Saturday, December 27, 2008

Gazehound's Animal Communication News: Holiday Extra 2008

*Holiday Extra 2008

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

A New Year, A New Hope

The rain falls where there was snow not long before, the temperatures in upstate New York will reach a surreal sixty degrees by tomorrow. The entire year of 2008 has been, for myself and so many of my friends, like something out of fiction -- and poorly crafted fiction, at that. I've seen so many real life scenarios in the past year that, if I read them in a novel, I'd think that the writer didn't think things through very well when crafting her story, because "nobody would believe that". My own weird health situation, and the complications surrounding it, comes first to mind ... but it's both a comfort and a worry to know that I'm far from the only one who has experienced some bizarre adventures in the past year.

2009 swiftly approaches, and with the new year, new hope. Did you know that we humans, who are so brazen as to take time and space into our own hands, are inserting a full second between the years 2008 and 2009? They call it a leap second, and say that it's because our atomic clocks are now so accurate, that we need to add a second to the year so the earth can catch up. I find this amusing and just a bit disturbing ... and on the other side of my brain, I also find it kind of cool.

The challenges of 2008 have touched many; some of them have been devastating, others mere frustrations, but most of them life-altering in some way or other. My prayers ride on the strange wind that drifts through the past year, surrounding those I love with comfort and with hope for strength and renewal. I look forward to that moment that we leap over our extra second, and give the future a chance to wax brighter.

I look forward to wading into 2009 with all of you, with your animal companions at your sides, and hope that I may continue to help you to grow closer to them, and understand them at new depths. I know that, had my own pets not been here for me, both those in the flesh and those who have crossed the bridge to spirit, 2008 would have been far more difficult to face. What adventures lay ahead for us? As 2008 has shown so many in so many ways, "You just never know". My hope for all of you, all of us, of all species, is that the adventures are filled with far more joy than sorrow, far more laughter than pain, and that the New Year is bright and blessed.

May your 2009 shine with great health and prosperity. Thank you for sharing it with me.




Although we're a little late getting started this year (thanks to my leg taking me out of commission for a while), the annual holiday gift certificate special begins today, November 17th, 2008.

It will run until January 1st, 2009. This will allow you to purchase gift certificates at $25 for one, $45 for two, and $60 for three, essentially receiving one session free for each group of three.

Payment can be made through Paypal or via personal check or money order, and gift certificates are delivered via email as a pdf attachment. In the rare cases where people don't have access to email, I will print and mail the paper certificates on request.

As always: Gift certificates are good for one year from the date of purchase (which, in the case of the holiday special, will always be listed as December 25th, 2008). Other specials and discounts do not apply to sessions purchased through a gift certificate, and the certificates are not refundable.


Don't forget that the certificates you may have purchased last year do have an expiration date. If you've given them as gifts, or have them tucked safely away at home, check those dates now and redeem them before they expire.


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.

New Section and Books Added: I hope you'll enjoy the new section on wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation, which includes both care guides and field guides and a lovely book called Healers of the Wild -- a testimony to the power of love. In the Positive Training section, be sure to page through to Victoria Stillwell's It's Me or the Dog. My long stay in the hospital introduced me to her show on Animal Planet, and I find her positive approach and bright presentation to be delightful and inspiring.

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.

In addition, for an indefinite period of time, I will not be accepting missing animal cases from new clients. Existing clients may call me for a lost pet, and those will be taken on a selective case by case basis.

E-News List:
It has become more important than ever, due to recent circumstances, that all of my clients are subscribed to my e-news list. Thus, whenever anyone inquires about information, or sets up an appointment, they will receive both an invitation to the list and a separate note from me letting them know they've been invited. I strongly encourage all my clients to stay in touch, by remaining subscribed to this list. And please feel free to forward this newsletter issue to any friends, family, and acquaintances whom you feel might be interested in joining us.

Don't forget that you can always 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:

Want To Help Our Wild Friends?
Northeast Llama Rescue and Barnyard Sanctuary and New York Wildlife Rescue (an IRS 501(c)(3) charity) accept Paypal donations through their website at I've dedicated much time and love in the past several years toward helping to build a safe place for our wild friends in need, and our livestock rescues, and am extending the offer to all of you to aid in their care as well. And now, we have a totally painless (and free) way for anyone to support the animals at NYWRC/NELR. If you sign up to shop online through, at no cost to you, every purchase you make through the iGive gateway will earn a donation for the animals.

To sign up to shop through iGive for NYWRC:

And even if you don't sign up (but why would anyone not sign up since it's free and painless?), you can still earn money with each internet search you do simply by logging in to the iGive search engine rather than Google or whichever other search engine you normally use:

I set the above link as my homepage in my browser to remind me to search through iGive and earn pennies for the animals each time I search. iGive's usual one cent per search is doubled through the month of December, too, so get using it now while we can earn the big bucks!

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Gayle Nastasi
Animal Communication Consultant
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