This past week, I spoke with an animal communicator (AC) about Elsie in the hopes of finding some leads on her many health problems. If you had asked me a year ago if I would drop $80 for someone in California to tell me about my dog, I’d have to say you were crazy… Yet, I’ve heard many stories from dog owners about using an AC and coming up with some uncannily accurate information about their dogs, so I thought I’d give it a shot and see what happens. As I understand it, much of an AC’s job is ‘translating’ images, feelings, metaphors and otherwise abstract ideas into words, so some things I’m not sure how to interpret.
The AC begins by collecting basic information – Elsie’s name, her breed, her colour, her weight, and her sex and status. In my initial email, I had mentioned that she was a rescue and that I was interested to know about her health.
The initial image the AC gets is of Elsie sitting on a hip, and her body feels “heavy”. She’s grinning. Beginning a body scan, she tells me that Elsie finds loud noises to be “painful” and “surprising”, and that softer noises lose distinction. Her vision is clear straight ahead, but fuzzy to the sides, particularly to the left side of the left eye.
Elsie makes a point of showing the AC her teeth. Apparently she thinks they are “gleaming”. (Who am I to tell her they are sort of brown, probably because a couple of them are dead?!) She says that there were past problems with her upper molars, which is true. One of the reasons she came into rescue was the cuspice on her upper molar, and they thought they’d have to pull the tooth (luckily a thorough cleaning was sufficient).
The next problem she found was Elsie’s small and large intestines, which were “small and dark” and “flaccid”, respectably. I can believe it, GI problems are a huge issue for her and I’ve so far not been able to pinpoint a cause/solution.
The AC observed that her spine was generally good, but that her sacrum and tail felt ‘fused’. Despite that, she said, Elsie is a “tank” with a very high pain threshold so she doesn’t let on. Interestingly, just last week Elsie’s chiropractor (who, by the way, Elsie says has “good hands”) made a new adjustment to that area. He also makes adjustments in her cervical and her thoracic vertebrae, which is not consistent with not having problems elsewhere.
The AC did point out liver problems (Elsie’s ALT is high), and the word she used to describe it was “lumpy”. She wasn’t sure how to elaborate on that. She said that Elsie’s spleen varies in function, her adrenals are insufficient, and that her thyroid was out of balance for a time but is okay at the moment. She mentioned that there were some minor lumps that were not of concern, but she didn’t pick up on Elsie’s major skin issues. Elsie is so itchy that she will scratch gaping holes in herself if she is not wearing back booties and a shirt. Elsie’s heart appears to be “steady” but “too slow” – she wasn’t sure if this was literal or metaphorical. I’m not entirely sure what to make of that.
The biggest emphasis was that her body is “heavy”, especially in the rear legs, and that it takes effort to move. At the same time she is “a tank” and is very resilient. Elsie is energetically “well-grounded” in all legs (a good thing) but the right hind leg, and it seems that the chiropractics is helping.
I found the AC’s comments on her personality to be quite funny and true. Elsie feels happy and doesn’t see herself as having issues. She has an excellent sense of humor, and the AC said that I might find myself laughing and I don’t know why – which is very true! I frequently look at her and start giggling. I have always thought she had a good sense of humour, though I’m not sure exactly how I would define that. Something absolutely true is that “she feels she is the center of attention, and rightly so.” Not only is Elsie the center of attention, I think she may even be the center of the universe…
When I asked about her history, the AC told me that she had about two really good years in a “good and respectful” relationship with a woman, after which came “loud male voices”. Unless Elsie isn’t making the information available, she didn’t experience physical abuse, but she did experience emotional neglect and/or abuse. Through that, she learned to be careful of human interaction, particularly with men. The AC said she is very smart, has “an innate sense of joy”, and her “steadiness” is hard earned. She has “good will” and is “a being worthy of great respect”.
I also asked about Elsie’s feelings towards other dogs, to which the AC replied that she has “very specific ground rules with regard to other dogs”, is cautious, and works to maintain her “large personal space”.
I found quite a bit of this to be accurate, specifically the GI and liver issues and what she was saying about her personality. There were a few things I’m not sure how to interpret – such as how, in the initial image, Elsie is sitting on a hip. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her sit on a hip, though I understand that not all the images are literal. I also wish I had asked a couple more questions, like why Elsie is terrified of hiccups. Not just surprised by them, but actually terrified. I’d also like to know about Arlo and Elsie’s relationship. She relates to Arlo very differently than she relates to any other dog, which can happen with dogs who live together, but I wonder why she initially took to him so quickly and without issue. She regularly comes out with my walking group and she still can’t be in the back of the car with the other dogs, and she was hardly tolerant with Max in the six months we had them both before Max passed away (we worked on our hurtling skills over gates in every doorway).
It was an interesting experience, for sure. If I can, I would like to set up another appointment for Arlo and for past dogs (Odin and Max), and if that happens I’ll be sure to write a report…