Hearts in My Path – Walk In Beauty

Jun. 22nd 2012 8:55 AM

Dylan (Photo by Diane Lewis, pet photographer)

This is the final post telling Dylan’s story, as told by my client Donna G. Enjoy! Please leave a comment and share what you think.

Chapter 3

“I don’t believe, I know.” Carl Jung

In September, six months after Dylan passed over, I was in Cleveland on a business trip. The afternoon I arrived in Cleveland was a beautiful fall day. I drove down to a park by Lake Erie and watched the sunset. I sat on a picnic table and took photos of the lighthouse off shore. The light was golden and lovely, and I enjoyed my time there.

The next morning I was getting ready for my business meeting, thinking about what I should say about this or that problem. As I was brushing my teeth, it was as if someone put a photograph in front of my eyes. In the photo I was sitting on the picnic table, looking out at the lighthouse. But it took my breath away when I realized there in the lush green grass of fall, looking peaceful and happy, was my sweet, sweet Dylan! He was looking at me with his wonderful kind eyes. It was one of those moments a person never forgets! There, in a hotel room in Cleveland, Dylan let me know that he was with me, ever with me.

I have to admit there was a part of me that thought maybe I should see a doctor! I know what grief can do to the human mind, and I had been in the throes of immeasurable grief for a long time. I decided to contact an animal communicator who had connected with Dylan when he was sick to ask how he was tolerating the chemotherapy treatments. I told her about the heart on the back door, the photo that flashed before my eyes, and that how sometimes I felt Dylan’s presence around me. I also told her I missed him so much that I wondered if I had imagined these things so I could bear the grief I was feeling. Her response was just what I needed:

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Dylan’s Hearts! Messages from Donna’s Beloved Dog.

Jun. 15th 2012 9:38 AM

Maggie - photo courtesy of Donna

This is the second of three posts telling the story of Dylan’s Hearts, as told by my client Donna G. Please leave a comment with your thoughts, feedback and sharings. Enjoy!

Chapter 2

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found.” Rumi

It would be easy to write pages and pages describing the heart wrenching grief I felt on the loss of Dylan. So many other stories on the web and in print do a wonderful and much needed job of documenting the grieving process and the indescribable pain that losing our animal companions can cause. If you are reading this, you already know this. I want to concentrate instead on what can happen when we look beyond the grief and find miracles at every turn!

Dylan passed over on March 18, 2011. By the end of May, at the urging of family and friends and in an effort to try to find some positive energy in our household, I rescued a 3-month old golden retriever whom I named Maggie. Maggie had been abandoned, along with the rest of her littermates, and had been in a foster home for about 2 months. Except for her love of putting everything possible in her mouth, Maggie has been a great puppy. She quickly fulfilled my goal of bringing some positive energy into the household! There were times I could have sworn that Dylan whispered in her ear and told her what kind of funny, crazy tricks she could do to make me laugh. Many of her antics were very much like Dylan’s, and she does make me smile.

About a month after Maggie came into our family, the first tangible and documented message from Dylan arrived.  

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The Wound is Where the Light Enters – A Special Dog Brings Light Back to the Human Heart

Jun. 8th 2012 7:44 AM

Photo courtesy of Donna

This is the story of Dylan’s Hearts, as told by my client, Donna G. This is the first of three posts. Please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts and feedback. Enjoy!


The Sufis believe when your heart is broken or your soul is wounded, your soul sends a light out into the universe. Somewhere, another soul sees the light and comes to help you. The wound is the place where the light enters.

And so it was with Dylan and me. He answered the call and immediately the fog of my life lifted. It had been there so long that I thought it belonged there, was meant to be there. I was almost comfortable with the sadness that was always close by.

By the time I was 27 years old, both of my parents and all grandparents had passed away. I have a brother who is married with children of his own. I have numerous cousins that I am close to and who have meant the world to me through the years. As the years passed, their lives grew fuller with their own children, and they moved further and further away from the reality of my life. I turned my attention to my work and became successful in my career. I was into my fifties when Dylan came into my life, wondering if I was ever going to be “Number One” to anyone. Dylan changed all of that the moment we met.

My love for Dylan is immense, just as my grief was when he passed away after just six short years here on this earth. With Rain’s help, I have come to know not only what a great gift he was while he walked beside me, but what a much greater gift he is as he helps me with my “whole hearted healing” that he is directing from the spiritual world.

This document is not for looking back, but for sharing facts that I know to be true to help everyone who knows the pain of losing a beloved animal companion, or anyone on their own journey trying to understand the things that cannot be proven.

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Meighan’s Story: Finding My Lost Dog With Animal Communication

Nov. 18th 2011 1:01 PM

Dodger playing

This is an inspiring story from one of my clients who used animal communication to find her lost dog.

When my husband and I had first gotten our new dog, Dodger, my husband took Dodger and our other dog, Canyon, out for a hike. During the hike, Dodger took off and got lost. After a couple hours of looking for him, my husband called me at work to say that he couldn’t find Dodger anywhere and I should come help look for him. So I came home and my husband, Canyon, and I hiked around calling for Dodger for another couple hours until it was dark. We were kind of giving up hope that we would find Dodger that night. At that time, my sister happened to call me on my cell phone and I told her what we were doing. She told me that she had read somewhere that when you have a lost animal, you should

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Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog?

Sep. 8th 2011 5:53 PM

I received this in an email from a friend. I have no idea who the original author of the story is nor who the kind soul is in the dead letter office of the US postal service. However, this sure is a sweet story and I wanted to share it with you. I hope it warms your heart.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy

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Relief for Hot Spots

Apr. 8th 2011 3:45 PM


It’s Spring and for some dogs this is a time when allergies flare up and hot spots can develop. So, here is a suggestion from Susie and Danger (the adorable dog in the photo) to help relieve hot spots.

For doggie hot spots I clean the entire area being careful to make sure I have cleaned all of it as it is easy to hide in long haired dog’s fur. Then I pat the area dry (damp really) and apply either hydrogen peroxide or colloidal silver drops (available at health food stores & used undiluted), wait a few minutes and spray Skin-Lasting* directly over the entire area. I do this 2 times a day and generally by the third time it is healed. I have had people tell me that on cats for dry or patchy areas it is harder to spray and it seems to sting more. However, the stinging only lasts for a few seconds.”

* Skin-Lasting is a product that Susie actually developed for people with dry skin issues and she has found it effective to heal hot spots on her dog too. I’ve used skin-lasting for myself and it does do wonders for healing dry skin and it’s a great moisturizer for my mature skin.  It sprays on like water, it’s not greasy and it’s effective. Here’s the link to the website for more information:  www.skinlasting.com

Danger only gets one or two hot spots per year so this method of treatment has been effective for his needs. Hot spots can be an indicator of allergies or other conditions, which may require a dietary change and/or other treatment.  If your dog has chronic episodes of hot spots, consulting a veterinarian is advisable. My dog Syra used to get hot spots often; she had allergies. I found the Chinese herbs called Skin Relief to be effective for her. Here is the website link for that alternative: dogcross.com.

In-person Consultations at Camp Unleashed in May!

Mar. 11th 2011 12:15 PM

Eat! Sniff! Play! That’s the motto at Camp Unleashed, a 4-day weekend retreat with your dog in the beautiful relaxing countryside in Asheville, NC. Enjoy the company of other dogs and dog lovers, immerse your dog in nature, celebrate the full free expression of dogness and see the world through your dog’s eyes.

I will be doing in-person consultations for the campers and their dogs at the next event on May 13-15, 2011.

Camp Unleashed offers agility, dock diving, canine massage, scent games, painting with your pup, yoga with your dog, disc throwing, hikes, canoeing, animal communication and more.

Camp Unleashed is a unique bonding experiencing for you and your dog. To register for their May 2011 camp, or to learn more, see their website: www.campunleashed.net. I look forward to seeing you and your dogs!

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Animal Communication YouTube Video

Feb. 11th 2011 12:34 PM

My YouTube video is out! An Introduction to Animal Communication. I’m very excited to share this with you. Please let me know what you think. And please “Share This” with friends and family to help spread the word about the joy of understanding our animals more deeply. It’s an honor and a privilege to do this work.

Please visit and subscribe to my new YouTube channel too!

Service Dog Helping Kids – Read To The Dog Program

Oct. 20th 2010 10:29 PM

Dr. Willie - Therapy Dog

You’ve heard of public service announcements. Well these are public upliftment spots. Little Pearls, a series of 30 second to 3 minute videos, that inspire connection, understanding and compassion by opening hearts and minds is made possible by the generosity of  Linda McLean. I recently met Linda; she’s delightful and I hope you’ll visit her website to see Dr. Willie’s 30 second spot and many others. I picked the one on Dr. Willie, the therapy dog, simply because he’s sooooo cute! http://littlepearls.org/drwillie.html There is also a Spirit Dog video and several human inspirational spots too. Check out www.littlepearls.org for all offerings… and if it moves you, pass on the love to friends.

Spinning Fur Into Yarn

Oct. 13th 2010 8:33 PM

We’re all familiar with wool, yarn derived from sheep. But have you ever thought how wonderful it would feel to be cloaked in your animal companion’s luxurious fur?

Well, it’s possible. Christine O’Hara, of Spinning Straw Into Gold, transforms fur into yarn. Simply save the fur from your cat or dog’s brushings and send it to her. She’ll spin it into yarn that you can then knit into a scarf, blanket or whatever your fancy and enjoy the warmth and beauty of your furry friend in a new way. This is also a unique way to memorialize your animal companions.

To learn more about this process, visit their website at: http://www.spinningstrawintogold.com/

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