The Background Stuff I have moved around a lot having lived in eight different countries (England, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, Puerto Rico, Malaysia and the US), and now live with my spouse and our animal family in the wine country of Oregon.
My education includes a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in California and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex in England. I met my life partner when I was a marketing specialist for an educational trust in England. We moved to Oregon in 1998 primarily to spend time with my father. Sadly, my father died unexpectedly 6 months after we arrived.
A Silver Lining Although the death of my father was devastating, I later found that even the most difficult times can offer new perspectives and wisdom. One of my father’s many gifts to me was his 10-year-old Malamute, Roo, who proved to be the catalyst and guide for the next phase of my life.
As an older dog, Roo began developing soreness in her body and became reactive to other dogs. A friend of mine suggested “Tellington TTouch” to help ease the stress of my journey with Roo. A local TTouch specialist, Debby Potts, taught me the basics of TTouch. The change was amazing and I trained and became a TTouch Practitioner. Debby and I created The Integrated Animal, LLC. in 2000 and I began a new career helping people and their animals.
At the age of 12, Roo underwent surgery to have a tumor removed. I had heard about something called “animal communication” and hired a communicator to speak with Roo on how she was feeling and her treatment options. The results were remarkable! Confounding my rational and academically oriented mind, I decided to learn the art of animal communication myself.
The Journey Continues I assumed that learning animal communication would merely be a matter of applying myself to a rigorous program of study. How hard could it be to talk to animals? As it turned out, it was very hard for me.
What I didn’t understand at the time is that animal communication is not an intellectual process but more of an inner journey. Most people learn to communicate with animals through meditation so that they can hear what the animals have to say. Like most people, however, my mind is filled with endless chatter and my efforts to learn to meditate ended in failure. I decided to create another way. Combining guided imagery, breathing techniques, and some Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I successfully developed my own techniques to help me enter a quiet, centered place. It is those techniques that I have been teaching all over the world through classes, DVDs and books.
New frontiers One of the most gratifying things I have done professionally was to publish The Eternal Gift: Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Animal. As an animal communicator I specialize in working with animals who are transitioning, or who have died. I have found that the words of the animals are of great comfort to the bereaved.
The Eternal Gift has been published in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. I have written two other “text books” on animal communication (to date these are only available in Japanese and Chinese). My newest book, Animal Wisdom Word Search: Yoga for the Brain is a collaborative effort with a fun and insightful collection of puzzles, wisdom and messages from over 30 different species of animals I have spoken with all over the world.
My work continues to evolve, as I hope, do I. Like many people, I teach what I learn. In addition to my new book, I am also planning other new projects. It is time for me to harvest and utilise what the animals have taught me, and to apply it in new ways that will help me to reach out to more people and animals.
I am grateful every day for the love in my life and the opportunity to share my journey with others. Thank you for joining me today.