E. coli infection. It was touch and go for awhile. While I was waiting for his lab results to come back after a few weeks of treatment, I didn’t know whether he just needed a diet change or if it was to be our final days together. I was on a complete emotional roller coaster.

Truthfully, his care was really hard. I didn’t know how much more I could endure of making all of his meals, giving him subcutaneous fluids daily, and barely leaving the house in case he needed my help.

I had already decided I wouldn’t take any measures to prolong his life if his quality of life wasn’t likely to improve. But, I had to figure out how to get myself off of this emotional roller coaster.

I was trying to communicate with Sanchez to find out what he really wanted, but I felt too unsteady like I was on rocky ground. I wasn’t trusting myself. I decided to reach out to Animal Communicator, Cathy Malkin, whom I've known since taking her beginning level animal communication class when Sanchez was a young dog.

On the phone, I updated Cathy on Sanchez’s health and was stopped dead in my tracks when Cathy said,

“Lisa, you have to remember that your quality of life is just as important as his.”

In all honesty, I hadn’t considered my quality of life. Caring for senior dogs is not for the faint of heart. But I signed up for the long haul when I adopted him as s a youngster. And I’m one of the lucky ones. 13 and a half is a long life for a large Lab.

Sanchez Loves Lisa
It’s hard for me to admit, but in all honesty, I felt guilty when I sometimes thought about how much easier my life would be if I only had Gina to take care for. I craved our old lifestyle when Sanchez so willingly went for walks with us and enjoyed a very mobile lifestyle. On top of those feelings, I had some important trips coming up, and I didn’t know how I was going to leave Sanchez in someone else’s care, given his current state.

I’ve been through it before, so I know how painful and simultaneously precious the end of life is with our beloved dogs. I don’t want to miss that time with Sanchez. And, I’d rather choose to be a week early on that decision than a day late. But, how could I make that decision based on my lifestyle needs and travel schedule?

The truth is that caring for him in such a tender state has increased our bond and strengthened our relationship. It’s been hard, but it’s time that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I feel more connected to him than ever.

Cathy advised me to take care of myself, take my trips, and say good-bye to Sanchez before I left, just in case he needed my permission to pass when I was gone. While she didn’t tell me that would happen, I actually felt somewhat relieved of responsibility knowing that I could leave him knowing that he would do what was best for him.

Fortunately, Sanchez showed me that it’s just not his time yet. I’m very happy to report that he is on a complete trajectory of improved health. Not only were his lab results very encouraging, but he’s back to his normal weight again, getting out of the house more (as am I), going for short walks, asking for tummy rubs many times a day, giving kisses again, and chewing on dog bones (and even went digging for one outside). He’s now back to his old normal self.

I’m eternally grateful for his recovery and renewed health. And, I’m well aware that every day with him is a gift. I know it’s only a matter of time before I have to re-consider both of our lifestyles if his health fails again. But, for now, he’s reminding me to be present and enjoy our time together. I even took him to the ocean this weekend and let him sniff everything in sight.

Attaboy Sanchez!

Sanchez relaxes with his iCalm Dog 3.0 sound machine

Shortly after we talked with Sanchez, Lisa wrote: 
I drove Sanchez to the ocean on Friday. It was our first trip there in awhile. He definitely is slowing down more now, and he wasn’t quite himself today, just slower and less engaged. It’s the first day in months that he didn’t ask for a tummy rub. But, his appetite was strong. So, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

A few days later, Lisa updated me on Sanchez's health and how his eldercare was going:

Sanchez is doing better now. I realized Monday morning that it was his neck that was bothering him, from an old injury - slipped disc from 4 years ago. I got him to the vet today for an acupuncture treatment and he's now back to his old normal self. He’s quite the miracle dog!

I have to agree that Sanchez, with Lisa's love and support, is doing remarkably well especially for a senior dog. Way to go, Sanchez and Lisa! I'm proud of you both.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Animal Communication and Reiki Brings Hope to Dying Dog

When combined, telepathic Animal Communication and Reiki form a wonderful partnership that can help animals in remarkable ways. Hearing your pet’s “voice” and offering Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) allows you to work in cooperation with your companion animal as well as bringing hope despite a terminal prognosis.

A good example of how Animal Communication and Animal Reiki work together was when my sister, Stefani, received the devastating news that her eleven-and-a-half-year-old rescued Keeshond, Mugsy, was terminally ill from a failing gallbladder.

From the moment Mugsy bounced into our lives with a rubber basketball in his mouth, I frequently communicated with him from California where I lived given he lived in New York with my sister and her family.

Mugsy the Keeshond came from a horrific puppy mill to change my family's life.

After receiving the devastating diagnosis that he was suffering from irreversible gallbladder disease, Stefani depended on regular telepathic communication with my assistance to validate what she was sensing and feeling from Mugsy.

Besides Animal Communication, frequent Reiki treatments also became a valuable part of Mugsy overall hospice plan.

Kathleen PrasadPresident of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association and my Animal Reiki Teacher, explains that “Reiki helps us to connect more deeply with the animals we love. Within this energetic connection, we often understand more fully what they are going through or how they are feeling. This can be a great support in communication.”

When Mugsy’s veterinarian suggested Stefani consult with a surgeon about the possibility of surgically removing Mugsy’s gallbladder, Stefani didn’t know what to think, feel or do. She loved Mugsy with her entire heart and wanted to give him the best shot at life. Her gut told her that surgery wasn’t the right option for Mugsy due to his age. Plus she couldn’t shake the vision of Mugsy dying on the operating table. Neither could Mugsy.

Stefani felt it was important to know how Mugsy felt about the surgery. If he had said yes, she would have been surprised given his fear at the veterinarian.

When I asked Mugsy telepathically what he’d like do, he sweetly replied, “While I’m not afraid of dying, I am scared I will die while in surgery. I want my beloved Stefani by my side when I transition. Therefore, I’m willing to forgo surgery and wait it out until my gallbladder fails, if Stefani is on board with me.”

When I conveyed Mugsy's message to Stefani, she felt a huge sense of relief. She said it felt like a huge burden had been lifted because Mugsy’s words validated her strong intuition about surgery. Once Stefani felt she was on the same page as her dog about his treatment options and subsequent hospice care, a wave of calm washed over Stefani and Mugsy.

“Communication with Mugsy was paramount in helping me feel less anxious and stressed about his deteriorating health. This, in turn, helped Mugsy to feel safe and supported so he could enjoy whatever time he had with us,” Stefani explained.

Mugsy is my "Fuzzy Nephew" and Angel Dog

For the next few months, I offered Mugsy Reiki on an as-needed basis. As his disease progressed, he received more frequent treatments. After each treatment, Stefani reported that Mugsy seemed more relaxed. She seemed surprised when he'd perk up and become more animated. He even walked with a spring in his step that was noticeably absent before receiving Reiki. He approached his daily walks with more enthusiasm and seemingly less pain. Mugsy, a true “chow hound,” consistently exhibited an increased appetite after each Reiki treatment which contributed to him feeling better overall.

Stefani said, “Reiki gave me hope and something positive I could offer Mugsy when I felt anxious and hopeless about his future. This was especially true when my Mugs was having a bad day.”
One of the hardest aspects of Mugsy’s illness was the fact that no one knew when his gallbladder would fail, which produced tremendous anxiety for my sister and me. The vet’s diagnosis made it clear his gallbladder was a ticking time bomb since it was only a matter of time before it would rupture and end his life.

Mugsy’s regular Reiki treatments, while not a cure, did bring more balance and peace to Stefani and Mugsy during his long eight-month journey receiving hospice care.

Stefani credits both the Animal Communication and Animal Reiki for bringing more peace and understanding throughout Mugsy’s life, his illness, hospice care and dying process.

I feel honored to know Mugsy. He was an amazing dog who came from auspicious beginnings, at one of the worst puppy mills in New York state, to becoming a dear friend and valued family member. Despite being In Spirit, I continue to communicate with Mugsy.



This is a collage I made through my tears when I heard that Mugsy had transitioned.

Thankfully my sister and her family were not dogless for long. Within a few days of Mugsy's departure, our family was blessed with another bouncing Keeshond, Fozzie Bear.


Fozzie Bear arrived after Mugsy soared with the Angels.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grandpa the Tortoise Turning 106 Years Old!

In a past blog post, I talked about my oldest living client, Grandpa the Giant Tortoise. (Click Here to Read Grandpa's Story).

I recently checked in with Grandpa with his person, Carolyn. When the subject of Grandpa came up during her consultation, Carolyn exclaimed, "I can't believe Grandpa is turning 106 years old soon. I have to admit, it's pretty amazing that he's been alive for over a century and still going strong. I bet he'll out live me for sure!"


Grandpa the Giant Tortoise enjoying a succulent 

I asked Carolyn how Grandpa's hibernation was going since reptiles hibernate during the colder months of the year.

Carolyn replied, "I recently learned that Grandpa is in brumation, not hibernation."

"Brumation?" I inquired. What's that? I've never heard the term."

Carolyn explained, "It turns out that reptiles, like Grandpa, brumate while mammals hibernate. A brumating reptile can be lethargic and may move around a bit. A mammal, like a chipmunk, will sleep without interruption."

"Is Grandpa brumating behind the toilet like he's done in previous years," I asked.

"No. I decided to put Grandpa in a shoebox in the garage because flushing the toilet was disturbing him. "

Grandpa communicated to me that he was happy with Carolyn's decision to put him in the garage. He mused, "I'm enjoying my brumation in my shoebox without the whoosh of the flushing toilet. It's peaceful and quiet."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Animal Communicator Helps Rabbit Die with Dignity

When my long-time client, Connie called me, I could hear in her voice that something was up and it didn't sound like it was good news. Through her tears, Connie explained that her rabbit, Carter, wasn't doing well due to his severe arthritis and several bulging discs. Despite her best efforts to keep Carter comfortable and happy, he could no longer hop because he had just lost control over his back legs.

Carter
Connie needed me to ask Carter if he was ready to transition and if she could assist him at home with euthanasia. She confessed, "It's so hard watching him struggle. I can't let him live like this. And he's just getting worse."

When I "tuned in" to Carter telepathically, I immediately felt severe pain radiating throughout his body. I also sensed he felt disoriented, nauseated and dizzy.*

Carter communicated, "As much as I never want to leave my body, my body can no longer support my Spirit. I know it's my time. I'm a bunny and I need to hop. Please let Connie know that it's ok to assist me and that I love her very much."

When I shared Carter's answer with Connie, she said, "As much as I don't want to say "goodbye" to him, I'm relieved by your answer. Thank you for validating what I'm feeling. Knowing this takes a huge burden off my shoulders. I'll call the vet as soon as we hang up."

I asked Connie to let me know when the veterinarian was coming to her home so I could tell Carter and offer him Reiki to ease his transition.

Later that afternoon, I received the following from Connie, "The vet is coming tonight around 6:30 or 7. Would you like me to let you know just before we give him the sedative if I can remember?"

Carter the day he went home to Spirit
I replied, "Not necessary. Focus on Carter and all your love for each other. He says he's grateful for his happy life and the amazing gift you're about to give him--freedom from his suffering. Sending both of you big hugs and lots of love."

After Carter was euthanized, Connie wrote, "The vet came over and Carter went to sleep peacefully. I sat with him on the couch for 3 hours and petted him and gave him treats. Thank you so much for giving me the confirmation and support that it was the right decision and right time. It made it so much easier for me to let him go. 🐰🙏"

I responded, "I'm honored to help you both. Carter says his Spirit is now soaring with the Angels and is free from suffering. He'll see you in your dreams. My heartfelt condolences. 💖"

A couple of days after euthanizing Carter, I received a distressed called from Connie. She was crying, "I'm haunted by the thought that I didn't euthanize Carter soon enough. I'm worried that I prolonged his suffering. How could I have waited so long? Why didn't I reach out to you as soon as I recognized how quickly his health had declined. I feel guilty that I continued his treatments that required long drives in the car. What was I thinking"

When I communicated with Carter about Connie's concerned, he replied, "Tell her that she didn't wait too long to euthanize me. I wasn't ready to transition until the day before she called you. A part of me was hopeful that I would get better. Once I lost my ability to hop, I knew my quality of life was gone. The thought of living without hopping was too much to bear. Now I am free of my suffering."

When I conveyed Carter's message to Connie, she felt a huge sense of relief. She promised to no longer focus on the notion that she kept him alive too long. Instead, Connie promised to celebrate Carter's amazing life by creating an altar in his memory. 

One of the most important aspects of my Animal Communication practice is my ability to ask your pets if it's their time to transition home to Spirit. I can also communicate with them after they have died. 

By giving your animal a "voice," you can find how they want to transition. When you elicit your animal's feelings regarding their death, you to work in partnership with them instead of feeling like you're playing "God." By doing so can bring you tremendous solace during a difficult time because it feels a lot better having your animal's input and perspectives, given you may be making one of the most difficult decisions in your lifetime.

Once your pet has transitioned, I can also communicate with them like I did with Carter. While it's never easy to say, "goodbye" to a beloved animal companion, I can help ease your pain and suffering with your pet's help along with offering you Pet Loss and Grief Support.

*Please Note: I'm not a veterinarian and do not diagnose animals. However, I can relate any feelings and sensations your pet relates to me to you. If you feel your animal is not well, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Is Your Pet Stressed? How To Recognize Stress In Your Pet

Stress in pets is more common than you may realize.

The good news is there is a lot you can do to reduce your pet's stress.


Stress has become an accepted part of our daily lives, whether we like it or not. The holiday season can be a time of joy and it can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. 

Your animal family can experience stress and anxiety more often than you may realize. Stress, if left unchecked, can negatively impact your pet's behavior, health and overall quality of life. 

My dog Bodhi demonstrates 2 signs of stress:
lip licking and yawning

Animals prefer to live in a peaceful, calm environments. Given the choice, healthy pets will remove themselves from the source of their anxiety, like moving to another room, hiding in a closet or going outside. If your pet feels unheard, it’s possible that she will act out on her anxiety by chewing paws or growling.

If you are feeling anxious, there is a good likelihood your pet will take on your stressful feelings to help you feel better. Why? Pets are incredibly sensitive to the energy in their environment whether it's joy, peace, anxiety or stress. Plus they don't like it when their humans suffer.

As a pet parent, it’s important to figure out why your pet feels stressed-out. Then it's up to you to provide your animal family with balanced and peaceful solutions like daily exercise, socialization, and play. 

When an animal's early warning signs of stress are ignored or missed, some animals become frustrated which may lead to growling or even worse, biting. Of course, most pets prefer your guidance and help long before they hit their "breaking point."



Animals use a variety of physical gestures or body language to communicate stress and anxiety. 


11 Signs of Stress in Pets:

  1. Excessive panting, even when it's not hot;
  2. Tail between hind legs;
  3. Excessive whining or other types of vocalization;
  4. Constant lip licking and/or excessive yawning;
  5. Excessive scratching, paw licking/sucking and over-grooming;
  6. Restless pacing and can't settle down;
  7. Hiding behind and under furniture or in closets;
  8. Decreased appetite, or refusal to eat their food especially special treats;
  9. Peeing/pooping in irregular locations like in the house or out of the litter box;
  10. Clingy and not wanting to leave your side or lap;
  11. Excessive Shedding.
If your pet is exhibiting any of the above physical gestures including stress colitis, contact your veterinarian to make sure your pet isn't ill.

Experiencing stress and anxiety doesn't feel good to pets, so it's best to alleviate the cause of their stress as soon as you can. It's up to you to learn how to read your animal companion's body language to determine your pet's state of mind. me

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Pet's Stress:

  • Regular exercise and play can help your pet release excess energy and stress. These daily rituals also build confidence in your pet. Walking and playing with your animal family is a great way to reduce stress for you, too.
  • Animals do understand the reasons behind their behaviors. Like humans, animals appreciate it when they feel heard and validated. If you feel your pet is stressed, but not sure why, then contact an Animal Communicator like me, so I can give you insight as to the source of your pet's stress and how best to alleviate it. 
  • Animal Reiki naturally alleviates stress in animals. An Animal Reiki treatment gently releases energetic blockages and imbalances while your pet is in a deep, relaxed space.