What's Your Pet Thinking?
When three pet owners are having trouble understanding why their animals are acting so peculiar, Rachael enlists the help of animal communicator Sonya Fitzpatrick. "I talk to them and I hear what they're saying back," explains Sonya. "Not as we would verbally -- I communicate in many ways with feelings, emotions, senses, pictures, and also telepathically -- sometimes I hear them talking to me." She attempts to get to the bottom of the issues facing these hapless pet owners:
"What made Skye so shy?"
Skye, a former show dog who started to become increasingly agitated during competitions, now seems to be afraid of every situation. "When I've started to bring her back out into the public," says Amy, "her stress level has escalated to the degree that I kind of call her agoraphobic. My biggest question to Skye is, what are you afraid of? Did something happen that I missed?"
According to Sonya, Skye crashed emotionally due to a dog she loved who went away. "That was a rescue dog that had come to us temporarily," Amy admits, "and who was there when Skye originally came to us." She says that as part of her pet sitting business, Skye often saw dogs coming and going, which Sonya says could be the root of the problem. "They have feelings and emotions," she says, "and Skye was just very attached. She saw dogs coming and going and she was wondering if she was going to go. She doesn't want to leave her mum and there's a fear there."
Allison's two 9-month-old kittens Meat and Potatoes couldn't be more different. "Meat is sweet and gentle and loving," she says, "but Potatoes is bad, mischievous, knocks all my stuff down and drives me nuts!" Some of Potatoes' nasty habits include playing with Allison's jewelry, batting around and spilling her water dish, and not using the litter box to do her business. "I would just love to know what Potatoes is thinking," laments Allison.
Sonya gets to the bottom of Potatoes' rebellious behavior when Allison admits she uses disinfectant to clean the litter box. "Their sense of smell is 2,000 percent more than ours," Sonya says. "Don't wash the litter box out with any disinfectant, because when they get in there, they want to get right out again because they can't stand the smell of it." Sonya suggests going "green" and using vinegar and water rather than chemicals to clean the litter box.
"A Not-So-Fine Feathered Friend"
Candy says her husband Rich and his parrot Mickey get along terrifically, but that she's feeling a bit left out of the group. "She's a nightmare!" she says about the bird. "Rich feeds her, takes her side on anything -- what bothers me the most is that I'm really nice to her and she's never nice to me." Candy explains that Mickey is always biting and nipping at her, and she's reached her boiling point. "It's me or the bird," she threatens.
Sonya says Mickey has formed a special bond with Rich, and sees Candy as a rival. "Parrots are often like this," she explains. "They take a human and make them their mate, so that's where the jealousy is coming in." Sonya also suggests that Candy take on a more stern, parental tone with Mickey when she acts up. "Simply tell the bird that you would appreciate it if she wouldn't treat you like that," Sonya says. "And don't take her behavior personally because she feels your resentment -- and that isn't helping the situation between the two of you."
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