Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gazehound's Animal Communication News: May/June 2008

*May/June 2008

Sachet and her Sheep

Keeping in touch with the animals....
and the people who love them

The Sheep Channel?

Sachet has a sheep(*). It looks very like her, with its gray face, ears and legs, big blue eyes, and creamy white body. And it thinks she's its mother.

Sachet is my eighteen year old lilac point "traditional" Siamese ... and the mother of both Pree, whom you all knew so well, and Sasha, our chocolate point boy who is still very much here in both spirit and body. Pree's body may be gone, but her spirit still blesses our lives, and I can't help wonder if she's found a way to communicate -- a rather humorous way -- with us and, especially, her mother.

The sheep, you see, talks. Normally, as with many talking stuffed toys, it only talks when you press a certain button on its body. In this case, the button is in its ear. When you squeeze the sheep's ear, it makes little cartoonish, well ... sheep sounds. You know, the various variations on "baa" that a toy sheep designer might come up with. There are perhaps six or so variations on the theme, which rotate when you squeeze the ear.

That is, most of us are required to squeeze the ear to get the sheep to talk. Sachet, however, only has to be near it. Quite frequently, all she has to do is walk in front of the sheep, and it will begin to talk to her. I've even caught it on a (very bad quality) video clip with my cellphone, just so I can prove to people I haven't totally lost my mind. When "in the mood", the sheep will continue to randomly produce its cute little sounds as long as Sachet is within a foot or so of its little stuffed body. When she walks away, it stops talking. When our other cat, Sasha, is near the sheep, or anyone else in the house, for that matter, the sheep remains silent.

The really interesting thing is that the sheep has been "in the family" for several years, and around Sachet as long, and it has just begun talking to her of its own volition since Pree died in January. Has Pree found a way to temporarily possess the Sheep? Is it channeling her? Has she simply found a way to activate that ear button when her mother is near the sheep? Or are we simply wishful-thinking, and there is actually a much more mundane reason for the sheep's random verbalizations when Sachet is near by?

I know what I think, how about you? (And no, Pree's not making any confessions from spirit so far ... which is most like Pree, after all. It's much more fun to keep us guessing.)

(* Technically, the "sheep" is a "Baa Baa", a character from the popular virtual pets website, Neopets.)




I receive so many requests for book suggestions, for which I normally send people to my website's "Introduction" page and recommended reading list, that I've decided to take it a step further and make it easier for people to get more information, read reviews, and shop right from my site if they wish. I've added an Animal Communication Book Shop to the website. It can be accessed as an external link from the front page and the main Animal Communication page, and on the "Introduction" page (reached by the button of that name in the side menu), the shop itself is built right into an inset at the bottom of the page. I hope you find this a convenient way to research and review books on animal communication, as well as a number of other topics such as positive training, natural pet care, and "good for the human soul" sections.

Don't forget that you can keep up with changes and info on rates, policies, and "other fun stuff" on my website:, and that you can find archives of this newsletter and other articles on my Creature Thoughts Blog:

Gift Certificates:

I always have gift certificates available, whether you would like to give them to friends and family, or whether you'd simply like to purchase them for your own animal friends. These are available at the regular session rate of $30/half hour session. There is, however, a special rate for anyone who orders three or more at one time. Ordering 3 or more gift certificates will reduce the cost per session to the "old" individual session rate of $25/session. Therefore one Gift Certificate will be $30, two will be $60, but three will be available for $75, with increments of $25 per certificate over three. Gift certificates are non-returnable, and they are valid for one full year from the purchase date. Once payment is received, your gift certificates will be sent via email as a PDF attachment (Acrobat Reader required to open and print) unless otherwise requested, so be sure I have a correct e-dress for you.

Email me at for more information or to order.

Important Policy Update:
Well, this is not actually a change, simply a more strict enforcement of a policy already in place. Due to several recent situations, I will from now on be strictly enforcing my policy of not offering follow-ups until the account is up to date on payments, unless the client already has a history of being reliable and faithful to their word. This will encompass all aspects of my services, including missing animal cases.

In addition, my restriction of only accepting two ongoing missing animal cases at a time has been working out reasonably well, and is being made a permanent policy.

And a special Thank You
Thanks to everyone who sent good-luck wishes when I announced in the last issue that I was taking the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitators licensing exam. I passed the test and my license arrived in the mail on Saturday!

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Gayle Nastasi
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