Floppycats.com asked Debbie Johnstone, a pet talker, to answer some questions we had about animal communication as well as questions about her services. Thank you, Debbie, for the interview.
Debbie Johnstone is located in Phoenix, AZ can be reached through her website: http://www.listen2animals.com/ or via phone at (480) 444-2341.
Answers are Copyright of Debbie Johnstone.
1. How long have you been communicating with animals?
I have been hearing and talking with animals most of my life. My earliest memories are of me at around the age of 3, playing with a neighborhood kitty, name Boots. I thought everyone could hear what they were saying. I have done this most of my life, but choose a career in Interactive Technologies where I spent almost 30 years. In early 2001 I began feeling that I needed to return to my passion and work with animals. I began volunteering at a local horse rescue (http://azequinerescue.org/) and connecting to the animal world once again. The horses were such wonderful teachers and the more time I spent with them, the more I realized that I wanted to spend all my time talking to animals. I created a 2-year plan to start my own animal communication business and leave my corporate job, which I did in 2003. I have been a full-time animal communicator since then.
2. How does one communicate with animals?
Animal Communication is a form of intuitive or telepathic or energetic communication, a non-verbal language. It is something that we are born with and is a very natural ability. When we are babies, we see animals as being no different then ourselves. They are simply just little furry balls of love and fun; who speak the same language as we do. As we get older we are taught to speak using language and we begin to forget that speaking telepathically is even possible. We are also taught that animals are less intelligent and inferior to humans and are unable to think, feel or make choices for themselves.
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Intuition is present within each and every one of us, but many of us are unaware of it. You may have turned it off when you were younger or you may use it and be unaware that you are doing so. But I can assure you, it’s there. Whether you know it is there or not, it exists within you and you can be taught to access it again. You may also have found that when you follow your intuition, circumstances usually work out for the best. Here are a few everyday situations that highlight the use of intuition.
- Knowing who is on the telephone before you pick it up.
- Thinking about or singing a particular song and then switching on the radio and it’s playing.
- Having recurring thoughts of a specific person for a few days and then receiving a phone call or email from them.
- Recognizing that someone is upset or angry even if there is no external sign.
- Changing lanes on the highway just in time to avoid an accident or a traffic jam.
- Suddenly feeling an unexplainable dislike or uncertainty about someone or something. (This is your intuition telling you to pay attention or watch out.)
When someone is thinking of us, emailing or preparing to call us; or when someone we love needs us, we can “pick up” on that message. We become aware of their energy reaching out to us. That’s telepathy or telepathic communication. I also like to call it energetic communication. The telepathy used in Animal Communication operates on that same principle. It is simply a more focused and intentional use of telepathy.
Your intuition is your channel for connecting to and understanding what your animal companions are saying. You mentally and emotionally send information and receive information (telepathy) through your intuitive channel (energetic connection). Intuitive information is transmitted via six separate and distinct ways: hearing, seeing, knowing, feeling, smelling or tasting. None of these methods is better then the other and many times information comes through in more then just one way.
I believe that everyone can learn to use their intuitive channel to talk to and understand their animal companions. People that are more inclined to use their right brain or who practice creative activities regularly may find it easier. However, with practice, an open mind, trust and patience anyone can tune into the thoughts of their animal friends.
Our animal companions are amazing teachers and healers. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is learning to hear what they have to say. Just like infants and small children, they remain very clear and connected to spirit. They live in the present moment and consistently practice unconditional love. What they want most for themselves is to be heard, to be loved and to be understood. What they want most for us, is exactly the same.
3. Can you share with us, one of your favorite animal communication stories? How it impacted the owner or the animal or both?
I was contacted by a woman who had a kitty cat named Ben, that had throat cancer and she wanted assistance in determining what medicines, foods and therapies were helping Ben and which ones were not helping him. We had several appointments where Ben helped her to know what felt good, what made him feel worse and what other things she could do to make him more comfortable. He eventually told his person that he was not going to make it and when she was ready to let him go, he would just simply go to sleep forever. That night she let him know that she was ready to let him go and he transitioned during the night. She called me a couple of days later and told me that she was having difficulty believing that we were really talking to Ben during our sessions. She asked me to connect to Ben and ask for some piece of information that only he would know to validate it really was him. I connected to Ben and explained that his person really needed validation to know it was really him. He then sent me to pieces of information at two different times. The first piece was the color pink and later he sent me the word panther and he wanted her to feel this way again. I delivered the information and there was complete silence on the phone, in a little while I heard crying and I knew this was an impactful message. She told me that a couple of months before Ben died, she changed the ringer to the Pink Panther tune. She also went on to say that when she had Ben in her lap and the phone rang, the tune always made her laugh. It all made perfect sense at that very moment. Ben wanted her to feel that way she felt when she heard the Pink Panther tune again. He wanted her to be happy again!
4. Do you prefer to communicate with younger or older animals?
I really do not have a preference. All animals are wonderful to communicate with, they all have unique personalities and amazing messages.
5. Do you prefer to communicate with a certain type of animal? I mean, do you do better with cats, dogs, horses? Do you even talk to reptiles?
I love talking to all species of animals. I primarily work with dogs, cats and horses, but have had the opportunity to talk with donkeys, mules, birds, rabits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, dolphins, whales, hamsters, gerbils, cows, buffalo, goats, pigs and many other wonderful creatures.
Not too long ago I got to talk with a turtle by the name of Stretch. He asked me to tell his people that he did not like it when one of their dogs picked him up and carried him around.
6. How do your services work? Do you come to my home? Do I bring my pet to you? Do you communicate LIVE?
I do phone sessions, email sessions and also home sessions where I travel to someone’s home or barn. I receive information just as strongly whether I am in person or connected from a distance. When I do sessions by phone or email I ask for a photo of each animal that I will be talking with. I then make an energetic or telepathic connection with the animal, if I’m on the phone I will relay the information back to the person real-time much like a conference call. If someone has sent me a list of questions by email, I will talk with the animal, document the conversation and send a complete transcript via email.
7. What do you charge for your services? Do you have a package deal?
For phone or email sessions the costs are:
15 minutes = $30
30 minutes = $60
45 minutes = $75
60 minutes = $90
Home/barn visits where I travel to home or barn are $125 per hour plus travel costs.
8. Why do you think animal communication is valuable?
Animal Communication can be helpful for many common behavioral problems. It is guaranteed to deepen your understanding and enhance your relationship with your animal companions. Connecting with your animal intuitively can help you:
- Determine if your animal companion has any health issues or concerns.
- Know what they need to be happy, comfortable and content.
- Achieve a greater understanding of each other and improve your relationship.
- To know what their wishes are in regards to death and dying.
- With adopting new animals and introducing them to your family.
- Find out about a rescued animal’s past.
- With puzzling or curious behavior.
Many people report that after a communication session; their animals seem happier and more content. Their troubling behavior can change almost instantly. Animals report that it feels good to be heard and to be understood.
9. Do you think if a vet would incorporate animal communication into their practice it would be helpful?
Yes, most definitely. Imagine yourself going to a doctor and not being able to tell them how you are feeling, what hurts or what is bothering you. You have someone else speaking for you and tells your doctor what they have observed. But they are unable to tell the doctor how you really feel.
I recently had a client that had a little dog named Brandy. Brandy had been ill for a couple of months and her Vet and several specialists were unable to determine what was wrong with her. She continued getting worse. As soon as I connected to her I found that she was extremely dizzy or light headed, this was a symptom that was not known previously. With this piece of information her Vet was able to determine that there was something neurological going on and was able to treat it. Brandy is on her way to recovery now.
Animals often are able to tell me exactly how they feel and what part of their body hurts. They can even tell you if the medication or treatment they are receiving is actually helping them.
10. Are you able to communicate with an animal in the after life? How does that work?
Yes, I communicate with animals that are alive in physical form and also those that have transitioned into spirit. When I connect to an animal and communicate with them, I believe I am actually connecting to their energy or their life force. This energy exists within an animal or person when they are alive and also exists when they are no longer in their physical bodies. Our energy, life force or spirit is always present and we can connect to that essence. Communicating to an animal that is alive in physical form or one that has transitioned into spirit feels the same to me. I ask for a connection to the energy of the animal and because their energy is always present, I am able to connect to their essence and interpret their messages.