Recently, I had fun speaking with Tim Link, animal communicator, author of Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale, and beginning in January 2011, he will be hosting a new show, Animal Writes, on Pet Life Radio. He will be interviewing best selling pet-related authors, award winning writers and journalists that focus on stories about animals and bloggers with interesting topics to share about pets. (Bloggers like me, no doubt)… :-)
Here is the interview:
so you start off sessions with animals asking the pet if it’s ok, has one ever said no?
There is definitely a process that I follow when I initiate communication with any animal. The first thing that I do is ask their permission to communicate with them. Thankfully, I’ve only had one cat ever tell me that they were busy. When I asked the owner what her cat was doing at the time, the owner looked out the window into her backyard and saw her cat “getting affectionate” with another cat. So, we both laughed and I tried again later (with success that time). When someone calls me about a sudden behavior change in their pet, I ask the pet if it is feeling well. If the pet tells me that they don’t feel well, then I ask him/her to share with me what area of their body is causing them pain or irritation. They then communicate with me through an image, feeling or by telling me using words where the problem exists. From there, I do an energetic scan (using Reiki energy) of their body to confirm what the pet is experiencing. Reiki energy allows me to feel what they are experiencing in their bodies. Once the communication has ended, I clear myself of those feelings so that they don’t linger.
do you just talk to dogs and cats? have you ever talked to bunnies, horses and other animals, too?
I can communicate with any type of animal. My wife likes going with me to zoos and aquariums. She’s always asking me to find out what the different types of animals have to say and asking me to have them turn around so that she can take their pictures. It was her idea for me to communicate with the praying mantis that I wrote about in my book, Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale.
Years ago when I worked at Best Friends and I interviewed Susan McElroy, I remember her telling me that pets communicate thru images, to focus on images and it worked quite well for me and my cats. We were having fun communicating that way. But you said you hear words sometimes?
My gift to be able to communicate with animals allows the animals to share their thoughts with me in whatever way they are most comfortable. Thus, I am able to hear words or whole sentences, see pictures or images, receive tastes, smells and feel what they feel or are experiencing emotionally.
when cici was recuperating from being hit by a car a few years ago and had to be confined, I meditated using visualizations seeing her running and playing at the beach, that seemed to relax her, often she would fall asleep, do you have any tips like that for pet owners to use?
Whenever an animal has been through a traumatic event and their body needs to heal, I always suggest to the families to see their pet as healthy and whole and not to focus on the problem at hand. This sets the intention for the animal to recover more quickly without feeling the stress and anxiety that they may otherwise feel from not being “perfect” in our eyes.
any tips for pet owners to use to learn how to talk with their pets?
Everyone is born with the ability to communicate telepathically with animals and other humans. The important thing to remember about being successful in using telepathy is to first relax, quiet the mind and body and become centered using meditation or whatever technique you are comfortable with. Once this is done, the telepathic communication channels will naturally open. Ask your pet a question by simply thinking about it. Then trust whatever answer you receive. Think of yourself as a radio receiver. Once you are tuned in to the right channel, you will hear clearly.
it also seems that cici ‘hears’ me better or listens better when i talk to her non-verbally (telepathically) rather than verbally. do you find that to be true of most animals?
Animals are used to communicating telepathically with other animals. So, it is only natural for them to hear your thoughts and envision the images that you think about in relation to what you are saying. They are also empathic. They can feel what you feel. If you are sick, angry, happy, stressed, etc. they can feel this energy, too, and be affected by it.
what is the most rewarding/healing/or surprising experience you’ve ever had talking with animals?
There have been many rewarding and surprising experiences in the 6+ years since I discovered my gift of being able to communicate with the animals. One of the most memorable was when I was asked to help with a Jack Russell Terrier that had a brain tumor. He was actually the pet of the daughter who was studying abroad. While she was away, her dog stayed with her mom. When the vet said that the dog only had a few days to live based on the progression of the brain tumor, I was asked to communicate with the dog. The mother wanted me to ask the dog remain alive long enough for the daughter to come home from school to say goodbye to the dog. This would have been a few weeks more than the few days he was given. The dog understood the request and miraculously stayed alive for an additional week after the daughter came home.
how can people improve their communications with their animals?
People communicate telepathically with their pets all the time without even knowing it. When they think of something or are feeling a certain way, the pet knows about it or senses it. The important thing for people to do is to trust their own intuition when it comes to their pets. If your pet has suddenly changed its behavior or stopped eating, you will know that there is something wrong. The key is to find out what that “something” is.
how do you coax an animal into talking with you and/or sharing about illness?
Thankfully, animals are very open with me. I simply ask them to share with me what area of their body is causing pain or irritation and listen to what they tell me or show me. I have never had an animal refuse to tell me what was wrong with them. After all, they don’t like being out of sorts any more than we do.
seems like you mostly talk to cats (in your book), are there differences between talking to cats and dogs? if so, what and are cats or dogs more talkative or just personality?
There really isn’t any difference in talking with one species or another. However, they are as unique as we are due to their own personalities. So, I find out how they like to communicate and then proceed from there. I have made a few interesting observations, though. I find that younger animals don’t usually have the attention span of an older animal. I also find that animals that don’t have as much human contact (like those in zoos) seem more surprised when I communicate with them.
anything else you would like to share?
The 32 stories in my book cover a broad range of concerns: lost pets, sick pets, pets with trust issues, pets with behavioral concerns, etc. There are also 24 helpful tips that anyone can implement with their pets without having my gift of being able to communicate with animals at the same level in which I do.
More about the book: From helping a lost cat find her way home to comforting a dog after back surgery, Tim shares stories that are funny and heartwarming. You can purchase the book online at Tim’s website or Amazon.