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About Laura Laura uses telepathy to have two way conversations with alive animals, deceased animals and people, and anyone who cannot speak for themselves. Think of her as a translator, teacher and guide. Her services are used by: Animal owners, trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and rescue groups. As well as people who want to reach out to their loved ones in spirit, their young children, their disabled child or family members in a coma. Watch Laura’s Sizzle Reel Watch The Pet Psychic Compilation Video Laura has been featured in numerous newspapers and media reports. Some of them include: LA Times, ABC Atlanta, Good Morning Texas, Time Warner Cable, NBC, The Doctors, The Bert Show, LA Confidential, Noozhawk, The Santa Barbara Independent, Animal Zone, and The Girl Code & MTV. She is a former columnist for The Santa Barbara News-Press and appears regularly on the TV show Animal Zone. Laura hosts a weekly Radio Show on Blogtalkradio. She currently lives in Ojai, California with her animals Luca (30lb Poodle), Hudson (White German Shepherd), Felix and Easter (Chihuahua Mixes), Ella (Snowshoe Cat), Clyde (Giant Flemish Rabbit), Seamora (Blue and Gold Macaw) and Jubilee (Appaloosa Sport Horse). Laura's Pet Psychic Story Laura's Childhood Laura grew up on a fourteen-acre horse farm in a small New York town in upper Westchester County. Her parents were extremely supportive of her connection with animals. They accepted all of her pets into the family: The pony she rescued when she was ten years old, the English Cocker Spaniel, the calico kitten she had a friend drop off with a balloon and note that read, “to Laura from your secret admirer”, the parakeet she begged her grandfather for, the rabbit for which she forged her parents’ signature in order to win at a school raffle, and the many goldfish won at the local carnival. As long as she can remember, she knew what animals were thinking and feeling. She had no idea that not everyone understood them to the degree that she did. Many people in her history told her that her connection to animals was different, but she was not exactly sure what that meant. Young Adult Although she was naturally communicating with animals as a child, it was not until she was a young adult that she began to think seriously about animal communication (This was before the internet!). Her first experience with professional animal communication and sending messages to animals was through reading Penelope Smith’s book Animal Talk. At that time, she had a cat named Juliette. When Laura would come home from traveling, Juliette would give her an evil glare and then scurry off into the neighborhood for days. Penelope suggested that before traveling, one should send a mental picture to your animal of the number of days and nights (light to dark) you would be gone and picturing yourself happily returning home. It was amazing. The day of Laura’s arrival home, Juliette waited for her at the doorstep and slept with her purring all night long. A behavior Juliette had never done before. The second experience was with Laura’s German Shepherd/ coyote mix. When Laura was eighteen years old, she rescued Lala from an unhealthy situation guarding the local gas station. They instantly became best friends. In 1996, Laura moved to California and began to study animal communication with a pioneer in the field Carol Gurney. A few days after Laura returned from her training program, she lay down with LaLa on the bed and asked her, “How are you feeling today?” Laura was shocked to hear clearly, “Mom, I am dying inside.” Two months later, Laura found out Lala had cancer and had to help her best friend transition to Heaven. Being present for Lala’s transition proved to be one of the most enlightening and beautiful experiences of Laura’s life. It is because of this experience that Laura was able to stroke and quiet animals as they are helped to transition in county shelters or in the homes of clients and friends. It paved the way for all the work Laura does today. Then came Maia, her German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid. Maia story is too long to tell here. But she is the sole reason Laura became a dog trainer and became passionate about helping animals through their fear, aggression, and unpleasant habitual behaviors. Laura learned the importance of studying animal body language. In 1996 and 1997, Laura went through an intensive training program with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robyn Hood to become a certified T-Touch Practitioner. This was the start of her journey into becoming an all-positive animal trainer and linking the concept of awareness of the body with that of emotional health. During the same years, Laura studied many holistic healing modalities, energy fields, and became a Reiki Master. For many years, Laura also worked as a healer helping sick animals recover or transition to the afterlife. From June 14, 1999 through March 5, 2015 Laura shared her life with Stormy King aka Stormy a black and white Australian Shepherd. Stormy became an icon, having a fan base across the globe. He offered his spiritual wisdom through Pet Psychic Radio, his column in the Santa Barbara Independent and at convention centers across the United States. He reincarnated into his new body as a white German Shepherd named Hudson on the very same day he died. It is also now clear that he lived his past life as Lala, Laura’s first German Shepherd dog. Maia has also come back to Laura as Luca. Stormy and Maia opened the doors for Laura to study animal reincarnation. Now Laura is widely recognized as an authority in the field. Her dogs Maia and Stormy and her late cats Joey, Serafina, and Makia in their lifetimes overcame diagnoses of cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease. They were all told they had little time left to live by a veterinarian specialist. All of them overcame their illnesses and lived joyfully into their old age. These animals have taught Laura that miracles happen when one places oneself in a state of gratitude and joy. These are lessons and skills Laura teaches in her work today. Laura has been amazed to witness miraculous healings in thousands of her animal clients. Laura also teaches that one can die in grace and that our connection to loved ones can become even stronger once they have crossed over. Laura's People Medium Story Laura’s Parents Laura was brought up believing that seeing and communicating with other dimensions was not only possible but also very real. Her mother talked about the presence of fairies, her father would occasionally see ghosts, and her great grandmother is known for her psychic abilities. As long as Laura can remember, she has been conversing with the dead. She has memories as far back as being a toddler of being spoken to by an older man on the staircase of her house. At nine years old, spiritual beings at Stonehenge and Bath, England, conversed with her. When her babysitter died, she remembers her spirit coming to her and telling Laura that she is well and that it was ok to cry. In high school, when her best friend’s mom died of cancer, Laura was a bridge to the spirit world. Later, during her high school years, Laura’s ability to see and communicate with other dimensions became a distraction. She didn’t understand how to “turn it off” so that she could pay better attention to her studies. A Greenwich, Connecticut psychiatrist introduced Laura to meditation, the different concepts of “time”, and the works of Aldous Huxley. Laura begin to meditate before studying. Her concentration and grades improved, launching her into all Advanced Placement classes. This was a time before Google and the internet. The works of Aldous Huxley, Kirshnamurti, Gandhi, Edgar Cayce, and even Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe profoundly influenced Laura’s life at this time. It was then that Laura also began to understand all the mystical experiences and visions she was having when she closed her eyes to sleep at night. While studying biology and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Laura reached out to another psychiatrist because she was having an intense feeling of oneness with everything and a feeling of “not being solid”. This psychiatrist told Laura she was a “Taoist” and recommended her transferring to the Boulder, Co. based Buddhist inspired college, The Naropa Institute. Laura’s mother also encouraged her to transfer to Naropa. Looking back, while hearing horrifying stories of her colleagues being put into mental institutions for their psychic experiences, Laura feels incredibly blessed that spirit guided her to such progressive psychiatrists and that she had such supportive parents. The Naropa Institute deepened Laura’s meditation practice and opened her up the works of Buddhism and Chögyam Trungpa. Although Laura did not stay at Naropa, she continued to study Buddhism. She has attended many of the Dalai Lama’s week-long teachings, which has connected her with spiritual masters across the globe and many like-minded individuals. Even today, Laura often channels deceased Buddhist masters for wisdom in her life. Laura went on to graduate college with degrees in psychology and literature. Because of Laura’s adventurous spirit, her twenties led her into a different kind of study. People and animals who were trapped in between dimensions began to seek her out. She often woke up in the middle of the night with spirits sitting on her bed, asking her for help. Laura learned how to traverse these dimensions. She helped beings cross over. She also helped people rid themselves and their spaces of negative entities. In Laura’s thirties, she realized that although this work was rewarding, it was also emotionally exhausting. So she started the process of instilling psychic boundaries and creating the life she truly wanted. At this time, she also decided to stop animal training and concentrate solely on animal communication. This was a very exciting time for Laura. She began to study the miracles that happen in our lives, the power of thinking and feeling positively, and embodying joy and gratitude. She began to learn about the dimensions in the afterlife. She learned more about where souls go, how they can communicate with us, how they can touch us, and how our thoughts and feelings can heal our minds and bodies. She began to study reincarnation. Laura’s intense desire to be accurate and to only bring good to people and animals’ lives quickly manifested her into being one of the best pet psychics in the world today. In 2007, Laura’s animal communication client and friend Kimberly Klein lost her 13-year-old daughter and her ex husband in a plane crash. Kim asked Laura to connect her with Talia and Michael. Although Laura was nervous about opening that door again, she hated to see her friend suffering and knew that she could help. Laura agreed. This was the beginning of Laura’s new professional career as a people medium. Today she helps thousands of people connect with their loved ones in spirit. These communications help people to let go of guilt and resentment and to open up a conscious connection with their loved ones that continues after each session. Laura feels very blessed to be of service in this way. Kim writes, “I first met Laura a few years prior when I hired her to talk to my horses and my dogs. I found her ability to truly hear and communicate with my animals astounding. She told me things that the animals told her about their prior training, lives, experiences that only they and a few other people knew. The detail that Laura was able to pick up and tell me was amazing. After a terrible accident that killed my daughter and her father, I asked Laura to talk to both my daughter Talia, and her father Michael. I had spoken with other mediums before who had communicated with both of them, but Laura’s ability to hear and speak to Talia and Michael was beyond anyone else’s I have ever experienced. She actually relayed entire sentences, thoughts, desires from Talia and Michael to me, not just little tid-bits of information that I was used to hearing from other communicators. It was as if Talia and Michael were sitting with Laura and I and we were all communicating. A true question and answer session. It was inspiring, healing, and exciting for me. I recommend Laura to everyone who wants to hear from a loved one that is in spirit.” Kimberly Klein, author of Hummingbirds Don’t Fly in the Rain and The Universe Speaks.
 
 

Dear Jon,

This is a bittersweet week for everyone here at the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Of course, it’s the week of what would have been Doris’ 98th birthday, April 3, and we all miss her dearly. Her sunny demeanor and chipper, can-do spirit would have been such a balm for these trying times.

However, we’re also excited about the big auction of Property from the Estate of Doris Day taking place online. As you all know, every penny raised will benefit DDAF, in keeping with Doris’ wishes. If you haven’t registered to bid, please do so no later than Friday, April 3, at noon PT by clicking here. And remember: If you’ve had your eye on an item from the first half of the auction (lots 1-599), the deadline for bidding is this Saturday, April 4, at 6pm PT. If you would like to bid from the second half of the auction (lots 600-1099), bids will be taken until Sunday, April 5, at 6pm PT.

If you would like to purchase a print copy of the beautiful auction catalog as a memento, they are available here. And if you're interested in taking a virtual tour of the exhibition at Julien's Auctions, just click here.

We hope you and yours are doing just fine, keeping up with social distancing requirements and taking extra precautions to stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all online for some brisk bidding. We can’t wait to congratulate you on your wins. Of course, if you would rather make a donation in honor of Doris’ birthday, we would welcome your gift at https://ddaf.org/donate.

Best wishes,

 
 
 

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Dolittle

Universal Pictures, Team Downey and Perfect World Pictures present a PG, 106 minutes, Adventure, Comedy, Family film directed by Stephen Gaghan, written by Gaghan and Dan Gregor with a theater release date of January 17, 2020.

On the Backs of Tortoises
Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden
 
Elizabeth Hennessy
 
An insightful exploration of the iconic Galápagos tortoises, and how their fate is inextricably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world
 
The Galápagos archipelago is often viewed as a last foothold of pristine nature. For sixty years, conservationists have worked to restore this evolutionary Eden after centuries of exploitation at the hands of pirates, whalers, and island settlers. Elizabeth Hennessy’s book tells the story of the islands’ namesakes—the giant tortoises—as coveted food sources, objects of natural history, and famous icons of conservation and tourism. By doing so, it brings into stark relief the paradoxical, and impossible, goal of conserving species by trying to restore a past state of prehistoric evolution. The tortoises, Hennessy demonstrates, are not prehistoric, but rather microcosms whose stories show how deeply human and nonhuman life are entangled. Acknowledging the interlocked relationship between evolution and global history, Hennessy puts forward a vision for conservation based on reckoning with the past, rather than trying to erase it.
 
About the Author
ELIZABETH HENNESSY is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison, where she is on the steering committee of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) and—building on her background in journalism and editing—serves as faculty advisor for CHE’s graduate‑student‑run digital magazine, Edge Effects. She received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Ecuador, she works with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and its Galápagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences.                                                                                                                                                                                                     More . . .
 
Advance Praise for On the Backs of Tortoises
 
“Wonderfully interesting, informative, and engaging, as well as scholarly.”—Janet Browne, author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place
 
“Timely, fresh, and compelling . . . a must read for anyone interested in the environmental history of the Galapagos and tortoise conservation.”—Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford, author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene:  Conservation after Nature
 
“Hennessy’s book isn’t just about the controversial efforts to preserve the world’s most famous tortoises—it also provides an expansive tour de force of Darwinian ideas, the Galapagos, human entanglements in evolution, and the risks of icon making.”—Daniel Lewis, author of Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i
 
“Hennessy’s enthralling history of the iconic Galápagos Islands focuses on the tortoises after which they are named to deftly unpack the contradictions of global conservation in the name of science.”—Claudia Leal, author of Landscapes of Freedom: Building a Postemancipation Society in the Rainforests of Western Colombia
 
“Hennessey finds that even though this archipelago is 97% a national park, humans can no longer consider themselves distinct from nature, but rather are an inseparable part of it with consequences for the identity of each.”—Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey
 
 
 
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Title: On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden 
Author: Elizabeth Hennessy
Price: $30.00 * ISBN: 978‑0‑300‑23274‑5 Hardcover * eBook ISBN: 978‑0‑300‑24915‑6
Pages: 336 * 20 b/w illus.
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
 

Talkin' Pets News

October 26, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Author of Owling, Mark Wilson will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on Saturday 10/26/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his new book

Talkin' Pets News

October 05, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services, Tampa Bay, Florida

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Gary Weitzman will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/05/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away the new books by National Geopraphic Kids: Dog Breed Guide & Cat Breed Guide

 

Talkin' Pets News

September 28, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Clive Wynne, author of "Dog is Love" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/28/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his new book

Bobby Bones, musician, author, mentor of American Idol and last year's winner of Dancing with the Stars, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/28/19 at 630pm ET to discuss our Nation's Veteran Heroes and service dogs through dogchow.com/service

Talkin' Pets News

August 10, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr Adriana O - Wellswood Animal Hospital - Tampa, FL

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Andrew D. Moerschel

Social Media/Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Janet Vorwald Dohner author of "The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/10/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book 

Alice De Almeida, Executive Assistant Algonquin Hotel - 630pm ET - 10 minute discussion on Hamlet's recent fashion show and fundraiser in NYC

 

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players, Walden Media, Screen Queensland, Burr! Productions, Media Rights Capital and Nickelodeon Movies present a PG, 102 minute, Family, Adventure film directed by James Bobin, screenplay by Matthew Robinson and based on the series created by Chris Gifford with a theater release date of August 9, 2019.

Talkin' Pets News

July 6, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan, DogGone Positive, Port St. Lucie, FL  & new to the show Jasmine Johnson, Jasmine the Dog Trainer, Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp - Happy Birthday & Congrats on her Engagement

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Frank Hyman author of Hentopia will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/06/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his book

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge Hotel Penn 7/06/19 at 630pm ET

 

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