Floppycats.com asked Pea Horsley, a pet talker, to answer some questions we had about animal communication as well as questions about her services. Thank you, Pea for the interview.
Pea Horsley can be reached through her website: www.animalthoughts.com
Answers are Copyright of Pea Horsley.
1. How long have you been communicating with animals?
I have been communicating consciously with animals since 2004, when my dog Morgan came into my life and set in motion a series of events which led to me becoming a professional animal communicator. But looking back, I can identify several occasions as a child when I was tuning in to animals. I clearly remember sitting on a farmer’s gate and talking to the animals in the field. When I reached my teenage years I didn’t communicate with them at all, there was too much else going on, as is common with all teenagers! My latent ability was rekindled when I adopted Morgan and then attended my first animal communication workshop.
2. How does one communicate with animals?
Through the heart is the short answer. You approach the animal with an open mind and ask a question then focus on any ‘gut feelings’ you get. It’s a bit like the feeling you have sometimes when the phone rings and you know who it is before you pick it up.
Then you try to build on and deepen those feelings. The information may come as an idea, a picture in your mind’s eye, an emotion or a physical sensation.
People ask me how I know that I am not just inventing the conversations and I tell them that the details I get are very often verified by the animal’s guardian (I prefer that term to ‘owner’).
As with any skill, the more you practise, the better you become. You discover your own style and the way that the information comes to you. Ask to practise on friends’ animals and then check the information later, but practise!
3. Can you share with us, one of your favorite animal communication stories? How it impacted the owner or the animal or both?
Well, this is one of my favourite stories and had a tremendous impact on the owner and on me too! I had a very strong relationship with a dog called Riki who I felt connected to almost all the time. One day he told me he would reincarnate and come back to his owner Lynne. I felt excited.
‘How will she know where to find you?’ I said.
‘I will be a female. The runt of the litter. I will be with a breeder in the northeast who also rescues animals. I will rush forward and bite the little finger on Lynne’s left hand.’
I passed on the information to Lynne who was baffled as she said she would never get a female dog and certainly never get a puppy.
Seven months after Riki passed Lynne called me, beside herself with excitement. She said she had felt Riki tell her to Google Spinone litters and look at the first listing at the top. As she did so Can You Feel the Love Tonight? was playing, a song that she always associated with Riki. Lynne called the breeders but all the puppies had been spoken for. ‘Even the runt?’ she asked.
‘How did you know there was a runt?’ came the reply.
Lynne went to see the breeder. ‘I was looking at 14 healthy and calm brothers and sisters,’ she said. ‘Then all of a sudden a screaming puppy came bursting out from the back, clambered over all the siblings and launched herself to the front of the cage where I was kneeling. After a crashing halt into the wire frame she stood on her back paws, opened her mouth and gave the little finger on my left hand a very gentle nibble.’ Lynne called the puppy Phoenix.
4. Do you prefer to communicate with younger or older animals?
I have no preference. The physical age of the animal does not have a bearing on the communication.
Like people, animals have different personalities, and I think that it is this factor rather than age which affects the communication. A ‘big’ personality will really want to communicate.
It also depends on their spiritual development. A young animal can be an old soul and vis-versa. Animals who are still evolving may be more focused on the physical aspects of their lives. My cat Texas, for instance, loves cuddles and attention, and is more of an earthy, practical animal. My dog Morgan on the other hand is a very wise old soul and an excellent communicator.
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 animals, but I suppose if I had to choose one species it would be cats and big cats in particular. As I live in London, the most common animals I communicate with are cats, dogs and horses.
I do communicate with reptiles, which are increasingly popular pets in the UK. My most memorable experience was with a python called Ruby at Cotswold Wildlife Park, in England. Ruby helped me remove my fear of snakes. As she slid her body up my arms, across my chest and brought her face opposite mine she was whispering to me, ‘Let go, let go.’ After a few minutes my fear vanished and I was able to see her clearly, instead of being blocked by fear, and I recognized her true being - she was emotional, a great teacher and caring.
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?
At first I saw animals at my home, but I quickly realised that wasn’t going to work and it wasn’t fair on Texas and Morgan. I do the majority of my consultations by phone or Skype and email as distance is not an issue when you communicate. I ask the guardian to send me a clear photo of the animal, showing its eyes, as they are very important to a good contact. I also ask the guardian to send a list of questions in advance. I send my initial feelings by email to make sure I have made a good connection before doing the consultation at an agreed time by phone or Skype. I try to answer the questions I have been given and also make time for any additional questions the guardian would like to ask. I am also happy to go out to people travel on ‘home visits’ all over the country.
7. What do you charge for your services? Do you have a package deal?
My home consultations are priced individually depending on the time it takes and how far I have to travel. The current cost for a distance communication is £70 ($110), with a follow up fee within three months of £50 ($78). I also have a missing animals service and the fee is £90 ($142). I limit these each week so I can offer the highest standard of service.
8. Why do you think animal communication is valuable?
It gives clarity about how the animal feels and a greater understanding of them as individual beings beyond the physical body and its aches and pains - it’s about receiving the animal’s point of view. It can give great comfort to the guardian at the time of the animal’s physical passing when perhaps they are suffering over having to take the decision to have the animal put to sleep. It can be valuable when dealing with a sudden death or to help the guardian deal with unresolved grief and guilt with an animal who has already passed.
It is also helpful for locating missing animals because I can link to, then track and find the lost animal. One example of this is Marmite’s story. I got a call from Nikki in Staffordshire about her Jack Russell, Marmite, who had been missing for seven days. She emailed me a photo and I began communicating with him.
I knew it was urgent. He sent me a stream of images, words and emotions, just like tuning into a radio. He was cold, wet, hungry and exhausted. Marmite told me he was in water, deep down a concrete man-made shaft with a grille at the top. He said he was a mile from home and had gone left after leaving the house. I phoned Nikki, described what Marmite had communicated and she recognised the description. I said I’d tell him to bark so she could find him. Nikki raced off.
One hour later the phone rang. As I picked up the receiver, Nikki was screaming. ‘You’ve found him! We’ve got him! He’s here, Pea!’
The story made the national press and TV. I still find it pretty incredible myself, although in my line of work amazing things happen every day.
9. Do you think if a vet would incorporate animal communication into their practice it would be helpful?
Yes, I do. It can only help in their treatment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to talk to an animal throughout their treatments so that they can full understand what is happening? It would be really beneficial to animals who feel stressed at the vets. It may take a few more generations before the veterinary schools recognise the huge benefits of using both the left-brain to analyse (scientific perspective) as well as the right-brain to communicate with the heart (feeling perspective).
I do work with a highly regarded holistic vet who refers some of his clients to me. If vets were encouraged to use both their minds and their hearts everyone would be in a win-win scenario.
10. Are you able to communicate with an animal in the after life? How does that work?
Yes, I am. Before I became an animal communicator I was an atheist and thought that death was the end. For that reason I got very upset whenever anyone discussed the subject in my presence. And then I discovered that I could communicate with animals that had passed over. I don’t remember the exact moment it happened, but I think I just thought, “Well, I’ll give it a go,” and discovered that I could do it.
I use the same method I follow when talking to a living animal, using their photo to make the connection and then listening to what they tell me by being aware of emotions, sensations and images.
Now I believe in a Divine Intelligence governing the Universe and that we are all connected through energy. When the physical body dies, the soul continues to live in an energetic form. When I make contact with an animal in the afterlife I am contacting their soul.
About Pea Horsley
Internationally renowned teacher, author and presenter Pea Horsley is the UK’s most highly regarded animal communicator. In 2004, after 15 years as a theatre stage manager working with famous names including Harold Pinter, Alan Rickman and Edward Fox, Pea returned to her first love - animals. Since then, she has dedicated herself to helping people make a telepathic connection with their animals to bring clear, direct understanding and aid healing relationships. Her book Heart to Heart: Incredible and heart warming stories of the woman who talks with animals was published to great acclaim in 2010.
Pea works with many rescue organizations to help animals who are injured, neglected, lost or abused. She is a gifted teacher and facilitator and one of her main objectives is to help ordinary people learn to communicate with their pets.
Pea works regularly with the media and is part of the team of regular animal experts on BBC London Radio’s The Late Show with Joanne Good - the only radio show with a slot dedicated to dogs. She has been featured in numerous magazines including Your Cat, Chat, Kindred Spirit, Spirit and Destiny, Prediction, Psychic News, Vision, Resource, Now, Chat It’s Fate, The Healer (Harry Edwards Sanctuary), The Nouveau Detective (France) and Animal Rescue magazine (Mayhew Animal Home.)
Since the release of Heart to Heart Pea has appeared on the front cover of The Daily Mail Weekend magazine which ran a two-page article on her work. Heart to Heart has also been featured in The Express, Your Cat, Chat, Your Dog, Kindred Spirit and numerous animal rescue magazines.
Pea lives in London with her cat, Texas, and dog, Morgan.