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SL86 – Spring 2012, Issue #86

Species Link Journal Spring 2012Founder’s Frame- “Plants Exude Love” Penelope Smith’s moving tribute to trees, plants, and flowers.

Furry Heart Club- Stories about how animals have opened our hearts to love.

In Service- Georgina Cyr explains what Iridology is, and how it can be used to help animals.

Voice of Experience- Do plants have feelings? Do they suffer physically when we harvest them to eat? How do plants feel about giving up their lives to sustain our lives?

Featured Animal Communicator- Karen Craft


SL85 – Winter 2012, Issue #85

Founder’s Frame- Penelope Smith recounts her experience of 11/11/11 and the momentous energetic portal opening.

Species Link Journal Winter 2012Our In Service column covers Reiki and Animal Communication.

Watering Hole  features reader’s discussion of Angel’s Gate Sanctuary and PETA’s expose, as well as opinions about confining animals. I

In this issue‘s AC Adventures, communicators share their animal related experiences on 11/11/11, as well as how something as simple as a dog’s birthday party can be a way to open skeptic’s eyes to the spiritual aspects of their pets.

Communicators weigh in on how animals react to the loss of their humans in Voice of Experience.

Georgina Cyr, our Featured Animal Communicator, specializes in medical intuitive health and body scans of animals. She also gives tips on learning animal communication.

Reviews includes books on the spiritual teachings of animals, as well as a child’s book about Splat the Cat, who helps children realize that if they believe in themselves, they can achieve anything.



SL84 – Autumn 2011, Issue #84

Species Link Journal Autumn 2011

SL 85 Autumn 2011

Founder’s Frame- Penelope Smith shares her take on “The Vital Role of Pure Presence” in telepathically communicating with animals, and solving issues a client may be having with their animal companion.

In Service- Homeopathy: Medicine for All Species. Donna Lozito, CCH discusses the uses of homeopathy, commonly used remedies, and shares some real-life examples of the effectiveness of homeopathy for animals.

AC Adventures- Animal communicators share their experiences communicating with a variety of wild and domestic animals including an interview with a scorpion.

Voice of Experience- Should Animal Communicators Make Money? Experienced animal communicators share their perspectives on this subject.

Featured Animal Communicator- Asia Voight

Sanctuary Spotlight- Angel’s Gate Sanctuary

SL 83 – Summer 2011, Issue #83

In Service- Animal Communicator Angela Newman writes about “Healing Relationships between Animals and People.”

AC Adventures- Topics include “The Oneness of Ants” and “Telepathy in our Canines.”

Voice of Experience- “Vivisection and Free Choice” Do animals choose to be used in research of their own free will? And why would they choose such a painful life path?

Featured Animal Communicator is Debbie Johnstone.

Sanctuary Spotlight- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Whooping cranes are cleared for takeoff after getting FAA exemption

(CNN) — A flock of whooping cranes, grounded for nearly a month, can continue its journey south for the winter after getting a one-time exemption Tuesday from a federal agency.

Back in December, in Franklin County, Alabama — approximately 693 miles into a 1,285-mile journey from Wisconsin to Florida — the flight of the nine endangered birds was halted and they were put in a pen until further notice.
The issue at hand was a Federal Aviation Administration regulation that forbids paying pilots who fly the small ultralight aircraft used to guide the birds. Specifically, “sport pilot aircraft” cannot be used for commercial purposes, and when the pilots are compensated that makes it commercial, according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Joe Duff, co-founder and CEO of Operation Migration, the group leading the crane effort, says its pilots are full-time employees who get compensated for working with the birds seven days a week — working on many different job responsibilities — and that the flying is done on a volunteer basis.
The FAA first accepted the explanation, but after further review decided that the organization was not meeting the requirements. Operation Migration decided to voluntarily ground the rare birds at that time, in the middle of their journey, until they were able to legally continue the flight.

Operation Migration is an organization that assists whooping cranes hatched in captivity, from their first steps through their first migratory trip south. To help the whooping cranes become true wild animals when they start to live on their own, the organization practices “isolation rearing,” in which all people who come into contact with the birds must wear a costume that looks like a whooping crane. In this case, both the pilot and the plane are outfitted to look like the endangered bird.

Noting that the flock was stuck in an incorrect location for the past month, the FAA Tuesday green-lighted Operation Migration to continue the journey to the St. Marks and Chassahowitzka national wildlife refuges in Florida.
According to an FAA statement, “Because the operation is in ‘mid-migration,’ the FAA is granting a one-time exemption so the migration can be completed. The FAA will work with Operation Migration to develop a more comprehensive, long-term solution.”

Duff said the FAA has two criteria for issuing a waiver of this regulation: first, that it does not impede safety; and second, that it is a benefit to the American people. Duff believes Operation Migration’s flights meet both criteria, noting their three pilots practice all safety measures and the organization is assisting with the eco-tourism business and reintroducing an endangered species, which he believes does benefit the American people.
The FAA and Operation Migration will work to resolve the situation in the near future, but for now, this year’s new flock continues the journey south for the winter.

There Is Always Hope with Reiki and Animal Communication

By Cathy Currea

It’s never easy when a beloved pet doesn’t feel well, especially when it’s chronic or life-threatening. It can be an anxious and upsetting time for both the caregiver and animal. Worst of all, it can bring up feelings of hopelessness, fear and stress as we want to make sure our friends receive every opportunity to feel their best. Hearing your pet’s “voice” through animal communication and offering Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) allows you to work in partnership with your companion animal as well as bringing hope despite the prognosis.


Kathleen Prasad, President of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association and an Animal Reiki Teacher, explains that, “Reiki helps us to connect more deeply with the animals we love. Within this energetic connection, we often understand more fully what they are going through or how they are feeling. This can be a great support in communication.”

Animal Communication is an intuitive, two-way telepathic connection. Telepathy comes from the Latin words, “tele,” which means far or distance; and “pathy,” which means feeling. Translated, it means “feeling another soul or being over a distance through non-verbal communication.” All spiritual beings, including people and animals, are born with the ability to communicate using this universal language. As an Animal Communicator, I interpret animals’ thoughts, feelings and viewpoints as well as question them about any and all aspects of their lives. In other words, I give animals a voice so you gain a better understanding of your animal from a holistic perspective.

Your animal family is always tuned into you since they naturally receive what you are transmitting telepathically, whether it’s a happy feeling or a message of fear or concern. They communicate with you using telepathic messages as well. Animals love it when you receive their messages at this spiritual level because it allows for the creation of a deeper, more meaningful relationship to develop. There are many benefits to communicating telepathically with your pets, especially when are chronically ill. One of the biggest benefits is being able to work in partnership with your pet instead of second guessing what their wishes and desires are. Continue reading

Inside of a Dog

by Alexandra Horowitz (Scribner, 2010, 384 pgs., $16.00)

What is it like to be a dog? Well, you see everything from less than two feet from the ground in most cases, and your eyesight isn’t so great for objects right in front of you. Your primary way of sensing the world around you is smell. Odors undetectable by human beings form a rich and fascinating tapestry of data, interest, and delight to a dog. We gaze at a sunset; a dog smells a rock that other dogs have visited.

Dogs are extremely perceptive and can tell from the twitch of a finger that you are about to feed them or take them on a walk. They can smell your moods and ailments; dogs are sometimes used to detect cancer.

This is a remarkable book filled with good advice. For example, do not rush your dog through a walk; allow ample time for sniffing and smelling, because, for a dog, that is what going for a walk is all about: a fascinating olfactory tour of the neighborhood. Not allowing a dog time to smell is like making you go through the walk blindfolded.

If the book has any fault, it is that Horowitz relies too much on “scientific” experiments that are sometimes poorly designed or that do not take important factors into account. She discounts the idea that dogs will respond with helpful actions in case of an emergency because an experiment showed that dogs were unconcerned when emergency situations were simulated (a heart attack, falling shelves). But, after spending many pages explaining how perceptive and tuned in dogs are, it never occurs to her that a dog can tell quite easily that the experimenters are faking. Other than that, Inside of a Dog is a fascinating and informative read.

Making a Deal with Coyote

by Sue Stein

I’d just given my miniature horses their hay when Misty’s ears swiveled back and then she turned her whole body, facing away from me, looking off to the rear of the fence line 100 feet away. I looked too. And then I saw it—a huge coyote, just coming out of the underbrush on the far side of the fence. Considering there used to be timber wolves in this area, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to see that he was a mixture of wolf and coyote…huge, cunning, and highly intelligent. His eyes went from the mini horses and then met mine. He sat down in the grass and stared at me.

I’d seen coyotes in with the horses before, stalking them. They’d attacked my dogs three times in my yard in broad daylight and I’d had to run them off, scared to death…but I did it. So the fact that this particular coyote had absolutely no fear of me made me very nervous. I’d taken to carrying a baseball bat with me whenever I went out in the yard or up to feed the horses. Not that it would make much difference if a coyote decided to attack me—I’d seen how fast they can run…like the wind itself.

So I brandished my bat in what I hoped was a convincingly menacing manner and yelled at the coyote. He just sat there, staring at me. I took my bat and smacked it against the wood fence post. Whap! Whap! All the while I was yelling at the coyote, trying to scare it off. It responded with a langorously sensual stretch, and then lay down. Still staring at me.

I looked at the mini horses. They looked at me, then back at the coyote, and then began munching their hay. They obviously figured I had the situation under control.

After at least five minutes of making loud noises and yelling at it to leave, it got up, had a huge yawn, and began moving through the underbrush. I realized that it could in a few minutes cut me off from my only path back to the house. I picked up my bat and ran back to the yard, grabbing the dogs and towing them inside the house, slamming the door as fast as I could in case the coyote was on my heels.

That night I sat on my couch and decided to try to contact Coyote and work out a deal. I connected right away, and asked Coyote to agree to leave me, and all of my animals alone, to stay out of my yard and the horse pasture. In return, I promised to keep all the coyotes safe and not let anyone on my land to trap or kill them. It took awhile, but Coyote agreed. This was two years ago, and I’ve only seen one coyote, a dusty black one, lurking on the edges of my lawn trying to tempt my dog to come to him. I chased him off with the bat, too. In the winter there would be tons of tracks through my yard; after the agreement, there were seldom any. And when the packs howl at night, they are no longer right next to my house, or close to the horses.

I’m still not sure what that coyote was trying to communicate to me that day it stared across the pasture at me. I was too scared at the time to try to connect with him to ask. As long as Coyote continues honoring his agreement with me, I’m willing to co-exist in peace with all the coyotes.

Just One More Day

by Geoffrey Bain (Enchanted Forest Press, 2011, 276 pgs., $19.95)

When Geoffrey Bain had to say goodbye to his best canine friend, he was devastated.

He wondered at what point, when you have to put your animal down, should you choose to let go. He researched the matter and found varying viewpoints. Just One More Day is full of first-hand accounts from animal lovers who had to go through the heart-wrenching act of putting their animal out of his or her misery.

Keith L. tells of his horrible pet experiences—most tragically died, leading him to feel cursed and hesitant about adopting a new furry family member. Six years later, his dog is still around and spreading love. It is not just animal guardians who share their opinions, but doctors and children as well.

More importantly, there are several tools provided to help someone who has lost a dear animal companion, including tips for coping and a “Quality of Life Scale” with explanation and chart. Poetry, clever quotes, and funny anecdotes fill the remaining pages. Of the many books about loss, this one is definitely worthwhile.





The Dog with a “B” on His Bottom!!!

by Brent Atwater

(Just Plain Love Books, 2010, Softcover, 36 pages, $12.95)

Everyone who has lost an animal companion would likely share the same sentiments Brent Atwater expresses in her book, The Dog with a “B” on His Bottom!!! The author shares her story of the loss of her dog and the renewal of happiness in the journey to find a new dog. She finds a new and wonderful companion in a puppy who has a “B” on its backside, “written” the same way Brent writes the “B” in her name. Though in this brief tale there are a few moments where the reader will “aww” and perhaps shed a tear, one might be better off reading I’m Home!, another book by Brent Atwater which not only has this story, but several other love stories from around the world involving dog reincarnation.