The dog’s name was Penny and she was one of my all-time favorite pet clients. She was brisk and efficient, ever tending to her people, but also welcoming and taking care of their visitors. She was a mix of a chihuahua and someone else that was small. She was a little dumpling of a girl, black with gray around the muzzle. She actually belonged to the next door neighbor of a friend and she was so warm and inclusive, that soon my family and I were friends with the neighbor, too. Often we’d all barbecue together on lazy summer evenings to the soundtrack of children playing and chickens carrying on throughout the neighborhood. Inevitably, it was so still you could hear people talking from blocks away. The streets were loaded with little historic homes and quiet alleyways, the yards filled with twinkly lights and cottonwood trees.
I gave Penny a reading one day. At the time her person was deeply concerned about the dog’s sudden lethargy and thought it would be nice to check in.
I learned from Penny that she was a kind of traffic cop for her family, keeping everyone organized and accounted for at all times, showing me literally an English bobby with a little hat and a whistle that went, “fweeeeeeet!” as she whisked to and fro about the house. When her people had a baby, she redoubled her efforts. It was in the toddler years that she really hit her stride. It also tired her out, as toddlers often do.
Her person told me Penny had started to collapse into bed at night and snore away, sometimes so loudly she would wake them up. Her person loved the sound; she called it the sleep of the innocent. To her it was a kind of music.
At dawn Penny would normally spring out of bed, ready to be of service. Lately, she’d seemed reluctant to rise and had lost some of her shine. In the reading, we learned that her brisk efficiency and organizational skills were part of her job, her offering to the person and her family. Dogs and cats – and other pets – love everyone in their orbit but they will often choose one person to work with specifically, to help heal them. We call that their agreement.
Penny’s person had health issues and she worried about her ability to give her baby the time and energy he needed. The little dog stepped up to help keep track of the little one. She told me her people hadn’t planned to be parents and it had come as a shock, so she threw herself into a beautifully supportive role and gave all three humans everything she had.
By the time of our reading, the little one was 4 and the family had settled into a sweet rhythm. Her person wanted Penny to know that she could take a break from her healing duties. We helped her release some responsibility energies from a past life she had shared with her person, and told her she could use her energy to heal herself instead of her mom.
There is a technique to help pets release their healing agreement so we did that; it’s very simple and the animal can always go back to their former job if and when they are ready. In the meantime, being the pet and being loved is a whole job in itself!
The person told me Penny slept hard that night and she seemed more rested after our reading. Eventually she regained her energy and went back to her duties, but there was a different, more peaceful quality to her brisk comings and goings. And that, my friends, is the beauty of talking to your animals! They really do hear what you’re saying.
As many of you know, we have an animal communication program that’s run by our beloved JoLee Wingerson; it happens twice a year for four months at a time. In this popular 4-month program, students learn to communicate with and heal animals. They learn what animals are thinking and feeling, the life lessons between pets and their people, how to find solutions to challenging issues, how to help pets prepare to transition and so much more!
In addition, we are available with a range of fantastic programs designed to help you along in your own spiritual evolution, whether you are a beginner or at the graduate level in your clairvoyance. Check out our website at psychichorizonscenter.org for more information!
Rt. Rev. Katie Heldman is the Co-Director of Psychic Horizons Center, and wrote this article for the June 5th, 2023 eNews.