Magic’s return to Magic – the story of a lost animal FOUND

ImageSadly, Lost Animals are a big part of work as an Animal Communicator.  Some stories don’t end as well.  I wanted to share a story here by my dear friend and healer, Linda Joy.  

Guest blogger: Linda Joy, MSW      

Joan and I first met many years ago when she came to my house to have a conversation with my new kitten. From that point we became personal friends, and as time went on we became colleagues as well. She now refers her students and clients to me for energy healing (for anyone who knows her, she’s a big advocate of internal energy clearing, emotional as well as physical!); and I refer my clients and friends to her, knowing she will be of great help working with them to heal their pets’ illnesses and undesirable behaviors.

Recently our relationship went full circle as I sought her finely-tuned communication skills to help me find my missing cat, Magic. Magic is an indoor-outdoor kitty and one Sunday I had let her out the front door as I often do. On the days I’d forget to let her back in the front door, she’d climb up the backyard fence and come into the house through the pet door. However, one day about a month ago I noticed around dinner time that she hadn’t come back in. With one of those horrible realizations, I remembered my new fence that was put up and thought she might not be able to climb it. It was now dark outside, dinnertime, and I knew if Magic wasn’t back it was because she wasn’t able to get back for some reason.

I called Joan for intuitive communication help, and she tuned in to Magic right away. Joan said she “saw” Magic trying to climb up a fence. She said she wasn’t far from the house, but was possibly scared, disoriented, and hiding. Joan said because she was likely close by, it would be best to personally contact my neighbors and also ask them if I could check their backyards. The temperature was in the 30’s that evening, and I was half frozen walking door to door on my block. But with predators and freezing temperatures outside, I knew I couldn’t wait until morning. Although even if it had been daylight, because Joan sensed Magic wasn’t far, she stressed that personal contact with the neighbors would be the first step. Having Joan’s intuitive sense that Magic wasn’t too far was really critical information in highlighting what initially needed to be done.

I walked down my very dark block with my flashlight, knocking on doors and meeting neighbors I had never met before (one of the upsides of all of this!), looking in their backyards once I had permission. No Magic. I called Joan when I returned home and she asked if I had checked with the neighbor behind my house. I hadn’t, since I hadn’t thought Magic would even know to travel around the block to get there (she rarely goes far). But I trusted Joan’s inner sight and called the neighbor behind me. Sure enough, he had seen Magic that afternoon trying to get up the fence from his side. But she got spooked by another neighbor’s leaf blower and ran away. So I headed back outside in the dark to go door to door on that block as well. At 9pm I stopped at the last house and met a man named John. I described Magic and mentioned where I lived, checked his yard and headed back home cold and disappointed.

There was nothing more I could do at that point – other than pray, which I did! –  so I headed to the computer. Joan had recommended I look at the website for lost pet information and tips. It’s a terrific website with tips on finding pets based on their particular personality, whether they’re indoor/outdoor, etc. The site also offers, for a fee, an actual search in the Seattle area with specially trained dogs. I was exploring their suggestions and making a plan for the next morning when the doorbell rang around 11pm. Standing outside the door was my neighbor John, wearing no coat and holding Magic! He had gone outside to get his cat and in the yard next door he saw not only his cat, but Magic. His cat, or possibly the cold, or both, apparently drew her out of her hiding place. The dear man didn’t want to go get his coat and have Magic disappear so he picked her up and walked over to my house. I was so happy I gave him a huge hug!

I learned some important things from my missing cat episode:  1) contact a skilled animal communicator like Joan who will give vital clues as to where and how to begin the most appropriate kind of search;  2) depending on my pet’s personality and habits, different search methods are used (see;  3) if I do the hard work that’s necessary up front, there’s greater potential for a happy ending;  4) no matter how much she meows, don’t let Magic out the front door anymore!!

Training a Cat and other Random Toughts of an Animal Communicator

It doesn’t take a pet psychic to train a cat!!  Cats are very trainable and they enjoy it too.  I’m always intrigued by the sayings: “Well, he’s a cat you know,” or “You can’t train a cat”.  It’s just not true.  It is a different kind of training no doubt.

I don’t think they respond to old school dog training and probably wouldn’t be interested in high level dressage – although one of my cats Buster Keaton does like to hop on with me when I ride Rollie my horse.  Only for about 5 steps!!

Cats respond to structured play like I talk about in my book “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator.”   I do it successfully with the dogs and it works with the cats here too.  Here is a little video I made:

Training Cats!

In my household, we have lots of cat games we play.  Make no mistake: communication, games and cat training all work hand in hand!!  And yes, I’ve used food to associate with words.  Obviously in the above video they associate lunch with lunch!

I don’t always have to have lunch ready for them – though it’s nice.  90% of the time they do get a big treat.  If I’m handling a lot of things like getting ready for dinner or I have clients coming over, etc.,  I might be a little late on the treat delivery.  Yet, they still come running because they like to be engaged.

Even if you work all day and leave the house early in the morning when it’s dark and come home when its dark, you can still have structured play that works like training and is engaging and fun.  All you need is inventiveness, treats and a hallway!

I’ve included a wonderful article that was in the New York Times about cat training.  The writer Stephanie Clifford had a rogue naughty cat.  She invited Jackson Galaxy from the Animal Planet Show “My Cat From Hell” to help her.

In the article (and there are videos) she eventually leash trains her cat to go on walks.  The article is great because it wasn’t an easy go at first for the writer, yet she stuck to the program and eventually she and her cat created a very enjoyable activity they can do together.

Stephanie Clifford really lays out the steps to training.  And you can see what a wonderful character Jackson Galaxy is and why his methods are successful.

I have found in my years of work that all a naughty cat needs is a little structure.  Please share your cat training experiences here in the comments!

Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator and author of Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator (Hay House) is the founder of Communication with all Life University. Through private sessions, workshops, teleseminars and speaking events, Joan facilitates a deepening of the human/animal connection. Joan was chosen by MSN as one of the “Top 25 People Who Do What They Love”. Her healing CD, Animal Alchemy Energy Work for Animals and Their Humans, will be out in 2012. Her newest book, “Energy Healing for Animals, Techniques to Enhance the Health, Longevity & Happiness of the Animals We Love” will be also be out late 2012 (Sounds True).   “Animal Communication 101, Simple Steps to Communicate with Animals” is out January 2012.

What I learn from teaching Animal Communication and other Random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

I’m here in Denver, after teaching a 3 day Animal Communication workshop.  It was fun, it was intense, and, it was grand. 

I enjoyed everyone in the class and we were really lucky that this group of strangers came together so quickly and was so cohesive.

Obviously the people that are drawn to my classes are truly empathic and love animals.  I tend to draw another type of person to my group which is what I refer to as the ‘smarty pants types’.  Very smart, usually women are drawn to my style of teaching and my workshops.

This is a great thing as I love smart!  The drawback is sometimes they tend to be the type of person that is a little (or a lot) in their head.  What does this mean?

They are most likely to doubt themselves.  They are also used to a certain amount of success in other aspects of their life, so they are terrified of feeling wrong.  This was expressed in a really profound way by one of the students. 

She shut down at first and claimed she wasn’t getting anything from the animals.  She was really frustrated.  Eventually, she turned this around for herself and started picking up on the telepathy – the pictures, words and feelings from the animals.

Her courage and her commitment to be present was astounding.  She allowed herself to stretch and grow by leaps and bounds.  This helped everyone expand also.  All ships rise with the tide. 

Tonight, as I sent the whole class the e-mail list and pictures from the weekend, I also included the Kathryn Schultz Ted talk on being wrong:  Kathryn Schultz wrote: “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.”

Kathryn’s wonderful Ted talk helps us see what else is available when we understand that it is okay to be wrong.  Sometimes that’s just where life takes us!

The theory of being wrong as part of learning is explored and proven in a new book called “The Talent Code, Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown.  Here’s How.” by Daniel Coyle.  

If we don’t allow ourselves to ‘feel’ wrong, we can’t learn.

Ultimately, animal communication isn’t about being right or wrong.  Rather, it is about increasing accuracy.   Accuracy becomes like a developed muscle, creating a neuropath way to heightened intuition and better understanding of all beings.  With that, we can compassionately help shift, adjust or facilitate healing for all life. 

I’m really proud of the growth of all the students and love how far they went in a relatively short amount of time.  And, note to self: get out of your head and allow yourself permission for accuracy – and always be open to learning!!

Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator, Speaker & Author of “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator” –

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Dolphin Dreams and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Me playing with Sushi

 At least once a week since I have been back from the Dolphin trip, I have dolphin dreams.  I’m not normally a dreamer like that so this is unusual.  I daydream of being in the deep blue waters of Bimini and being able to hold my breath forever and swim and play with them.  The dolphin trip is software that is still installing in my being. 
If you don’t know about the dolphin trip, if you aren’t one of my friends or family that feels compelled to read my blog, if you are someone that happed upon this……the said dolphin trip was an Animal Communication Swim with Dolphins trip.  I was to teach animal communication and we were on a fabulous boat called Indigo with Dolphin Expeditions.  The crew was wonderful, all of them dolphin experts and offered a different angle or point of view.  The crew had amazing experiences collectively and individually with dolphins and that inviting warm bathwater like sea. 

There was no guarantee of dolphins – just a hope and in past experiences: some weeks they had some, some weeks they had none.  Some weeks they had plenty. 

Dolphins bring up childlike magic for people.  They stir joy in the crabbiest of people.  A smile washes across almost any face when they hear the word dolphin.  What is it about this mythical creature for us?  And what could we learn from such grace?

We left Bimini with our dolphin hopes and sure enough on the first evening we saw a dolphin and her baby and the next thing you know, we were in the water before we even learned to free dive!  The first couple of dolphins were magical and yet, throughout that week, the mystical dolphin week, dolphins seemed to multiply, coming out of nowhere.  As if they heard “Hey, those people are all in the water again, let’s go and play with them.” 

The first big swim I remember my mask fogging from tears of joy.  The second day of swimming with them I nearly choked on water consistently because I couldn’t stop giggling!  There aren’t words really that match the experience as a whole, the words I’m typing here are simply relaying some impressions.  Like any dream, I’ve lost all chronological order to the whole trip!

I had a moment out in the sea that I felt as though I were spun like a top in an enchanting dance, as our eyes locked, I was mesmerized into the soul of my dance partner, a dolphin.  Once I was still and the dizziness subsided, I realized that this dolphis had initiated me into some trance, another world, another way of thinking.

It is a dream to be in the blue so deep and to see dolphins swimming by.  Their whole body motion adds to their presence of a magnificent being.  Even more amazing was that they chose us to be their amusement, they wanted to engage, to play.  Their pods would circle us and have us stay as a pod as if we all played better together in teams.   

People kept asking me afterward, what did the dolphins tell you?  I must say, I was so enthralled by the experience that I went into the waters with joy, gratitude, hope…….those were wonderful feelings to sustain for the hours we played in the water each day. 

In the end it was pretty clear through the actions what they taught.  If I were to abridge the messages and the experience, the cliff notes would be twofold –  1.  Joy, gratitude and hope must become the most familiar of feelings within my whole being.  2. That we are also a really great species and to enjoy each other, to connect back up despite our differences and be a groovy pod.

As simple as that all appears, some days, all or part of it is a really tall order.  Yet, that’s my homework until I get my deep blue sea dolphin lessons next June.  I am eternally grateful that the dolphin experience is now part of my internal hard drive! 

Blessings, Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker

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Spring cleaning with Energy work and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Queen Latifah checking out the horse skull for Craniosacral class with Susan Crawford.

Queen Latifah checking out the horse skull for the Craniosacral Animal class with Susan Crawford, DC.


Rollie loves Animal Alchemy day - he gets energy work!

Rollie loves Animal Alchemy day - he gets energy work!

Remote Energy Work

Remote Energy Work for animals

Dawn checking Anya's crown chakra in my energy healing class.

Dawn checking Anya's crown chakra in my energy healing class.


I love to teach and love to learn.  During the month of March with all of the energy modalities that were taught here, we redefined March Madness!  It was the month of energy work a true spring cleaning.   I hosted a couple of great workshops and also taught Energy Healing for Animals with my Animal Alchemy class.   The classes ranged from the literal moving of stuff through clutter busting with Brooks  Palmer, the systems and bones with the Cranial Sacral for horses and dogs with Susan Crawford, D.C.  or Scalar Wave and other modalities in my energy class – it all had the same profound impact – giving people tools to clear out, clean out and move energy!

I’m a big believer in personal energetic management – in order to affect a change in others (i.e. being a healer or a great guardian to your animal companions) taking personal (energetic) responsibility is a great first step.  Whether it is literal physical energy as in STUFF, or the complexities of going into your own system and allowing the perfect right energy to settle – we have true gifts to offer ourselves and our beloveds. 

Energy Work on Dogs With Henry (the cat) watching.

Energy Work on Dogs With Henry (the cat) watching.


Dogs love craniosacral work!

Dogs love craniosacral work!Brooks Palmer's Clutter Busting workshop was great!Susan Crawford in demand as she teaches teams the craniosacral work on horses.

Queen Latifah wanted me to keep someone elses clutter - easy bake oven tins - can you blame her?
Queen Latifah wanted to save other people’s clutter (easy bake oven tins!)

Stay tuned for upcoming teleseminars, weekend Animal Communication workshops and more –

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker and Founder of Communication with all Life University  

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A Journey with a Friend

The story below was recently written and shared by Ruth Nielsen.  It is about her Bernese Mountain dog friend Winter.  When she e-mailed this out, I asked for her permission to reprint as it is such a wonderful reminder of being present with our animals and aware at that last juncture. 

The other irony and twist with this story is that about 10 years ago, Winter – the dog subject of the story is how Ruth and I met.  

We met because Winter refused to pull a cart and Ruth had been showing her other dog to great acclaim. We discovered Winter had an ‘incident’ prior to all of this that was triggered by all of the cart apparatus.  As a result, Winter would just shut down.  She called me into their lives to find out why! 

While he didn’t have to ever show again with the cart, we helped him get over it just for him – part by communication, part by her continued de-sensitizing, part by continued training and mostly because he’s a rockstar!! 

It took them a long time but he ultimately earned the top draft/carting title.  He went on to also enjoy other disciplines and hikes and companionship.  He was a lot tougher than Ruth ever thought!

As fate would have it – it was well worth every effort to help him oh so many years ago get past his hesitance with the cart.  It turns out with his degenerative disease that he would indeed need wheels.  He so proudly raced up mountain tops and city streets as if this was what he was born to do – to continue to thrive.  Now the great story of Winter is winding down – and Ruth has a lot to say about this:

 A Journey with a Friend

My friend and I are coming to the end of a long journey.  We have traveled together for years, but this part of our journey is something new.  We haven’t been down this path before and even though I can’t see the end of the path, I know that for my friend the journey will soon be over.   He is old and tired, and can no longer walk without my help.    We have been together for such a long time and shared so many adventures along the way that my heart aches knowing that we are nearing the end of our time together.  Still, I don’t want to make my friend unhappy, so I try to think only about the present – my friend is still with me and I am grateful for his company.  

As we travel on in companionable silence, I wonder what my friend is thinking.   Does he want to stop? Is the path too hard?   Should we quit now and say our goodbyes without going any further?   I know that I can choose to say goodbye at any point along the path, but I find that I can’t ask him to quit and say goodbye just yet – not after everything we’ve been through together – so we continue on our way.   My friend accepts my help with grace as I resort to carrying him over some rough parts of the path.   His silent dignity makes it easier for me to help him, even though I can’t stop thinking about the many times on our travels when he would run ahead of me, full of energy, and then stop to wait for me to catch up.   Now he leans all his weight against me and I know his once strong legs will not support him anymore.

We stop to rest and sit by the side of a beautiful flowing river.   My friend falls asleep with his head in my lap, and I stroke his head softly, thinking of our years together and all that we have shared.  Occasionally other travelers walk by.  Some stop to talk, and ask about my friend.   They tell me I must be a very special friend to help him along this difficult path.  I can only smile in return.  How could I not help my friend after everything we have done together, and everything he has done for me?  Some people shake their heads and I know they think I am foolish for carrying my friend along the path.  Perhaps I should have said goodbye to him long ago, before the path got so very difficult. 

My friend wakes, and I see in his old eyes nothing but the love we have shared in our companionship over the years.  He doesn’t speak, but sings softly, a tune that reminds me of other days, when we climbed mountains together and explored wild places, and slept side by side under the stars.   I listen to his song and I know it comes from the heart.  It is a song of a journey shared between friends who are traveling their last road together.  

I help my friend to rise, and now all his weight is on me.  I will carry him, I will stop to rest when I need to, and I will listen to his song as we slowly follow the river.  When the song is over, then perhaps it will be time to say goodbye.  But not yet, my friend.  I will wait for you to tell me you have traveled far enough.  I can carry you until then ~  

Written with much love for my 12 ½ year old Winter-boy who is still singing to me  –

Ruth Nielsen, Seattle, WA with Winter, Tonka and baby-boy Frost

MSN Careers – 25 people who do what they love – Career Advice Article

MSN Careers – 25 people who do what they love – Career Advice Article.  Very excited to be on this list!!!  And I am eternally grateful that I get to do what I do.  Here is the article:



25 people who do what they love

By Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder


When I set out to find people who love their jobs so much that they can’t believe they get paid to do it, the response was overwhelming. Which is awesome, because we love it when you love your job!

So let’s get to it. Without further ado, here are 25 people who can’t believe they get paid to do these awesome jobs: 

“I’m co-owner and photographer at Bark Pet Photography, a Los Angeles-based pet photography business. I get paid to play with animals.” — Kim Rodgers

“I am a travel writer and photographer who focuses on adventure. When I’m not zigzagging around the planet — swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands or roaming the remote jungles of India — I’m writing about my adventures, the environment, fitness, health and wellness, extraordinary people and social injustice issues.” — Sarah Sekula, freelance writer

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“I’m a reality casting director. It’s my job to find fascinating individuals, who have amazing life stories and get to tell their stories to millions of viewers worldwide. From raging seniors (“Sunset Daze”) to single millionaires (“The Millionaire Matchmaker”), my job never gets old. I don’t just create icons … I create the shows that distract people from their day-to-day lives and also create a common social thread.” — Vinnie Potestivo, Entertainment, Inc.

“I work with cover songs! We have a service called Limelight that lets artists and bands secure the rights to release any cover song for CD, download, ringtone or streaming. I develop ways to share this service with bands, choirs, a cappella and other musical groups worldwide. Very cool to be helping musicians in 79 countries simplify what can be a complicated process. Also very cool to be helping songwriters get paid!”— Michael Kauffman, SVP of sales and marketing at RightsFlow

“I’m a food writer and recipe developer, which means I get paid to create delicious things to eat! I write cookbooks, but also work for magazines (I created the recipes for ‘Bon Appetit’ magazine’s December Christmas Dinner Spectacular) and for corporate clients. Ever wonder who makes up the recipes that appear on the back of food packages? For some products, that’s me!” — Jill Silverman Hough

“I get to come up with and create new candy ideas for my company, Some of my ideas include candy necklaces and giant gummy letters. I work with my dad, David Klein, who is also a candy inventor. He invented Jelly Belly’s and Sour Licorice.” — Roxy Klein, Can You Imagine That! Inc.

“I am a boudoir photographer. I have women come to me for beautiful, tasteful images for their honey. What is most interesting (and gratifying) to me is when they leave, they realize that it is more for them than for the one they came in to give a gift to.” — Jill Thibodeau

“I own a lifestyle photographer business. I basically focus on families and children. When I’m not photographing families, I meet mommies out at parks or at their house and basically play with the kids while I take their photos. A happy child in their own element makes for great images. My job is to make them laugh and play, while I capture them carefree and enjoying life.” — Gwendolyn Allen

“I have a part-time job I love called ‘author escort’ or ‘literary escort.’ I get paid to drive authors around the Seattle area when they come here on book and media tours. It’s a fantastic job that puts me in regular contact with top journalists, scholars and writers. The people I have escorted include a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a famous wrestler, Stephanie Meyers, a bomb detonation expert, Anthony Bourdain, Dr. Cornell West, etc.” — Diane Duthweiler, Book It Northwest

“I’m a freelance audio engineer. I’m paid to travel around the world and mix audio for live concerts — and being paid to see live music and travel the world is a heck of a benefit. I get to see lots of the world and work with very interesting people and organizations. From major-label bands to mixing shows for troops overseas, I’ve had lots of great experience.” — Joe Shambro

“I work for a small company called Ludus Tours, a tour outfitter that focuses on global events like the Olympics, World Cup, Running of the Bulls and Oktoberfest. While I am in the office my job role is to focus on non-traditional marketing and seek PR and press opportunities. My job has sent me to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany twice and to Running of the Bulls in Spain. My job while I was there was to learn the city and the festival and make sure clients had a good time. Making sure the clients enjoyed themselves included drinking beer and/or wine (depending on the festival) and showing them two of the best cities in Europe!” –Victoria Whyte

“Infertile women seek my expertise to become a seemingly impossible fertile mother-to-be. In a moment I transform a desperate, empty soul into a thriving vessel of life. To help create life is the most fulfilling career. When my swollen-bellied mamas waddle through my door, I know I have changed not just one life for the better, but an entire family.” — Kristen Burris

“I run an outdoor movie and events company. We show movies outside on the inflatable movie screens that we designed.” — Chris Malloy, owner and executive producer, Community Events, LLC

“I run an adventure travel company for women. As part of that, I guide trips to absolutely amazing places such as Italy, Bhutan, Nepal and Kilimanjaro. I definitely can’t believe I get to make a living doing it!”– Marian Marbury, Adventures in Good Company

“I love every aspect and every minute of being a personal chef. In fact, there are many times in the middle of a cooking day, or a client’s dinner party, or while teaching a cooking class that I actually think to myself, ‘I’m getting paid to do something I love!’ How many hard-working people out there can say that? I love the freedom, the responsibility and the daily challenges that this line of work offers me.” — Ellen McCreight Grant, Everyday Personal Chef Service

“I’m a standup comedian. I love every single second of what I do. I think it’s so important in life to do what you love. So many people spend eight hours of the day (an extremely huge chunk when you multiply it by five days a week every month of every year) staring at the clock dying to get home.” — Jim Dailakis, actor, writer, comedian, voiceover artist

“I’m a professional magician. Entertaining people with magic is one of the most satisfying experiences I can imagine, and every performance brings me something new and exciting. It’s enormously gratifying to experience the whole range of responses I regularly get from my audiences, from wonder, amazement and disbelief to laughter and outright glee at times. I like to think that a big part of my job is spreading joy. How cool is that?” — Mitch Williams, Magic Productions

“For the past four years, I have been a professional organizer. I primarily work with residential and small business clients to help them overcome the overwhelm that comes from being disorganized. I absolutely love working with my clients and witnessing the changes they are capable of while we work together and after we complete our work together. Working with people to help them move forward with their goals can’t be beat.” — Andrea Sharb, Certified Professional Organizer® and Certified Organizer Coach®

“Every day I get to consult with people and their animals. I connect telepathically with the animal and figure out what is going on for the pet, behaviorally, emotionally or physically. Every day is very different. A couple of days a week I’m on the phone connecting with people and their animals over the phone via pictures of their animal(s). Other days I’m in people’s homes or in barn aisles talking to horses.” — Joan Ranquet, animal communicator, author, speaker and founder of communication with all Life University

“I’m a celebrity makeup artist. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to cities like Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Marseilles, to name a few, with Rachael Ray. I couldn’t believe that they actually paid me to rub baby oil on Chad Ochocinco’s awesome body for a GQ photo shoot. I’ve had President Bill Clinton ask me if I thought his hair looked alright. I honestly get paid to do what I would be happy to do for free.” — Kim White

“I work as a chef primarily, but on the side I act as a farm-to-consumer liaison in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties, Wisconsin. That entails traveling through the county, meeting and talking to farmers, sampling produce and checking out herds and then linking them up with families and businesses that could use the item(s) they produce.” — Christine Campbell

“I’ve been a birth doula for more than 14 years and have helped bring 419 babies
into the world. When my phone rings, often at 3:00 a.m., I wake up smiling, knowing that I will be going to work soon to do the greatest job ever!” –Tracy Hartley

“I get to bring inventions to life! Inventors send me prototypes of their new ideas, I have them evaluated for safety issues, and I then take the prototypes and send them out to China factories for quotes. We then select a factory, I address all safety issues with the factory, we go into production and I legally import the products into the USA (or wherever the client wishes) — thus bringing my clients’ ideas to life.” — Edie Tolchin, “The Sourcing Lady,” owner EGT Global Trading
“As a professional rum drinker, I visit distilleries, taste great rum and consult with some of the best people in the industry.” — Edward Hamilton, founder, Ministry of Rum

“I’m a mystery shopper. I get paid to visit restaurants, theme parks, hotels, casinos, grocery stores, upscale retail stores and more by visiting the venues and reporting back on service and timings. I make my own hours and work for as many or few companies as I choose.” — Pam “PamInCA,” president, Myster Shopper’s Coalition

“Every day I get up and my day involves chocolate from start to finish, whether it’s production, teaching classes, hosting corporate and charity events or traveling around the world. Sometime I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s real. I truly love what I do, and I can hardly believe it’s real. I’m in the process of starting a little internet-TV show … the fun never ends!” — Julie Petch, author “The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate.”

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Rachel Farrell researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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Do our animals reincarnate or do we magnetically call in the same archetypal being?

When Francesca the new cat walked in 2 years to the day that Alexandria the cat had gone missing, one had to review the eerie set of similar circumstance surrounding how I got the new cat.  I suppose you don’t have to, that’s just the kind of chick I am.  I love to ponder these things.

People always ask me “will my dog/cat/horse come back to me” with determination that there will be this magnetic pull that will reunite the two souls.  In the case of the animals I have around me, I would say we have a whole soul family going.

Reuniting is a comforting thought; it eases the pain magnificently at the time of someone departing.  I heard my mother talk about the party being too noisy in the room on her death bed and I saw my father utterly amazed at whom and what he was seeing just hours before his death.  It was so startling for him and awe inspiring, he couldn’t speak, he didn’t utter a word from that moment on. 

It’s pretty clear that when we leave this life we reunite.  We love the idea that there is a continuum like matriculating back for graduation or something.  Many people tell me right off the bat that the dog or cat I’m there to talk to is the reincarnated version of a soul that had lived in their house for many lifetimes.  People will have striking recollections of the story.

In the above picture here, you see Francesca sitting next to a picture of Alexandria.  In that picture frame/box are Alexandria’s little keepsakes and Francesca sits there a lot. 

Alexandria ruled with a firm hand.  She didn’t let Olivia (the dog) as a puppy  understand that she might on some level even sort of kind of maybe like her (though we discovered they loved each other later).  Olivia is always tentative around cats, one of her true obsessions partly because she wanted Alexandria to like her so much.

In the mid 90’s when I still lived in Los Angeles, I had gotten a frantic call from my friend Jenni.  She said that someone had dropped a cat off with a box full of kittens to her next door neighbor’s yard (a known cat rescuer).  The kittens were running amuck and the mother was going into heat.  Jenni was out gathering kittens and saving them from the predators in the Hollywood Hills.  Out of my mouth flew the words “I’ll take the mother”.  I brought Alexandria home that night.  The kittens all had homes within 24 hours.

Alexandria lived with me and entertained me like no other friend.  We went from LA to Seattle to Denver to Florida and back.  We picked up a husband and his kids along the way and returned to the Seattle area with no people just more animals.  We had much adventure in 13 years and lived in many settings: Urban, suburban, 3 beach areas and 3 farms (she loved visiting guesthouses and ski condos) .  On the 30th of August 2007, she disappeared.  

Through my work as an Animal Communicator – having helped thousands of people and animals reunite, this was a heartbreaking story for me.  For a long time, I really just missed my best friend.  

I couldn’t get another cat for quite some time.  On the 30th of August 2009 a friend called and said “I have a feral cat I found stalking my birds in a cage”.  I was moving into a new place, I thought perfect, she can be my feral barn cat.  I won’t get too attached.  The same thing slipped out of my mouth – “I’ll take her”.

This new cat, Francesca was not feral, not a barn cat and like Alexandria was a child bride – quite pregnant.  I would say she’s a hobby hunter.  She walked into the new house with the boxes all over with her tail up as though she owned the joint.  She went up and kissed Olivia on the lips and Isabella the other dog had to learn all about life with cat(s).  And I’m attached.  She went straight to all of the furniture and boxes of stuff that Alexandria loved.

Is the personality the same?  Not exactly.    Daily, we have spurts like Alexandria did of what I call “wacky cat” and she does love her fun.  There are plenty of other little Alexandria quirks, similarities and notable conditions and some nothing like her.

Somehow I drew back either a reincarnation or distinct archetypal characteristics of a very charming loveable kitty.  If it is Alexandria reincarnated, and this soul has come back – I want to give the space for her to expand for her soul’s journey this lifetime in whatever that looks like.  If it’s a fresh soul to my world – we have certainly enjoyed the learning curve so far.  We started our adventure raising kittens together!

Have you had an animal come back?  Do you continually draw back the same archetypal companion or relationship?  I’d love to hear from you –


Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker and Founder of Communication with all Life University      

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Raven Flight School and other raven and random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

A Raven has a very different world view of the above pictures…..for us, thesimplistic description would be: it looks like the tops of trees, some scattered clouds, clouds and the sky – nothing to write home about.   For a Raven, it’s a giant unending playground and home of Raven Flight School.  Raven Flight School will forever be one of my cherished memories – I’ll try to give it the tribute it deserves……….

I feel fortunate that my life has been decorated by some amazing Raven stories.  I suppose anyone else that knows Ravens wouldn’t be in a panic as we enter the autumn to think that this family of Raven’s could be migrating south.  You’d already know the answer to that.  Not I, admitted city chick on a farm, I always have a life size lesson to learn in short order.  Autumn always brings change; I don’t feel ready to lose my Raven friends just yet.  Thank God as I understand it now, they may not migrate south; I wasn’t ready to lose more “family”. 

Sometimes, I’m just a little slow.  I could see that these two big black birds were larger than crows.  Because I have an original fear of birds (perhaps another blog session) and have overcome it for the most part (perhaps part 2 of the prior said blog session that could emerge), birds will forever be an anomaly.  As a result, they show up.  My mother LOVED birds.  I have learned through time to love, adore and admire birds.  This was not my first choice.  As an acquired taste, it has become a ridiculously fun hobby – I’m addicted like a convert. 

These alleged large crows late last winter were rather loud.  And, who do you call and complain about this particular type of rowdy neighbor?  I started suspecting they weren’t crows and they were so to themselves being industrious on the other side of the pasture.  They’d fly over me with this almost little rattling flute sound – that’s when I suspected late fall, early winter that they were not crows, they were in fact Ravens.

Well, bird lover or not, Ravens have been a totem for me.  Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest (and living everywhere but here until recently), I am well aware of the Raven mythology of basically jumpstarting civilization by stealing the “light”.  One could say – Ravens are EnLIGHTENING.   Ted Andrews suggests: expect magic with them around in his famous book Animal Speak.  I have a Tlingit Tribe Raven carving right above the picture window facing their (my raven friend’s nest). 

There is that oodaling sound they make that sets them apart from anything else.   If swiftness had a sound attached, the Raven wing motion would be just that – up close there is almost like a little soundtrack that embodies their flight.   Seven flying over at once is quite impressive as though someone were cutting through a swath of fabric.  These were not crows.  And because this particular family is so ‘colorful’ with personality and quibbling, who couldn’t notice? 

I noticed things like chicken wings in the horses water troughs……..partial loaves of French bread on my mounting block in the round pen…………..on occasion as I led horses across the pasture for turn out, I noticed broken eggs.  These Ravens actually would taunt my dogs, and they would fly low to get the dogs close, barking emphatically, and then the Ravens would whip up into the sky. 

With all the loudness, I assumed two things, either:  1. others were raiding the nests and that’s why I was finding shells in the pasture, or 2. there was some bizarre sexual nest take over like these Ravens were channeling a ‘70’s swinger film like “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”!  I mean this was so LOUD.  Really, what else could it be?

Admittedly, I had feelings (maybe even judgment) about the nest takeover by predators and/or the idea that this was a group of Raven swingers.   At that point, I had no idea that Ravens are lifelong partners; I just suspected that this was somehow the survival of the fittest.

I also didn’t realize how FAST a newborn is a fledgling.  Additionally – I didn’t know how long they hang on to the original family, how long they live and how family oriented they are. 

My biggest discovery was how WRONG I was on my suspicion and it was nothing more than a suspicion at that point.  As a result of minimal research, I discovered both of my ideas were just that – crazy ideas.   Baby Ravens, fledglings are huge rather quickly…….so some of the screaming and the wild nest antics were simply some fledglings thinking they needed to start out on a flying spree and some parents cawing “You’re not old enough” with the staccato cadence of a strict Raven parent.  On my end of the pasture, this all sounded like mayhem.

Flight school began whether the parents, me, the dogs, the horses or the kittens were ready for it….it was a loud daily raucous experience.  The first few weeks of flight school may be a little like living next door to a family with kids that are in a rock band or something – it is no small thing.

And then the visual……breathtaking and dramatic – believe it or not, I sat on the edge of your seat or the porch.  Imagine the nest is very high up in a very tall tree.  And my vantage point is from on top of a hill that is proportionate in height to view this as if I’m part of command center in flight school.  The scary part is I’m really not – so we hold our breath from branch to branch.

Mom (or Dad) takes the first graceful flight from one branch across the pasture to another branch and lands.  The branch rises up and down based on the weight and velocity of the landing, the Mom elegantly turns around and screams “okay now – you can do it”.  So Fledgling #1 jumps off and scrambles, and SCREAMS the whole time.  The wing motion is not in rhythm (like I can judge from the porch) and is a little chaotic and I want to say – “quit screaming and keep your eye on the ball/branch” but this screaming fledgling unbalanced frantic Raven makes it across to a branch about 15 feet below mom and continues screaming for the next 5 minutes. 

Because of all of the (e)motion, the branch continues to bounce which unsettles the fledgling even more.  Of course I’m about to sedate myself and we have 6 more fledglings to go.  The 6 screaming fledglings from the nest don’t seem quite convinced at this point any of this is a good idea.  So they all continue just to scream to their long lost sibling across the pasture on the bouncing branch.  I mean now, how does anyone get home?  

At long last, another screaming fledgling jumps off and it is very reminiscent of the first.  Now we have two screaming fledglings on my end of the pasture, branches a bouncing up and down.  I haven’t translated enough screaming Raven fledgling enough to know yet whether they thought that was the coolest or the dumbest thing on the planet but we all know performance nerves and fear can have the same drive through the system.   Either way it’s loud. 

 Eventually, and dramatically, they all get to my end of the pasture and back again.  This goes on for days – louder than ever.  In the early stages of Raven flight school, the usual antics stopped, they were not baiting my dogs, they were not leaving French bread in the round pen and they were not cleaning Kentucky Fried chicken legs off in my horse’s water troughs.  They were very concentrated on getting each fledgling from one end of the pasture and back again.  This could take all day.

At some point, we worked solely on Left turns.  It was remarkable.  That lasted a few days and then we worked on Right turns.  The tone of Raven screaming was more like, this is fun, you can do it – more encouraging vs. panic.   Sometimes the takeoff was rocky.  Another fascinating moment – or many moments would be when they hit an unexpected air pocket – it would rock their world and they really had to figure out their rhythm and balance as if it was cheating to hit the airstream! 

Now when I watch any bird fly, I watch for cadence, tempo, and rhythm in the same way I watch a performance horse.  I can see with in a moment of watching the wings come up and down as to whether it is a teenager or a seasoned professional.  I watch it like seeing a young hip looking teenager navigate with high heels on for their first prom.  I watch it like seeing a young acne ridden athlete try to come off as cool.  I secretly note that one day this will be spectacular flyer and am so grateful to be in on this little secret.  The secret being: not all flight for all birds is the same.

Months later as this family of 7 Ravens continues to fly, play and live together, it is amazing to me to watch them all go back to the nest daily.  They are all sophisticated; I couldn’t tell the parents from the kids at this point.  It is indeed a family.

One thing I adore about Ravens is I am clearly adopted into this family.  When I come out of my house in the morning, most days one if not many of them greet me.  They love to play games with me now like “oh you have a camera – we’ll hide in the trees for days” when normally they are showing off all day long.

One of the most amazing stories is when the kitties (who are just over a year now) first started going outside, the fledglings were still fledglings.  I was mindful as to whether or not the Ravens would be predators to my darlings.  We (the parents and I) each had a lot to protect. 

Even though a Raven is still in the songbird category and not a raptor, I knew that they preyed on small mammals if need be.  Again, unaware of how “family” oriented they were, I was and remain careful.  Even though my kitties are 1 year plus now, I have eagles, hawks, coyotes, cougars and bobcats to worry about.  I’m not thinking the bears are a threat……

I have always heard about the spectacular aerial performances of mating Ravens.  I had never witnessed it.  One day however, I heard more than usual crazy cawing.  The kittens were out and I on phone sessions with clients – it was a nice day, so I was mainly on the deck but I had stepped inside for a moment.

When I came out, my kitties had run to the deck like they hit home base.  I watched as not many feet away, there was an aerial demonstration by 4 of the Ravens as they shooed off a hawk in a demonstrative and dramatic way.  I realized we are one big family across the pasture.  The horses are in the middle, the dogs are fun to tease, I am their friend and they too protect the cats.  That’s when I fell in love.  

So the idea of migration was starting to really hit me.  I know they would come back to this nest, but, I’m really hooked on them now.  I want to see their fledglings and their fledgling’s fledglings’ and so on and so on like a Clairol commercial.  

One last little image here, I thought they knew my car but I had a moment that proved me right.  It is approximately three miles of paved and unpaved roads to get to my place.  When the Ravens were about 3 months old, I was half way to town and I had a 7 Raven salute escort all the way to town. 

I learned two things that day:  1. they do know my car and the bonus is – they had fun doing that. 2. the French bread probably did come from the grocery store!

 Everyone should be adopted by a family of Ravens – and get to watch flight school!! 

Blessings, Joan

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker & Founder of Communication with all Life University

Signs from the Universe and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

A client, “Cindy” called because she was about to adopt a darling little dog.  Her challenge was not the adoption, but feeling pushed into the adoption.  It felt rather soon after the loss of her heart dog, Amelia and she was feeling as though her other dog at home – Ben would feel slighted. 

We harbor a loyalty of our feelings for the animal that we lost.  We do have to honor that space that the beloved animal left.  Everyone is different in how they handle the loss and the discomfort it brings up.  For some, they can’t stand the emptiness and have to fill the space with another animal right away.  Others, it takes a long time to be ready for another animal to come in and take over their heart and home.    

In the session, we connected with the dog Ben and he was okay about the idea of a new dog as it would be the first time in his 17 years that he would be on the top of the pack and could boss someone around!  Fortunately the new dog is a little timid so this could be a good match.

Cindy had her doubts about the whole adoption.  She confided that the night before, she connected with her heart dog Amelia (that had crossed over) and said “If I’m supposed to get this dog, please send me a sign”. 

Cindy then told me her husband takes care of most of the errands but he was off on a project that day.  So she went to the post office.  She bought some stamps and when she started to place them on envelopes, she read the stamp.  It said: Adopt a pet from a shelter today. 

So often we brush off these signs.  They are always there for us.  It may not be the literal voice of authority we need to hear or an apparition in our driveway on our way to the grocery store.  They are subtle and ever present. 

The new dog will never fill that void.  Nor will you fill the void for the people that are missing from this shelter dog’s life now.   You can occupy space in the void together and discover a whole new little soul on your journey to heal.    

Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker

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