Hello Animal Lovers!

Do you have questions about the animal companions who share your home and life? Would you like to improve your relationship and learn to understand your animals better? Great! You've come to the right place. I'd like to start a regular Q&A column with the hope of helping people deal with specific problems.

I have loved, honored and appreciated animals all my life. My passion for animals and their well-being has led me into a profession where I can work as a liaison for animals and humans. This Q&A column is dedicated to helping people to better understand their animal’s perspective. I’ve been communicating with animals for a long time. They have been some of my most powerful and profound teachers. If you share your life with an animal, here is your opportunity to get some answers to your questions. With your help, I’ll share those animal questions and responses in a Question & Answer Column*.

Here are some typical questions I receive often as an Animal Communicator:

Question: Whenever my dog and I go for a walk, he lunges at other dogs. Why does he do this and how can I get him to stop this behavior?

Answer: To begin with, think about the messages you are sending when you are walking with your dog. Have you ever been frightened or attacked by an aggressive dog? In the past when I’ve asked this question, the individuals have often admitted that they were afraid of dogs because of a past encounter. The animals that live with us make it their business to understand us very well. If you have fears, your dog will pick up on that fear and do what he can to make you feel safe. On the other hand, if you exude confidence as you walk, he will feel like you have the situation in hand. He can therefore simply enjoy the walk and not worry about your fears. Now, this is not to say that you won’t need the assistance of a good dog trainer, but eventually know that your dog will mirror your fears or your feelings of confidence on a walk.

Question: Help! Suddenly, my cat is messing outside of his litter box. Is there anything I can do?

Answer: The first thing you need to explore is if your cat has a medical reason for not using the litter box. Nothing is a substitute for proper veterinarian care. In connecting with cats, I’ve discovered they are often very sensitive to their environment. Once you have eliminated a medical cause, ask yourself if there are any major or even minor changes to your cat’s environment, especially any changes involving the litter box. Have you changed the litter box, type of litter or moved its location? Have there been any major changes in the household including the addition of new animals or people? If your cat is not neutered, he may be spraying to mark his ter