Fun and Exciting Suggestions . . .

For Ways to Ask the Animals Something!

by Dr. Kim Ogden Avrutik


Animals are wonderful sentient, communicative beings who want very much the same things we do: good food, a comfortable bed, stimulation to keep our minds busy and someone who loves us-someone we can really talk to. And animals do talk! Each and every animal has a story they are eager to tell. Whether it be what they truly like to eat, who and what situation they came from prior to being with their new guardian, wise observations about how you can improve your life, or even how they feel about your new haircut! Mostly the animals have told me that they want their humans to be happy. Yes, they really are loving beings who want the best for us-and for themselves. It's no wonder then, that the animals are deeply delighted when we make an effort to communicate with them in the way they they best know how.

It's a way that is natural for them, a way that is easy for them. And they've been communicating with humans and with other animals like this for many many centuries: Intuitively or some would say "telepathically." Telepathically is a word that may sound strange for some, but it's really not so strange at all. "Tele" means "distance" and "path" means "from the heart." Telepathic communication then is a means of communicating with a being (human or animal, for example) over a distance and from the heart. Of course, you can use telepathic animal communication if you are right there with your animal friend, but you can also utilize this process when you are away on vacation or even if you have a moment during a break at your job.

Animal communication doesn't have to be difficult at all. Many students find it is very easy, like breathing. It can come naturally once you open yourself to the possibility that it really occurs and that animals really can communicate this way.

The animal friends typically send communication to humans three ways:

1. They can send us their thoughts (and these may come to us like hearing a conversation with an old friend).
2. They can send us a sensation that they are actually feeling themselves, or
3. They can send us an image of something that is very important to them. The image can come to us like a quick photo or even as a tiny motion picture, like a clip of a DVD.

In my experience, most animals communicate two or all three of these ways during a communication. Some animal communicators may use the words "tune into an animal" instead of saying that the animal "sends" us these ways of communication, but in discussions with many animal communicators, I have discovered that we often receive the same three modalities of communication from an animal friend: thoughts, feelings and images.

So how do we send and receive messages to our animal friends? Another way of saying this might be "how do we ‘tune into' our animal friend?" Below, I will provide a very, very abbreviated version of my classes and lectures on beginning animal communication. Although not inclusive of everything you will need to communicate with animals successfully and consistently, these steps will give you an idea of how this process is done. If you are interested in further information or more detail, you might wish to contact an animal communicator and attend a beginning animal communication class.

Sending and receiving messages

1. When sending, it is important to first get quiet. You don't have to be a monk in a monastery, but emptying your brain of some chatter is essential to send and receive messages. You can meditate, deep breath for a few minutes with long inhales and exhales, pray, or visualize that you are in a comfortable, delightful, "special" place where you feel happy and satisfied. Take as long as you need to do this when practicing. If you need to begin communicating with animals by practicing just this step, you will find that it is worth the effort to just learn to "empty" your brain of chatter and become quieter!

2. I recommend to those learning to do animal communication, that they say the animal's name three times. This can be mentally and silently, or vocally if the animal is within hearing range. "Hello Spot", "Glad to do this, Spot," Glad to know you Spot." I find that this gets the animal friend's attention. And just as you would say a persons' name if you were communicating with them, you would politely say the animal's name.

3. Ask if they would like to communicate with you in a new and different way. If they say "yes, or something affirmative, send an image to you that is clearly indicative of agreeing (like their tail wagging, showing you an image of a big smile on their face) or send a feeling to you of warm, satisfaction, or happiness, then proceed. If you get a "no" or a negative image or a feeling that they are not wanting to communicate right now, then stop and try again in 60 seconds. If you continue to get a "no" there are several ways to handle this, but they are not within the scope of this article. For now, gently stop for the day and try again tomorrow.

4. If you received a positive response, then proceed with a very simple question: you might ask them if they are happy, would like a certain kind of food, or have seen any new animal friends or any interesting and unusual things that week. Even indoor cats who can look out of the window can see many new sites during the week. Continue with this process for about a week or longer. Please remember to ask very simple questions to begin and don't tax yourself or the animal friend. I recommend that those beginning animal communication ask their animal friend no more than one or two questions per day at first. Gradually, one can increase the number and complexity of questions.

Many animal communication books that specialize in "How to communicate" with animals are available. My book, Ask the Animals is not a "how to" book. In the back of the book, however, it provides a list of "how to" books written by animal communicators who are well-known and respected. Ask the Animals is a joy filled book that details 24 consultations with animals. These conversations were so profound that I learned amazing spiritual lessons from the animals and wanted to share them with others. That is why Ask the Animals was written!

A few things to remember in "asking the animals":

1. Please always ground and stabilize yourself before and after communicating with animals. You might imagine something like "roots" coming from your spine and the bottom of your feet going into the good Mother Earth.
2. Please be respectful of the animal always and use normal, soothing tones in your communicating with them. Communicate with them just the same way you would like to be communicated with. Kindly and respectfully.
3. Remember to be receptive of the three ways an animal can communicate with you. Thoughts, feelings and mental images. You also can and will communicate with them in these ways.
4. If you send an animal an image, use corresponding thoughts or words. i.e. you wouldn't want to ask an animal to please "sit" and send an image to the animal of them running away. You would say "please sit" and send an image of their sitting.
5. If you ever make a promise to an animal, please do your very best to keep your promise.
6. Please remember that it is Spirit, God, Universe, whatever term you may use for a good, benevolent power that does this work. The vast majority of animal communicators would agree that we are only facilitators in the process.
7. Lastly and most importantly, trust that you can do this! Trust that you can send good and clear thoughts, feelings, and images (You may want to read books or take a class on how to visualize. Most people find visualizing very easy. Trust that your animal friend can send these thoughts, feelings and images to you, also.

So when we have a question about an animal, who should we ask if we want the real answer? The animal!

Here are some examples of actual cases. These cases are fairly complicated with much "dialogue" between the animal communicator, the animal's guardian (some people still use the term "owner") and the animal friend. I am happy that I had a good amount of experience before being asked to be the animal communicator for these. Because I did, and due to Spirit's guidance, these cases turned out to be helpful for the animal and guardian and tons of fun for me, the animal communicator!

The Cats, Black and Blue:

Take the case of Black and Blue two indoor, de-clawed felines who got along most of the time, but occasionally hissed and spat at each other. Black used the couch as her scratching post, and both Black and Blue used the rest of the house as their litter box. Irene, the cat's guardian, said she was so frustrated with the cats, it had even crossed her mind to euthanize both felines. Fortunately, she reached out for help from an animal communicator instead.

Upon searching for more information, I discovered several interesting clues. Blue, as it turned out, never missed the litter box until she was put on a hypo-allergenic diet! She also began to lose her fur after the change in food. Black then began to shred the couch. Irene had felt her only option was to get both cats declawed.

Here's what the felines said:

Black complained bout how her coat was ruined from the new diet and how she felt so ashamed of the way she looked. I told her that she SHE still had all her and and just because BLUE had lost her fur, she (Blue) didn't need to believe she had lost lots of her fur, too. This really cheered her up, and for the first time in a long time she said she didn't feel so angry or upset.

Both Black and Blue, however, couldn't understand why had had gotten declawed. They said it was very painful and that it still felt weird. They were both very angry about it, and that is why they stated, they were pooping outside the litter box. I told them of their impending relocation or demise if they didn't stop. This was at Irene's direction. She wanted me to tell them this. The cats responded by sending their thoughts and also images of what the litter boxes usually looked liked. They stated that if Irene would clean their litter boxes more, they would consider using them. Plus, they told me in emphatic terms, they were "bored."

Here's what I suggested:

Although Irene was frustrated with the cats, I suggested it would be wise for her to make every effort to reestablish a rapport with them. Playing with them at least 5-10 minutes per day would go a long way to doing that. I recommended certain toys she might try. I advised she clean the litter boxes more. (She said she cleaned the litter boxes one to two times per week, and there were three litter boxes. She thought this was enough.) When I told the cats this, they did not feel this was enough and asked her to clean the boxes more frequently. She agreed. I asked if the cats had any fleece perches (the kind that attach to the window sills).) She said they didn't. I remarked how my own cats adored these and were able to see lots of bird and activity from these perches. I suggested that Irene put a bird feeder in front of one or two of her windows and maybe a bird house or two so the cats could participate in the joy of watching tie whir of their wings! I also urged her to get a cat tree, a big one that her cats could limb. I imaged all these things to the cats, after Irene had agreed to do or get these things and the cats were absolutely delighted!

Then most importantly, I asked Irene to consider giving the cats jobs! I explained how so many of my canine and feline clients had their sense of self-esteem and purpose restored when their guardians had given them jobs, and their behaviors were modified for the better. I asked that Irene observe what her cats liked to do and were capable of doing-capable of doing is an important consideration. I mentioned that it is imperative to not punish the animals when they didn't seem to do exactly as she wanted. She should give them only one job at a time, and definitely praise them when they had done a good job!

One of my clients had used this technique successfully with her dogs in an effort to stop them from chewing on furniture. She gave them each a nice big dog biscuit every night for one week when they had done a good job of "keeping the furniture looking beautiful and whole." Within one week, the canines had stopped chewing on the furniture.

Some examples of jobs for canines, felines or winged creatures might be the following: adding beauty to the environment with their physical appearance, mannerisms, song or purr; keeping you happy or cheering you up; entertaining family and friends with antics, getting you out to exercise, creating warmth around the house so all feel welcome and helping you stay calm or tensions. Within two weeks, Irene exclaimed that her two cats were "doing great" now!

The Siberian Husky, Dickens: 

Dickens is a Siberian husky. His person, Lois, has done consultations to find out what Dickens wants to do. Agility? Flyball? He communicated to me by thoughts, and sent specific images about wanting to be a therapy dog. Lois, who has trained Siberians for years, agreed, and started training Dickens in obedience. She then started entering him in competitions. All went well for a while, but all of a sudden Dickens began to act unfocused and he would run out of the ring. She asked me to find out what was going on. It turns out Dickens had had it! Enough was enough. He didn't want any more competitions. He said he did just what Lois asked him, and he didn't see the need for going in front of groups of people to show them what he could do. I asked Lois why she wanted him in competitions. She gave me many answers that did not really matter much to Dickens. Finally she gave me the answer that most mattered to her most - the answer that came from the heart - the core answer. She said that many people still think Siberians are wild and can't be trusted. She said that she was sure if Dickens could get a title, it would show people that Siberians could understand and listen. More importantly, it would help Dickens in his goal of becoming a therapy dog.

I explained all this to Dickens. He agreed to continue with trials, but asked when he could see the end of these. Lois and I agreed on an abbreviated schedule, provided Dickens really tried to do what she asked him. He did well again, but then a hitch. It turns out Lois had taken Dickens to a "master" trainer she had used with some of her former dogs, and the trainer suggested that Lois use some force with Dickens. Intuitively, she knew this was not the right thing to do, but she did it anyway. When Dickens and I communicated, he explained that he felt so sad she thought she had to resort to this method. He had expected her to trust him by now. Lois apologized, and Dickens said he would try again. This time, however, only if he got something he wanted. And he wanted pizza! Not a piece of pizza crust as Lois had once (and only once) given him, but a whole slice, cheese and all! Lois agreed and she carried a piece of pizza in a cooler to the competition. Dickens did splendidly and got all the points he needed to get his title. Update: Lois has now passed, but she always was proud of how Dickens, a rescued Siberian Husky, could do this work and show people that his breed of dog has the concentration, excellent discipline, and wonderful disposition to be a therapy dog and a dog that has the ability to win Canine titles in agility, rally, etc. Dickens now has a wonderful home with other loving, adopted Huskies. He still competes, and says he is certainly ready to advance toward his goal of becoming a therapy dog!

The Horse, Clancy:

Clancy wants his story known, and I promised I would tell people about him. He wants other people and animals to know what he endured so that if they have a rough time, they should not give up. They should keep going. Things can get better. That's what happened to Clancy.

Carrie Shae, his second human companion, sensed that Clancy had been abused. When she asked me to uncover what had happened to him I hesitated. This was not a case I was sure I should take. But she was very sincere and wanted the best possible life for Clancy. He seemed to have some strange behaviors, and Carrie Shea needed to know more about his background in order to help him overcome them.

When Clancy told me all that had happened to him at the hands of an alcoholic bully, I cried. I was in an emotional wasteland for about two days. I told Carrie Shea and we cried together. It explained why he didn't want to be touched in certain places, and why, in addition to having been starved for so long, he sucked on wood. It also gave a bit of insight into why, now, he wasn't eating.

That was the big problem. Clancy simply wouldn't eat. And he was losing weight fast. I asked many questions: Did she need to change his feed? That helped a bit. Yes, even though it was recently purchased, it did seem there were some insects in it. It reminded him of his horrible days. He ate a little, but he still seemed depressed, Carrie Shea said.

Even though Clancy's stall was on the same property as Carrie Shea's home, I got the feeling someone was scaring him. Sure enough, Carrie Shea verified that there were footprints in the snow in Clancy's stall that were not hers. A big shoe or boot size; probably male footprints.
Was someone terrorizing Clancy?

Clancy verified that a man had been in the stall, but he didn't seem to want to hurt Clancy. Carrie Shea called a friend on the police force to be on the lookout and patrol the area for awhile. I felt Clancy could sense the tension in Carrie Shea, and he was still not eating very much.

Carrie Shea spent as much time as she could with Clancy, but she had a regular job and a life that kept her busy. She was also a little afraid to go to the barn, since she thought the mysterious man might be waiting for her there. Her visits to Clancy became less frequent. When I probed further, I found that Clancy thought Carrie Shea was going to neglect him just like his first owner did, since he was seeing her less and less.

Bingo. I know we had hit the base of the problem. He feared he would be neglected again and he was dependent, maybe too dependent, on Carrie Shea. He felt she was his only friend. I knew what I needed to do.

I asked Carrie Shea if I could have some time with Clancy to just teach him about a loving Force, one that is friendly, one that provides safety, one that can help us in loneliness. Carrie Shea agreed. Now I know that there are a lot of people who still don't believe that animals are sentient, heart - filled beings, but my work has shown me differently. Clancy is proof of it.

That week, I had to fly somewhere, but since animal communication can take place anywhere and distance is not a problem, I decided I would share my plane adventure with Clancy. He was so happy just to have someone to talk to. I told him about the clouds. I told him how soft they looked and how comforting they appeared. I assured him that his life with Carrie Shea would be good, and much more comforting than anything he had experienced before. I asked if he could help her, too. I explained that if he ate, she would feel better and happier.

That week Clancy and I spoke about birds, and I asked if he could make friends with the birds around his pasture and barn. He believed he could. Within two days, he had some bird friends that would regularly land on him! I told him that he never needed to be alone again, that the grass was his friend, the sun was his friend, and that these were all symbols of a great and friendly Force that would be with him, always. He had lots of friends, not just Carrie Shea. I told him that this good and loving Force was closer than his own breath.

I felt a change in him. And he started eating. I asked Carrie Shea if I could send down some metaphysically - oriented cassette tapes for Clancy, since he was apparently quite an advanced thinker! She said she would play these in his barn when she couldn't be around. I was so grateful that she agreed to do this.

When you think about it, the great Masters have seemed to love these beings called animals. Noah must have had extreme tolerance and love to be with all that noise and commotion for forty days. Buddha said that "when a man has pity on all living creatures only then is he noble." Allah talks about bees being spiritual creatures and carrying divine messages to us. Jesus proclaimed; "Go into all the world....and preach the gospel to every CREATURE." He didn't say just your fellow human beings. We are spiritual beings, and animals are spiritual beings too! We are both on a spiritual path and we are all in this together. (This last story was reprinted from Dr. Kim's book: Ask the Animals, 2003, Lantern Books, NYC, with some minor changes.)

These are just a few examples of the type I will be giving in my talk on September 29, 2009. In the meantime, you might want to get a video on "How to communicate with Animals", buy a few books on the subject, or call an animal communicator to learn about his or her schedule for beginning animal communication classes. It's fun! It's exciting to do, and it's a magical and beneficial activity- for both you and your animal friend. Just ask the animals!