Frances the Talking Mule, Day of the Dolphin, Mister Ed, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Shaggy Dog, Babe, Bolt...the list goes on. For decades we've dreamt of communicating with animals. In our animal-lovin' hearts, we all want to be Dr. Dolittle. Elaine Turner, like many other animal whisperers, turns fantasy into reality.
"Why is my cat psycho?" one viewer asked. "Why is he such a finicky eater?" "Why does my cat have an attitude?" "Is my cat planning an escape?" (and my personal favourite) "What do you think of people who paint their cat like Pikachu?" Questions from viewers pertaining to dogs, cats, horses and other 4-legged companions reflect the need to know, what is my pet thinking?
Elaine, from Pawsitive-Connections explains we all have the ability to hear animals; are we listening? With an open mind, anything is possible.
Sharing her own experience, Elaine recalls a time when a particular cat urinated and defacated everywhere. Not pleased having their home utilized as a giant litter box, his owners contacted Elaine. During a session, Elaine discovered the cat's actions were premeditated. An older cat within the home had a similar accident on the rug. Knowing the aging cat would not appreciate him letting the cat out of the bag, ("She's going to be angry", he said) the urinating cat brought attention to the concealed ailment. Working with the family, Elaine brought information to light, resulting in a veterinary visit. Receiving much needed medical attention, the older cat thrived. Mission accomplished, our compassionate hero reclaims his litter box.
"Animals not only look after us, they also look after each other," states Elaine, who points out it's always important to praise your animal for a job well done.
"A RUNAWAY rooster - its crowing at dawn heralds each new day.The rooster, which set up home in Styvechale after apparently straying from its owners, was lassoed after a month-long reign as cock of the walk. The squawking squatter had made its home in back gardens around Asthill Croft and Michaelmas Road. But residents were not so happy about their new neighbour and his raucous welcome to each new day. Now everyone can sleep easy, for the rooster has moved to a new home at an animal sanctuary," reported The Evening Telegraph on May 24, 2005.
Familiar with the rooster's plight, Elaine reminisces. "My parents contacted me to let me know they were moving him to a farm." Communicating with the rooster, Elaine found "He was quite upset about having to move at first. Once he settled with the chickens in the coup he was quite happy."
Growing up, a tortoise held a special place in Elaine's heart. "He always wandered off," Elaine remembers, "So much so, that we had to write our phone number on his shell." When that method didn't bring results, Elaine relied on her intuition to find the runaway. "I saw a vision of his location. When we went to pick him up, that's where we found him."
Although intuition is a valuable part of the animal communicative equation, Elaine also finds animals respond well to Reiki treatments. The intent is to gently heal emotional, physical or behavioural illnesses or injuries. Administering Reiki for three consecutive days, Elaine's healing energy extended her son's hampster's life. Reiki can be performed in person, hands on or at a distance. Reiki is not limited by time, space or distance, therefore, Reiki energy can be received just as effectively the other side of the world as it can when the practitioner and animal are in the same room. Animals decide how much Reiki they want to accept and for how long. They determine where they want the Reiki to help them, either physically, emotionally or both. Reiki is not intended as an alternative to veterinary care.
Accepting our invitation to appear on the show, 11-month old Jonah (who recently joined our family) was the purrfect guest. A loveable orange tabby, he transitioned well to his new environment. One Sunday afternoon, Elaine asked Jonah's permission (very important) to engage in conversation. We learnt Jonah takes his "job" seriously and prides himself on being a "warden", watching over our family. Jonah teaches my 8 year old son (diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder) manners, anticipating Dorian's success in overcoming the ASD label by exceeding expectations. Acting as a liason between my two sons, Jonah plays peacemaker, happy to be one of Three Muskateers (his words). Pleased to hear Jonah loves his nickname Puss Puss, our family thanks Elaine for her wonderful insight. We also thanked Jonah for sharing his thoughts and unconditional love.
Elaine is inspiring, so much so, I asked, "How may I communicate with Jonah?" I've always felt a special bond with animals and pride myself on reading their expressions. I rely on animal totems to receive messages. Reminding me to keep "open", Elaine's encouragement gave me an incredible gift. I highly recomend Elaine Turner and invite you to visit her website at http://www.pawsitive-connections.com/. Since Jonah's session with Elaine, I've felt more in tune.
One morning, sitting at my feet, Jonah suddenly jumped to attention. I mentally asked, "What's up, Puss Puss?" In my head, he responded, "Dorian's into the candy." Although the Halloween candy was locked up, I trusted Jonah's concern.
Mommy (calling downstairs): "Dorian, what are you up to?"
Dorian (from downstairs): "Nothing."
Mommy (disbelieving): "Really? Jonah told me you're into the candy!"
Dorian (slinking up the stairs, peeking his head around the corner): "Don't be mad, okay?"
The day prior, my parents dropped off some maple sugar treats. Dorian found them. I thanked Jonah for a job well done!
Click here to view our interview with Elaine Turner from Pawsitive Connections.
Dr. Dolittle - If I Could Talk To The Animals
If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be.
If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree.
We'd study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea.
We would converse in polar bear and python,
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo.
If people asked us, can you speak in rhinoceros,
We'd say, 'Of courserous, can't you?'
If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us. /