I never get tired reading amazing animal stories; how pets alert their owner’s when there is danger, and act as guides for those who are physically impaired. The astonishing tales of lost animals who find their way back home after years and miles of trekking. For many of us, our animals are like additional children in the family with whom we share a mutual love and devotion. So when I learn of animals who go to extremes to protect or find their people it affirms these deep connections.
I recently read a very touching and endearing book titled, “Wesley the Owl; The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl”, by Stacey O’ Brien. Aside from their extraordinary nineteen year relationship I was most taken with was the empathic and telepathic bond that formed between them.
Do you have out of the ordinary animal stories to share?
We’ve had a number of cats, two dogs and three guinea pigs over the years. When our guinea pigs were alive I’d hear them start squealing as soon as I opened the garage door. They were upstairs in the front bedroom of our house. Somehow they knew we were home, or perhaps their sense of hearing was exquisite. When my daughter was battling the Shingles virus, I often found her cat sleeping on top of her, directly over the inflamed areas. Isn’t it uncanny how a pet knows when you are distressed? Without beckoning them they often rouse from sleeping to come and settle by your side.
But the most extraordinary pet story I have to share defies logic. Our cats used to go outside in the backyard. My son’s cat Loki was a great hunter. I have one phobic reaction which is seeing and dealing with dead animals. I've worked in a Pediatric I.C.U. and a Burn Unit without upset, but my children will attest to how I “freak” seeing lifeless creatures. It was actually my daughter’s seventh birthday. I woke up early to set her presents on the table before she came down for breakfast. I let the cats outside and set the table festively. When I opened the slider door to let the cats back inside a beheaded bird lay gorily on the mat. I shrieked and scolded Loki; killing for sport and not out of necessity. “I just fed you! You didn’t need to kill that beautiful bird. I hate dead birds. If you want to bring me a present, bring me flowers instead”, I scoffed. The following morning I reminded him, “… just flowers” as I let him out. When I returned a few minutes later to call him back inside I found a large fern frond on the doormat in place of a mauled bird! I kid you not. Neither of my children was awake, and I am certain no one snuck over the fence during the night.
There is an incredible anecdote in O’Brien’s book about how she successfully used visual imagery and talked to Wesley the barn owl to prepare him for having his overgrown beak filed down and his talons clipped.
I am fascinated by the field of animal whispering. I truly believe animals have the capacity to understand what we are thinking and feeling. What do you think?
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Author's Bio: 

Stephanie Rachel Alt, holds a Masters degree in Counseling/Human Development from Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY. She is also Master Certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.) and hypnosis. Stephanie teaches her clients to use “intuitive intelligence”, logic and reason, in daily life and decision making. She created “Of 2 Minds” Coaching and Consulting services, to offer these services; intuitive readings, intuitive coaching, conscious communication &NLP techniques in online sessions. In 1986 she moved to central California to collaborate with the co-founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the publication of a casebook titled, Leaves Before the Wind (Metamorphosis Press). Stephanie is a contributing author presenting five unique cases using N.L.P. applications. Stephanie’s work experience includes leading N.L.P. Training seminars, for NLP Co-founders, John Grinder, and Judith Delozier. She currently resides on the Central Coast, in California, where she maintains an office. Working with individuals, couples, families, and groups you can consult with Stephanie in person or conveniently by phone and online