I have been privileged to spend most of my life with one or more
animals. Although the first 30 years of my working life were in
social work, I spent every spare moment studying and searching for
THE thing that would give me the close connection with animals
that I craved. This journey took me through the practical route
of animal care, training and behaviour management, but I was aware
that there was still something missing. As I searched for that all
important missing part, I was drawn towards a much more holistic
approach to animal care.
Gradually I came to understand
the true nature of animals' spirituality and their purpose in our
lives. I first became aware of the reality of Telepathic Animal
Communication in the summer of 1996, when my horse Max "spoke
to me" about his need for help with passing over. Max was
only 14 years old, but was suffering from bad arthritis which had
been made much worse by a recent injury. I had just turned Max out
in the field for the night, and as I was closing the gate, I felt
his presence behind me. He put his head on my shoulder and I could
feel him breathing in my ear. As I was registering how unusual this
was, (because, normally nothing came between Max and his grass!!!),
I heard the words in my head "Sort me out." I immediately knew what
this meant, and I promised him that I would. A few days later he
was put to sleep by the vet.
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I had no doubts
that the communication had come from Max. Even though part
of me was blown away by this thought, once I accepted it,
there was another part of me that had always known it was
possible for animals to communicate with humans in this way.
Although I had
this experience, I thought the rest of the world would think
I was crazy. I did no more about it until I met Elaine in
2004, who was promoting a Telepathic Animal Communication
Workshop. By then I had acquired two rescue terriers called
Sally and Tilly, who turned out to be my master teachers.
They had a host of physical and emotional problems which had
driven me into frantic study of energy therapies and training/behavioural
Sue, Sally & Tilly
I attended the Animal
Communication Workshop and realized that this was 'IT' -
the part that had been missing. Since then, Animal Communication
has been the cornerstone of my work with animals, and has given
me a relationship with my own dogs that I could only dream of before.
I joined Elaine at "Animal
Matters" in 2005, and since then all our dogs have continued
to push us forward and teach us lessons - sometimes very hard lessons
- to develop our understanding of just how deep the relationship
with our animals can be. This in turn allows us to help other people
explore the depth of the relationship that they can have with their
Along the way on this
amazing journey, I have acquired the following qualifications: -
- Reiki Master
- Advanced Practitioner
of Meridian Energy Therapies
- Diploma in
Flower Essences for Animals
- Member of the Association
of Professional Dog Trainers (00717)
- Member of the British
Institute of Professional Dog Trainers
- I also hold the British
Horse Society, Stage III Certificate in Horse Knowledge and Care
I have spent the majority of my career working within various areas
of law, but have always had a close affinity with animals and been
aware of their spirituality. As a result of this, once I had experienced
animal communication with one of my own dogs, I knew I had found
my true path. I became interested in human spirituality about 22
years ago and was happily exploring this concept.
As the years progressed
my interest grew. I started to attend Spiritualist churches, and
joined a development circle.
In 2000 I bought an adorable
little black Shih Tzu puppy who I called Benson. A year later he
started to show fear of other dogs, strangers and generally everything
outside. Firstly I went down the conventional route and consulted
a dog behaviourist. Benson's behaviour improved for a week then
got worse than before.
I was watching a TV
programme one day when I saw an American lady called Sonya Fitzpatrick
claiming to be able to communicate with animals telepathically.
She demonstrated her abilities on the show, and I was hooked! The
realization that animals can communicate telepathically hit me like
a ton of bricks. I felt like I had come home. Sonya
Fitzpatrick had reminded me of something I had always known deep
down but had forgotten.
I immediately set
about trying to find out more about this subject in order
to help Benson with his problem, and in 2002 I found an animal
communicator in the UK who helped me to understand his issues
and start to help him heal. The same year I attended a four
day animal communication course in the Isle of Man with Amelia
Kinkade. To my amazement I found that I could also communicate
with animals easily. From that time on, I constantly practiced
my skills both with Benson and with my second puppy, another
Shih Tzu called Rupert.
In order to develop
further I was attuned to 1st Degree Reiki healing.
I met Sue at a
Flower Essence course run by Lila Devi. Whilst on this course
I promoted a number of workshops I was organizing for another
American animal communicator, Carol Gurney. Sue came on several
of these courses and our friendship and working relationship
grew, resulting in the formation of our company Animal
Matters in 2005.
Rupert & Henry
During the period 2002
- 2005 I was attuned to 2nd Degree Reiki and Reiki Mastership, and
also attended Introductory and Advanced Crystal Healing courses.
Since being introduced
to animal communication, all my dogs have used their abilities to
develop me both personally and professionally. They have helped
me to deepen my understanding of animals' spirituality and their
purpose in coming into our lives. I will be eternally grateful to
Benson for teaching me that we shouldn't always expect our animals
to change for us. Sometimes we should change for them.
He has been the wisest and most patient of teachers.
My story would not be
complete without a tribute to Rupert and the work he did together
with Henry, a Rottweiler puppy who we had the privilege of sharing
our lives with for just over a year in 2005 - 06. From being loving
and enthusiastic playmates, a switch seemed to flick last Christmas
, to the point where Rupert appeared to find Henry's presence
intolerable. As we worked and communicated with them to try to resolve
the situation, they took both Sue and I on a personal journey of
such spiritual growth and depth that we now know beyond all doubt
that animals are way, way above us in terms of spirituality, and
in understanding of their life purpose with us.
In the end Henry let
us know that his purpose with us was done and it was time for him
to return to his breeder to continue his work. there. There have
been so many lessons in this for us all, perhaps the main one being
that the so-called "happy ending" is not always what is meant to
Thank you, Benson, Rupert
and Henry, from the bottom of my heart.
Benson & Rupert