What is My Pet Thinking?

Shakespeare wrote “To be, or not to be, that is the question:”. But to most dog, cat, horse and hamster owners “What is he thinking?” is a close second, if not the primary question in our lives.

Whether you wish your Siamese cat, Twinkle, could tell you exactly why she’s still so lethargic even after a clean bill of health from your vet; or you wonder why on earth your Doberman Pinscher, Braveheart, runs and hides behind you only when your brother (who adores dogs and is the gentlest soul you know) comes to visit; we pet owners are so often perplexed by the mysterious minds of our beloved pets it’s almost a cliché.

Next week our clinic is hosting a Beginning Animal Communication Class taught by Joan Ranquet. Joan is a wonderful animal communicator and author in the Seattle area. This week Joan saw people for private sessions at the clinic. In honor of Joan’s visit, we wanted to give you a vet’s perspective on professional animal communicators.

Q: What are your thoughts regarding animal communicators?

Dr. Frank: As with all things, there are good animal communicators and not so good ones. I would advise having a personal or professional recommendation from someone you respect and trust if you choose to speak with an animal communicator about your pet.

Q: Why do you have Joan Ranquet at your clinic periodically?

Dr. Frank: I was referred to Joan by another veterinary professional whom I trust. Joan was a great help in finding a lost cat for my colleague’s friend.

Since then, many of my clients have used Joan’s services and raved about her. In fact, the experiences of one of my clients is included in her book. Because of these high quality recommendations, I trust Joan’s abilities and am happy to host her services and classes at our clinic from time to time.

Q: Why use an animal communicator?

Dr. Frank: There are many reasons why people choose to consult with an animal communicator. One of the most common reasons is when a pet is lost or missing as with my colleague’s friend.

End of life concerns is another reason people speak with someone like Joan. Animal communicators can help the owners and pets understand what is happening and help ease the process. Also, an animal communicator can be a very helpful part of a team of professionals (along with your vet and possibly a positive trainer or animal behaviorist) you consult for understanding and resolving behavior changes or issues with your pet.