The Pet Wisperer

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Everyone can communicate with animals. The only reason the entire human race isn’t doing it is because we have been conditioned not to. As we grow up we are taught to ignore our intuition, but, by tuning back in to our senses, we can open the doorway to inter-species communication.I first discovered animal communication existed in 2004. I’d adopted my first dog, an eight-year-old mutt called Morgan. He looked so miserable all the time I thought I was doing something wrong. So when I was invited to an animal communication workshop, I decided to give it a try.The teacher told us how he could talk to animals. It took all my willpower not to laugh. We were put into pairs and told to swap the photos – which were face down – that we’d brought of our animals. Then we were told to guess which animal was in the picture.

I looked at the back of the photo and scribbled on my notepad the first word that came into my mind. I just heard it, almost as though it had been whispered in my ear: ‘Rabbit’. When I turned the photo over I found myself staring into the soft shiny eyes of a deep rich sepia-coloured rabbit.

My partner told me this rabbit was called Mr Butch. Then the teacher instructed us to ask our animal a few rudimentary questions: ‘What’s his favourite food?’, ‘What’s his favourite activity?’, ‘Who’s he in love with?’ My mind was racing with doubt but my internal dialogue went like this: ‘I’ve been told to talk to you, but obviously you can’t hear me because you’re a photo, a photo of a rabbit and rabbits can’t talk.’ ‘Who do you think is listening to you then?’I heard this response like a voice inside me, but it was a confrontational, unhappy male voice. Was the rabbit in the photo really talking to me? Surely not? ‘Did you just speak to me?’ I asked warily. ‘Yes,’ came that voice again.Some of the things Mr Butch said didn’t make sense. But some of them were correct. Mr Butch’s big love was an espresso-coloured rabbit. He was an impatient rabbit with attitude, who would also come inside and sit on his owner’s sofa at the same time every Saturday evening.

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Joey:The Dog Who Is Allergic To Cats And Can Only Eat Potatoes And Porridge

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For most dogs the idea of chasing the neighbourhood cat followed by a relaxing hour or three chewing on a bone is heaven.But not for Joey, a five-year-old Alsatian-Collie who is allergic to almost everything – including cats.Joey’s allergies are so bad he can’t even go bounding around in a grassy field or enjoy a dip in a river.

And there’s no Pedigree Chum for poor Joey either – he’s allergic to meat.That means he has to survive on a diet of potatoes and porridge provided by his loving owners Lisa McCormack, 25, and Scott Muirhead, 36, from Hamilton, Lanarkshire.Mr Muirhead said: ‘Joey was consistently breaking out in boils and sores and we were scratching our heads over why.’He can’t even chase a cat or he’ll break out in a rash. We couldn’t believe it.’After a year of trips to the vets we finally got a special blood test performed to see what was going on.’The results said it all and our local vets were baffled. They had never seen anything like it in a dog before.

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‘There are two columns on the results sheet and you need a zero on both to show there is no allergy.’Joey had this for practically nothing. Some of the only things he got zeros for food-wise was potatoes, barley and oats.’His owners now hope a new type of antibiotic and specialised dog food will give Joey a new lease of life.’He’s looking much better,’ said Miss McCormack, a nursery worker.’He’s coming around all right now and his skin condition is improving. We hope it continues and he can live life like a normal dog.’

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