Joni Wamer can be reached through her website: www.animaltalkwithjoni.com Answers are Copyright of Joni Wamer.
1. How long have you been communicating with animals?
Well most of my life. There were some years when I let the beliefs of our dominant culture convince me it was not possible but in my heart I always knew I was doing it. I have been doing it professionally for about 10 years.
2. How does one communicate with animals?
It is telepathic – and I believe it is different and the same for everyone. I believe everyone is capable of it. Animals are amazingly receptive. It is a matter of making ourselves open to hearing them whether we do that through images, auditory, feel it in our bodies, just “know” it or all of the above. For me it is very auditory. It is like talking to yourself when you first start doing it.
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3. Can you share with us, one of your favorite animal communication stories? How it impacted the owner or the animal or both?
Sure. This one is both funny and very important. This was very early on when I was just started to do it for friends and family and an occasional client. This was a friend who had a dachshund named Oscar. He was just about 11 months old and there was a wild goose that was for some reason staying in my friend’s yard. The goose kept going after Oscar and attacking him. My friend came to me and said “Will you tell that goose to go away or I am going to have to kill it.” So I spoke with the goose and then went back to my friend and told her “I told your goose you would have to kill him if he did not leave and he said ‘She already tried!’. My friend looked very guilty but also surprised as she said, “Well that is true. I put out some poison but he did not eat it. Tell him I am sorry but I will have to do something drastic if he stays around.” I went back to the goose and he agreed to leave. By the time my friend got home from work that day, the goose was gone. Never to be seen again.
4. Do you prefer to communicate with younger or older animals?
Oh it does not matter. Younger ones might be more distracted as they want to play or eat or something. But I enjoy all ages, all types and all genders. In fact I am really an interspecies communicator as Penelope Smith has coined the phrase. I have spoken with a praying mantis, ants, spiders, bee, wasps, etc…
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?
Well maybe I answered that in #4. I do a lot of work with dogs and cats but I don’t have preferences. I enjoy them all. I do think at times that cats are more difficult when dealing with behavior issues. Most cats don’t want to deal with that. I have talked with horses but not that often. I have spoken with turtles and loved that as the few I have spoken with are ancient souls with so much wisdom to share. And I loved the “Japanese style” bow with hands folded that I received from the praying mantis after my conversation with it.
6. How do your services work? Do you come to my home? Do I bring my pet to you? Do you communicate LIVE over the phone or in person?
I prefer to work by email as my clients have come from all over the world. I don’t do much phone work; I find it harder to do. It can be distracting to the animal if the person involved does not have A LOT of patience over the phone. I can do in person but I usually don’t and I really don’t do “on the spot” kind of promotional stuff. I ask clients to send me a picture of their animal companion and the questions or issues they would like to address. Then I spend up to an hour with the animal and providing the client with a written word for word transcript of the conversation.
7. What do you charge for your services? Do you have a package deal?
I have a variety of options available but I have not really done packages. I am looking at adding that along with referral bonuses now. My basic charge for an introductory email session is $70 and this can be up to an hour’s worth of time on my part.
8. Why do you think animal communication is valuable?
OH GOSH! How to begin…I think it is essential to the human soul and to our survival and the survival of everything and everyone on this planet in this life. We have SO much to learn from other life forms including the non animal species. For me it is a deep, deep integral part of my spirituality. In fact it is in the center of my faith in a creator and the Great Mystery of life. For me all life is sacred.
9. Do you think if a vet would incorporate animal communication into their practice it would be helpful?
Absolutely! In fact I have a story about that…the opposite actually. My animal soul mate, Megan, who passed on 3 years ago, is the center of this story. I initially trained with Jeri Ryan at a workshop where one of the participants was a chiropractor. So she was very good at feeling in her body what was going on with an animal. She told me in the class that Megan had an infection in her heart. I had no indication that there was anything wrong with Megan, but I had an annual scheduled for the next week and I asked one of my long time vets to check her heart. And she said why? There is nothing wrong with her. So I told her about the workshop and what Megan had told the woman there. My vet said under her breath several times “They can’t talk to us.” But she checked her anyway and sure enough, Megan had an infection in her heart valve that could have become life threatening if not caught as soon as it was. My vet was astonished and kept saying “How could she know that? They cannot talk to us. How could she know that?” We did not convert her but it is very clear how beneficial it could be to a vet to be open to this way of communicating with their patients and people.
10. Are you able to communicate with an animal in the afterlife? How does that work?
Well yes and for me it is not different than communicating with an animal in this life. The process and the experience are the same. The difference is in the content, what they share with you and sometimes in their ability to concentrate and stay with it. Like the younger animals, they might be distracted by what is going on in their realm. Also there are times when an animal does not know they have crossed over and you have to try to help them understand where they are. You might ask them if they can feel their body, are their feet feeling the ground beneath them. That kind of thing. I run into that when working with lost animals at times. Working with animals that have crossed over is one of my specialties.
A short bio for Pet Talker Joni Wamer:
When I was a kid I was in love with all the animals I could see. There was never an animal I did not like. I would walk around singing the refrain from Dr. Doolittle all the time: “If we could talk with the animals, walk with the animals, grunt, squeak and squawk with the animals, and they could talk with us!” What a wonderful world that would be.
I first trained at a workshop with Jeri Ryan, founder of the Assisi International Animal Institute. This was an awakening for me and it is a deeply spiritual experience to converse with our animal friends. I have since attended a retreat with Penelope Smith.
I have a degree in Sociology and spent over 30 years in people management. I was a “professional pack leader”. Now Animal-Interspecies Communication is my love and my spirituality. As a follower of St Francis, it is my goal to be of service to our animal brethren and through them to you, their people. Helping people to understand their companion animals will enhance the quality of that relationship.
I specialize in communicating with deceased animals
helping to improve the quality of the animal-human bond
Deepen the relationship with client’s animal friend
Help client help their animal when it is time for her/him to leave this life, and help client with the grief process.
Find lost animals.
Solve wild animal “pest” issues without harming the animal/insect etc.