Based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, Sparkles and Dirt is a blog by Louise Brunet. Her posts explore the beauty and the struggles we all encounter and how we can, just maybe, show up for all of it with compassion and grace.

A Dog, a Parrot, and Firefighters

A Dog, a Parrot, and Firefighters

I was out walking my dog one day and without realizing it I was talking to her the way I always do. We walked by a man who said -

"You're talking to her as if she understands you!" and he chuckled as he looked at me, quite amused.

"She does!" I said, and we kept walking. I'm pretty sure he thought I was nuts.

Nala, queen of the trails

Nala, queen of the trails

Pet owners often say they would love to know what their pet is thinking. Well. I can talk to them.

Animal Communication involves a direct two-way conversation of sorts between a human and an animal. I say "conversation of sorts" because it doesn't happen in a sequential way, me then you, in the logical way humans are accustomed to with our own conversations.

It’s a telepathic exchange. For me, communicating with an animal usually involves an exchange of thoughts, images and or feelings. I often receive a thought or idea all at once. Sometimes I receive an image, sometimes just a feeling, like anxiety or specific pain. I regularly receive the answer before I finish asking the question. Regular human communication is so slow!

One pet owner I worked with was trying to figure out what was bothering her dog. She was behaving strangely and seemed unhappy, but the owner couldn’t determine what was wrong. During my communication with the little dog, she was able to send me what she was feeling - I received a sharp toothache with neck pain down the left side of my jaw and neck. The tooth pain was very specific, upper left side, first molar, only that tooth, the ache extended down my neck on that side. It was a sharp tooth pain! Later when her person checked the dog’s mouth she saw that the gums were swollen right around that same tooth and she was able to get some veterinary help for her dog.

Rescue operation in progress

Rescue operation in progress

This past weekend while heading to a beach for a walk I came across a parrot rescue in progress. Firefighters were gearing up a ladder truck to reach high into a very tall tree to see if they could locate the African Grey parrot. She had escaped 2 days earlier. Many people were standing around watching the rescue efforts. Everyone was trying to see where the bird was in the tree tops.

I reached out telepathically to see if I could connect with the parrot. I did, but initially she wasn’t very forthcoming with information. So I asked if she could send me what she could see from where she was perched. I immediately saw the fire truck from above looking down to the left, which gave me an indication of what tree she was in and what part of the tree. I also received the feeling that the truck noise and commotion was bothering her and that she was not going to come down while that was going on.

Firefighters use a tactic to get escaped pet parrots out of trees; they spray water toward the bird hoping it will motivate the bird to come down. When they started doing this I heard “I don’t like that. Tell them to stop!”  I replied that if she came down they would stop. She wasn’t convinced and flew to the next tree! She ended up coming down a few hours later, only after the truck and crowd left.

One of the fascinating parts of communicating with an animal is getting the animal’s perspective. People usually have an agenda – like getting the parrot to come down now. The animal may have a completely different agenda or concern. For example you might be annoyed because your dog has started barking frequently. Your dog might be picking up on your thoughts and feelings of anxiety or sadness and she might be barking to get your attention, to distract you or comfort you. Your dog is helping! Although that’s not what you expected.

I’ve been surprised with many communications. One encounter a year ago with spiders for example, called on me to shift my understanding of these marvellous beings (and to let go of any pre-conceived ideas I had about them)! ... More on that in soon.

The Old Professor

The Old Professor

Talking with Animals and Trees

Talking with Animals and Trees