Posts Tagged ‘Dog Owners’

Favorite Video Friday – Dog Doogity “Bag it up!”

July 21, 2011 8 comments

I just knew I would be posting this this week’s Favorite Video Friday video as soon as I saw it. In the tradition of Edie Jarolim from Will My Dog Hate Me and her Spay/Neuter PSAs, and in a nod to Amy Burkert from Go Pet Friendly and her post “I Am The Poop Fairy For Blog The Change”, I give you “Dog Doogity” Dog Poop PSA for by Blackstreet.

I really think you’ll get a kick out of this PSA. Enjoy!

Dogs: What are they saying and how can you hear them?

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Today’s post is the second of two posts by guest blogger, Mary Sue Palazzari, an animal communicator located in Minnesota. I hope you will enjoy her insight and knowledge as much as I have! !

CBR001055Yesterday, I shared with you how animals communicate with us, and how we can communicate with them. But, you may be thinking… OK, but how do I really communicate with animals like a real pet psychic? The answer? Connect to the Energy of All That Is.

Merriam-Webster describes energy as:

1 a : dynamic quality b : the capacity of acting or being active c : a usually positive spiritual force
2 : vigorous exertion of power : effort
3 : a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work
4 : usable power (as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power

“Everything in the universe is made up of essentially 2 things: matter and energy. Matter describes the physical things around us . . . Energy is the ability to cause change or do work.” (See

The above description is how I personally define psychic energy: It is the energy of All That Is, which is the life force that flows through us all. All living beings are energy. Even inanimate objects have or are energy. All we are doing with that energy is manipulating it. Sending or receiving thoughts, images, or feelings telepathically is simply sending or receiving the energy of those thoughts, images, or feelings.

Before I go further, try this exercise (or try the exercise at the end of this post):

Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take a few deep (abdominal) breaths to relax your mind and body. Hold the palms of your hands facing each other about 2 inches apart. Move your hands in opposite circles, “bounce” them towards and away from each other, while at the same time imagining a ball of light or energy between them.

When you do this you may start to feel some sensations in the palms. These can be tingling in the palm or fingertips, warmth, slight pressure or a sort of magnetic repulsion. I usually feel this as a slight resistance, or spongy substance, between my hands.

You may also try moving the palms farther and closer from each other in slow movements, while continuing to concentrate on the feelings between your palms.

If you’re good at visualization you can add the following:

While holding you palms facing each other, take a slow deep breath, filling your abdominal area, and imagine energy beams entering your body and filling you, gathering inside your abdomen. Exhale slowly, and while doing this imagine the energy flowing from the abdomen through your chest, through your shoulders, arms and radiating from both palms into the space between them. Increase the energy flow with each breath.

This visualization can greatly increase the flow of energy between your palms and you’ll feel it stronger. Usually, my palms start to generate heat, and I can feel the spongy energy between them more strongly.

This exercise is a great way to begin to understand how to manipulate energy. Don’t give up if you don’t experience this from the first attempt. As with all things, practice increases the ability.

Another way to think about energy is to remember a time when you were with someone you loved deeply. This love could be a romantic love, the love for a child, for a special friend, for a very special pet, etc. How did you express that feeling (energy) of love? With words? With a smile? A loving gaze? A loving touch? What happened when you expressed that energy of love? Did the feelings of love increase for you? Were they received by the other person or animal and returned?

Energy can also be felt through touch. When someone touches your arm to get your attention and you think nothing of it. Yet, when someone with special feelings towards you touches your arm it feels different. Why?

Because energy flows more easily when there is love behind the intention. Not necessarily romantic or a passionate love, but just a general feeling of love that flows from God, the Universe, or All That Is.

When I was a pet sitter, there were those animals that were tough to reach. They didn’t trust anyone else outside of their family for whatever reason. When I took care of animals as a pet sitter, I had the intention of “showing my heart” at all times. Somehow I just knew that the animals could see or feel it and know that I had no ulterior intentions other than taking care of them and respecting them. Even the shyest animals would show me love and trust before too long.

So, a starting point is the energy play described above. Understand that everything is energy, and that everyone has the ability to manipulate, or move, energy. The main energy of communication with an animal is using imagination and love. Visualize an imaginary line from your heart to the animal’s. Feel the flow of energy to and from the animal. Imagine what you want that animal to know and send an image, or picture. This takes practice. It’s very easy to get into your head too much; so don’t think so much, just feel. Trust whatever comes to you from the animal, if anything.

For me, it’s not so much the words I receive, but feelings and sensations. When I connect to an animal via a photo, I get feelings and images that I translate into words. Am I wrong sometimes? Of course. But I’m right more often as time goes on. And, as with people, some animals are more open to connecting than others, or they are more communicative the second time.

Most of all just trust what you receive. It may seem strange or “stupid” but it could be important. While I was in one of the Yahoo practice groups, someone hosted their horse. While connecting and communicating with this horse, his method of “speaking” sounded like an educated being, sort of like a high-society person . . . perhaps like Frasier Crane in the sit-com “Frasier.” I thought that was very odd, so I didn’t comment on it. However, when the exercise was over, someone else shared that they thought the horse “spoke” with an English accent. A little different than my description, but close enough!

Be aware of the energy of all living and inanimate things. Know that you as an energy being can send and receive energy, and move it around. Trust what you feel and what you know. Practice with a human partner and especially your animal friend. They are so willing and happy to help!

If you are looking to learn more about how to communicate with your animal(s), I encourage you to check out an online bookstore (like for books on this topic. Amazon not only has a great selection, but you can check the readers’ comments and reviews and find one or two books that resonate with you. There are also animal communication classes around the Twin Cities. I have personally taken introductory classes from Ilga Cimbulis and Mary Stoffel. Another great teacher is Janet Roper.

Yahoo Groups also has at least 2 practice groups. Just do a search in Yahoo Groups. I have been a member in the past and got a lot of practice and feedback through these groups. People host their pets with a photo and provide a set of questions for the other members to practice. What I liked about the Yahoo Groups is that I was connecting with others who were at various stages of abilities. The groups also gave me the opportunity to exercise my own gift.

Energy exercise #2:
Another exercise to do with a human partner is to use flash cards. These you can make yourself or find very basic ones with numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Keep it very simple, with just one image (one number, one color, one shape) on each flash card.

One person is the sender, the other the receiver. Each person opens their heart area, then imagines a cord connecting each other’s hearts. Breathe, RELAX and just have fun with this! The sender looks at one flash card then sends the energy of that image to the receiver. If it’s the number 3, for example, send the image of the 3, send an image of 3 fingers, 3 apples, 3 of something! Stay focused on that one image that you are sending. Send it heart to heart.

The receiver needs to relax, breathe, and when you FEEL it in your heart area and KNOW it, tell the sender what you got. As always, don’t worry if you don’t get this right away! Also, some days you’ll be better at it than others. Just practice!

Mary Sue Palazzari

Mary Sue Palazzari

Mary Sue Palazzari is an animal communicator and former pet sitter. Her family consists of her husband, 16-year-old son, 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 4 cats and they reside on 16 acres in the Elko New Market area. Although she has been offering animal communication professionally since June of 2007, she has always had a connection with animals.

Doggone Great Pet Parents!

June 30, 2009 Leave a comment

CB103538For those of us who work on the rescue side of the pet business (do I call it a business?), it can be easy to become jaded, to lose hope in the human race. We see the dogs and cats that are abused, mistreated, neglected and close to death. We also see some of the frivilous reasons that pets are surrendered to a shelter (e.g., my St. Bernard got too big, I didn’t know he would bark, he doesn’t match the carpeting, etc.). We also see the heartbreaking reasons that a pet is given up (e.g., owner has cancer, elderly owner dies, loss of a home, etc.).

It is because of these experiences that we often start to wonder if there are any great pet owners out there.

Now that I am on the other side of the fence – working with pet owners – I get to see and hear tons of positive stories. I always knew that there are lots of people who adored their pets, but to see and hear it every day is such a blessing. It reminds me that you can’t paint people with one big paint brush. It’s too easy to find the negative in everyone when that’s all you see, but working with so many pet owners I feel rejuvenated and encouraged.

To all you wonderful pet owners out there, especially my clients, thank you. For renewing my faith. For letting me be a small part of your wonderful pets’ lives. It is an honor that I cherish!

Dogs and You: Who’s in Charge? The Trainer or You?

June 16, 2009 4 comments

CB106189Just this evening I was tweeted a blog post on the benefits of clicker training. It wasn’t the part about the benefits of clicker training that disturbed me. It was the personal story that prefaced it.

For the sake of anonymity, I am going to refrain from mentioning the blog (no links this time folks), but I will say that I am not making an overall judgement of the owner, rather pointing out the enormous responsibilty we have as dog owners to protect them at all times – from those who would do them harm whether they be a person on the street or a person who specializes in animal care or training.
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Dominance and Dogs: It’s not what you think it is

February 17, 2009 1 comment

Call it serendipity or coincidence (or something else), but in the past week I have seen quite a few stories, blog posts and e-mails about dominance in dogs. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, but it seemed like a good opportunity to post on the topic.

This past summer, I had the good fortune to attend a workshop on this very topic and I thought I would share just a few of the highlights. The presenter is a well-known veterinarian in Minnesota. His name is Dr. Christopher Pachel, and he not only happens to be a vet, but he also happens to have a background in animal behavior. The information he provided in the workshop was not only informative, but also extremely helpful. I would recommend attending a session if you ever get the chance. Read more…

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