Floppycats.com asked Dexter Del Monte, a pet talker, to answer some questions we had about animal communication as well as questions about her services. Thank you, Dexter, for the interview.
Dexter Del Monte, is located in California can be reached through her website.
Answers are Copyright of Dexter Del Monte.
1. How long have you been communicating with animals?
Professionally since 2000. I heard my cats years before this, but didn’t believe it was possible, and dismissed it. One time I was mindlessly walking through the house looking for a pencil to write with when my cat Bubby stopped me from trampling him. I actually heard his voice in my mind. He yelled, startling me. Another time I was petting him, and he sent an image of himself having problems urinating. Two days later he had a urinary blockage and had to be rushed to the vet. Then, in a dream, my cat Yudi told me of health problems another cat was having. He was absolutely correct! I realized we could receive another’s thoughts on all these levels. Animals try to ‘get through’ anyway they can. For me, their thoughts came through out of the blue when my mind was relaxed. The possibility of talking to animals intrigued me. I read a book by Penelope Smith, practiced with my cats, and later trained with her and other teachers.
2. How does one communicate with animals?
By quieting the mind and opening the heart. This is a heart-centered, visual language. Animals hear our thoughts and feel our intentions, but mostly they think in pictures and see the images in our mind. So when we ask an animal a question or want to tell them something, we begin by attaching a picture to our thought. For example, you want to know if Boo Boo is thirsty. You ask, either mentally or out loud, “are you thirsty?”, and visualize the water bowl. They totally get it. The challenge is receiving their thoughts back. We get in our own way by thinking too much, analyzing and doubting the process. We’re actually hearing our animals all the time and don’t even realize it. You suddenly think of taking your dog for a walk, and he’s already at the door. You heard him. The key here is not to ‘try’. Just relax with it, and pay attention to the images and thoughts that arise in your mind, and the sensations that arise in your body. With practice it gets easier to differentiate between their thoughts and your own. Their thoughts, generally, are straight forward and truthful. Anyone can learn to do this. Telepathy is our natural language. Every day we engage in non verbal communication. We feel and react to another’s feelings and emotions, and receive information from their gestures and facial expressions. How do we know when some one isn’t telling the truth? We sense their energy and intentions. How many times have you thought of someone, only to receive a call from them soon afterwards? Perhaps you walk into a room and suddenly feel good or uncomfortable, because you sense the energy. Our language is much more than words. We are all ‘psychic’. We simply need to strengthen this automatic, intuitive muscle, become aware of it in our daily lives and practice using it!
3. Can you share with us, one of your favorite animal communication stories? How it impacted the owner or the animal or both?
One dog stared endearingly into her person’s eyes through the entire session. Animals are relieved, dogs licking my face in gratitude, when they know their thoughts have finally gotten through to their person. People are usually amazed when they realize that their own thoughts and emotions are contributing to the problem. I’ve worked with aggressive animals, who lunge at people or fight with each other. Their people had to consciously stop anticipating a fight and instead remain calm and centered when in the presence of the animal. Some people have had to change their attitudes. One dog stopped playing and running in the park because their person was so depressed. Another person was surprised to learn that her cat missed the former house, the sunny windows and her outdoor space…thus the reason for peeing on the furniture. The person now takes her cat out at the new house, (I had no idea the person had moved. Her cat told me) and the cat uses her litter box again. Animals are not spiteful. They are desperately trying to be heard. Like Bernie, a dog who howled relentlessly when his person, John, went to work. Bernie told me, “It’s unbearable in here. It’s so dark!” John opened all the blinds. Bernie got to look outside and never howled again. My favorite story is the time I was taking care of a friend’s dogs, cats and a litter of six 2-month old kittens. I was in the kitchen cleaning the dishes after everyone had eaten. One kitten kept staring at the refrigerator and back at me mewing incessantly. I asked what the problem was, but didn’t take time to settle down to listen. After about ten minutes of non stop meows, I asked again, this time closing my eyes to ‘hear’. The kitten sent me an image of his sister kitten in the fridge! I opened the refrigerator, and sure enough, the kitten tumbled out, a little dazed, but fine. If I had ignored the mews and opened the fridge in the morning…ooooh.
4. Do you prefer to communicate with younger or older animals?
There’s no difference. The communication is the same.
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?
All species are equally intelligent and have something to say. I have no preference. A missing peacock described the area where she had landed. I have talked to wild animals, lizards, turtles, fish and even insects. My cats used to bring in rats and lizards. I would talk to them, and they would allow me to pick them up and take them outdoors. A fly even let me pet him (her?). A swarm of bees once delivered a profound message to me. Although most of my clients have been mammals, I take morning hikes and talk to anyone that crosses my path.
6. How do your services work? Do you come to my home? Do I bring my pet to you? Do you communicate LIVE?
I can come to your house, or you can e-mail a photo of your animal, and I will work ‘long distance’ from my home. It works! Thoughts are energy, and energy has no boundaries. Most of the work I do is long distance, healing work too, since most of my clients are out of state or country. And of course when locating missing animals I work from my home. My services include a general reading, a body scan for physical problems, and a chakra balancing/clearing. Then I communicate directly with the animal, and do a healing, if needed. I combine Reiki with several other energy and spiritual healing modalities. I have communicated to animals at public events, fundraisers, parties and fesitivals, although I prefer the solitude of my home.
7. What do you charge for your services? Do you have a package deal?
I charge $81 for one hour, long distance, session. This fee includes a healing. If there are multiple animals in the household I charge $54 for each additional animal. House visits start at $135, depending on the location. For lost animals I charge $108. This fee includes dowsing, to determine direction and distance away. When I do events, I offer a shorter service at a minimal fee, sometimes free of charge for rescue organizations. I was asked to attend an event in Pennsylvania. I talked to about 50 animals in two days, and provided 15 minute sessions at a much lower rate. I also do healing for humans. The fee varies, and is posted on my website.
8. Why do you think animal communication is valuable?
Animal communication opens the heart, and bridges the gap between us. Fewer animals would be given away, abandoned at shelters, or ‘put to sleep’ if people understood the reasons behind their ‘bad behavior’, and believed that problems could be resolved. Communicating with animals enables us to experience the depth of their thoughts and feelings, therefore heightening our sensitivity and awareness. We can’t help but change. Realizing that we are not the only participants on earth fosters deep respect and gratitude toward all life, and deepens our compassion toward ourselves and others. Once we realize that we are not superior to other life forms, our focus shifts. We know our lives are not separate, but woven together in a web of karma. Our choices effect others. What we eat, wear and purchase effects another’s life.
Communicating to animals helps us to heal and evolve. We tend to pay more attention to our thoughts and actions as we notice our negativity, anger, fear and stress effecting our animal’s behavior and health as well as our own. When animals reflect our emotional imbalances back to us, and we observe this interplay with honesty, we can grow and change for the better.
I have found that all life is aware and willing to communicate with us, and that all beings, even the tiniest insects, wish and deserve to be free from suffering. They are no different than us. Animal communication is the groundwork that makes
communication with all life possible.
9. Do you think if a vet would incorporate animal communication into their practice it would be helpful?
Absolutely. Most vets may roll their eyes at the mention, but some holistic vets are already bringing communicators on. Animals can tell us how they feel, where it hurts, and if their medications are working. My cat Bootsie told me his throat burned. I gagged and coughed when I scanned that area of his body. I told the vet that something was severely wrong. After six visits to two different vets, I was reassured that a harmless polyp was creating all the discomfort in Bootsie’s throat. It turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma. I found it too late. Boostie died. I didn’t realize how sick my cat Ertha was, and took action too late. In a dream she had shown me a puddle of her blood. She had diabetes out of control and tested positive for FeLV (feline leukemiavirus). Animals are very much in tune with their bodies. Receiving this insight from them would greatly enhance any vet visit.
10. Are you able to communicate with an animal in the after life? How does that work?
Yes, it works the same way. It appears that the transition from life to death is quite subtle. This is why, when working with missing animals, it is difficult to determine whether they are still in their bodies or not. A lost ferret showed me fields of lovely flowers, told me she was happy, eating and running, and commented on all the space there was here. Dowsing with a pendulum, I got that she was fifteen minutes south of her home. Her people walked south and found her dead body. I had no idea that I had been talking to her spirit. Apparently the ferret did not realize she was dead either. We are not our bodies. Our physical brain dies, but our consciousness, our awareness, continues. I have had other experiences like this, and have written a book about animals, death & enlightenment – soon to be published. I don’t know what happens after we die, although animals who have departed have shown me different landscapes and different activities they are involved in. It seems as though they continue on a journey, with jobs to do and lessons to learn. I don’t think we really ‘die’. We just drop the body, like we’ve taken off a tight shoe. We are always here. We are energy – spiritual beings taking a physical form for a brief time.
Bio for Dexter Del Monte
Dexter Del Monte is an internationally known animal communicator, artist, educator and spiritual healer. She has maintained a Zen Buddhist meditation practice for over 10 years. She is available for consultations, lectures and seminars. To schedule a session or attend a workshop, visit her website at http://www.whispersandtails.com/wnt/Home.html