Monday, May 1, 2017


Lessons From A Dumpster Kitty

Survival, Healing & BEING

From the moment I first met him, Rudy always has a lot to say. Little did I know just how much and how he would forever change our lives.

1st day I fed Rudy Aug 2012

A skinny black and white kitty with a black scarecrow like nose appeared from behind a tall fence made of woven wooden boards right next to the dumpster of my father's assisted living facility.

Rudy happily eating

His voice pierced through and above everything in the noisy parking lot, including large fire trucks a few yards away. He was starving and all about food but so friendly. He was not afraid to walk right up to the 4 of us that were thrilled to see him. He was not afraid of a wheelchair or walker. He greeted everyone in the most special and sweet way.


Oh he had so much to say and continues to talk quite clearly and loudly! I remember thinking to myself, "I could not live with that noise!!" It was not love at first sight for me, but now he not only has my (and our) heart, he is part of my very soul.

45 minutes after Rudy arrived....he was HOME!

3 days after the first meeting, Rudy came to live with us. His healing work began the moment he came through the door of our home. So many people told us that Rudy was a lucky boy to have been rescued from starvation and living on the streets, but Rudy saved us! It had been 6 months since our beloved kitty Katy had died and we did not want to bring an animal companion into our stress filled home. The stress came from the challenges of human elder care and our grief from missing Katy "sunshine" as well as other situations that are just the stuff of life, but Rudy rolls with the punches and was a purr-fect match.

Rudy on my lap helping and inspiring

Rudy is our first lap cat. (Our others would sit next to us but never on us.) 
Rudy's first night home

He slept in bed with us the first night he came home and his purrs were instantly healing and up lifting. It must have felt like the best dream to him after who knows how long of sleeping in the wild of the suburbs. He even survived the horrible derecho storm that summer.

Rudy loves "his" porch

Every morning Rudy wakes me up to go outside on the porch to greet the day and meditate. Of course getting up that early is always about food. We feel he will never loose the fear of starvation, but that life is in his past. 

He often purrs and chatters at the birds and other critters that come and go from our yard. When the weather is cold he brings me to his favorite chair right next to the windows that gives him a perfect view of his outdoor kingdom.

Rudy was diagnosed with a rare cancer on January 16th of this year. We were told there is no cure and at best we had weeks to months. What? How can this be? But Rudy seems to have other ideas.

Every day he reminds me to BE in the moment.
Another lesson from him is: Problem? Not a problem! 

Shortly after he was home from the ER after his diagnosis of cancer, Rudy told an animal communicator friend and colleague of mine that, "It is NOT a PROBLEM". Cancer is NOT a PROBLEM! He also said that we were to remember his point of view, that he is living and being in the moment.

How does one "BE" in the moment when we are afraid of what might be or what could happen? The answer to that question is simple and yet has many layers. The animals all know the answer. But please read on for more from Rudy.

Rudy has been teaching me lessons every day and moment that he has been with us. This is one example...

Do try to always remember that words can have "power" if we allow them to. The word CANCER. Cancer that has no cure. Weeks to months! How is this possible? But Rudy lives lessons of living and being in the present moment. He has and is teaching us to Trust. Trust our feelings and our gut. Gather information. Gather the medical team. Listen to Rudy. Often he reminds us to look at him. What do we see? We see a healthy, happy kitty. No one would know he had cancer if we did not tell them. He is clear that we must always ask him if we begin to doubt.

It has been almost 4 months since we were given the diagnosis of weeks to months for him to live and yet here we are! Rudy is our miracle.

Rudy purrs into the microphone with his wisdom, healing and so much more

Rudy has made it clear that he wants his "voice" to be heard. I told him I would try to do my best to honor his request an find a venue that would best serve him to make that possible.

I am happy to announce that Rudy has agreed to be the new "spokesman" for Animal Paradise - Communication & Healing. He has a new Face Book page called, "Healing Purrs From Rudy". (link below)

What's next? 

There are limitless possibilities, Rudy says. I have a feeling he will be inspiring and encouraging me to share his teachings, thoughts and wisdom here in the Animal Paradise Blog.

As you go about your daily life remember to take a moment, or more, and BE. Breathe it all in for a moment and FEEL. As you do this FEEL the healing purrs that come from Rudy to you.

Please LIKE Healing Purrs From Rudy on Face Book

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lessons From Lucy & Friends: Fox

Lessons From Lucy & Friends:

Lesson From Fox

Even though we live in the suburbs of Washington, DC we are blessed with many wild beings. I never know who might show up from day to day. There is a fox family that used to have a den right on the edge of our property but they moved. Several different red foxes still visit our bird feeder along with deer, squirrels, chipmunks and of course birds. Early this morning one was right outside the window and then poof! She was gone. Most likely hunting her breakfast.

Earlier this summer while I was out on our screened porch doing my morning meditation with Rudy on my lap, I received a message and lessons from "fox". This message is a wonderful lesson for we humans. This is from the fox's point of view...

  • Be alert and use all of your senses to instantly assess every moment and situation.
  • Keep moving when outside the den/home.   
  • Be quick when needed but always quickly assessing the situation, especially when it comes to food. 
  • Feed yourself first and then feed your family. 
  • Find others and work together for the common good of survival. (She shows me the deer family that always comes into our yard. She often appears just after they (the deer family) eat at our bird feeder and at times is right there with them. The reason she is always close to them, she shares, is they know the best places to find food that the humans share with the wild ones. They have an interesting collaboration and agreement.
    Fox waiting for deer to invite or leave

    Deer at feeder and fox back by trees waiting
  • Dig in the earth. (As you are digging become the earth. Let everything else go and become obsessed with the digging...claws and paws and the feel, smell and textures.) 
  • The cave or den is home and sanctuary but so much more.
  • Go into the earth every day. 
  • Take nourishment on all levels from the mother. (Mother Earth) In summer it (the earth/den) is dark and cool  but in winter it is warmth and protection...always protection from the elements. 
  • Sleep. Deep sleep. All needed. 
  • Feel the feeling of safety and comfort. 
I am always in awe and humbled by the profound and wise lessons that the animals share with we humans.

What lessons do you take from the message from Fox?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Signs & Messages

Messages and Signs

When we connect deeper with our animal friends and all of nature our whole being can change. We each experience life in our own unique way. It is important that we are open to the world around us. Often we are so caught up in the stuff of life or focused on our mobile devises when we are out in the world, we miss the subtle messages and signs that are given to us every day and moment. I would like to share with you one such moment that left me speechless and in awe. 

On September 28th, 2016 my life was forever changed because it was the day that my father made his transition from this physical life to one that is fully in spirit form. I was told by a friend that it was as if he had been in a very dark cave that was covered with a boulder and suddenly the boulder was rolled away and there was light guiding him out of the darkness.

I had been asking for signs or messages from Dad and I did my best to be open to possibilities. The morning after he died I saw 3 foxes run through our yard. I have never see 3 foxes at the same time in the 30 years we have lived here, so I took that as a possible sign from Dad but was not 100% sure. 

Then a butterfly that I had never seen before or since, circled my head 3 times and landed on a flower right in front of my face. The energy of this delightful being was so high and fast and yet calm and peaceful. There was a smile in every cell of my body!

But it was less than one week later, the day after his funeral, as I walked out of his assisted living facility after cleaning and packing, that I…. Well I have no words. Instead I would like to share with you what I saw.

As I walked toward my car I looked at the setting sun and noticed there was a “sun dog” to the left of the sun. (A sundog is a rainbow that can appear on either side of the setting sun if conditions are right) I gasped with joy. I had just been thinking about the sundog that our kitty Sammy sent us on the day that he died in 2007. It was a big rainbow eye in the sky to the right of the setting sun. Sammy sent it again on the last day of a week long trip that I was on with the humpback whales in the Silver Bank. Again we saw the big rainbow eye on the right side of the setting sun as we headed in to our boat.  

Those were amazing but nothing compared to what I experienced this day.
I walked into the parking lot toward my car and saw this:

There were no words. No words could be spoken.
I stopped in my tracks (I did take pictures thankfully).

This photo is the sundog close up.

I was speechless and in awe.

I got in my car to begin driving home. The parking lot opened up exposing more of the sky and this is what I saw next….

I jumped out of the car to take photos because I knew no one would believe me and then I just stood there in the moment. Holy cow dad!!! Thanks!

Next I called my husband, who was at home, and asked him to run outside and look at the sun to see if he could see what I saw. The tree line blocked the sun and he told me that he could not see anything, but he looked up straight over his head and said all he could see was a rainbow and his neck was hurting from looking up like that. That seemed very strange to me and there was nothing like that were I was.

When I arrived home I stood in our drive way and looked straight up to see this….

I have never seen a rainbow in the clouds. How is this possible?

I felt like this was yet another sign from Dad, A smiling rainbow. Dad’s beautiful blue eyes and his rainbow smile looking down over the top of our house.

That was a pretty big sign and message if you ask me! I felt that my father was trying to let us know that he is just fine, actually better than fine. It was as if he was having the best time and wanted to share a tiny bit with us.

My heart still hurts so much missing him, but it is also filled with love and comfort as I am always in awe of nature, the animals and the great mystery of the all that is.

A couple of days after the Sundog my brother, nephew and I were at Dad’s apartment clearing it out and looked out the window and saw this:

I knew this too was a sign from Dad. He loved looking out his window and from time to time these big birds would sit on the top of a tree and the two of them seemed to have a conversation. This bird posed for us and seemed to be deeply and purposefully connected to us, as we stood at the window together in the moment filled with wonder and awe. There were messages but they are personal.

Always try to remember to take a moment to open to possibilities that there are signs and messages around you all the time. Look for them. They may be a shiny penny, a feather, butterflies or flowers, or a bird that seems to be singing just for your pleasure and enjoyment. Listen, feel, experience and have fun. The animals and all of nature have so much to teach and share with us.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Illusion & the Magic Bridge

Illusion & The Magic Bridge


Always an interesting topic and thought for me, but what does illusion and a bridge have to do with animal communication and healing?
The above picture came from Annie Kagan, the author of the book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. Today in her newsletter she writes about a "magic bridge" that allows us to walk across and penetrate the illusions of life. To do so one must get quiet, tuning out the noise and fears of the world that most of us are bombarded with daily via our TV's, radio, internet and more. 
To me getting quiet means BEING...BEING in the stillness and silence with the animals and all that is. The animals are the perfect examples and teachers of the find art of BEING. Remember that we are "human-beings" not "humans-doing"!

On our path of life you may find yourself standing in the middle of the "magic bridge" feeling as if the waters and land below are treacherous and threatening to come crashing over and take you with them, but remember that it is but an illusion! It does not feel that way in the moment. Trust me as I seem to be on the bridge almost every day lately. Thankfully there are life preservers and things we can do to get safely across the bridge.

Take a slow deep breath in and out and connect to one or more of your animal friends. As you do this, notice your whole body and mind shifting as you connect to the earth energy and the power that is within you deep down in your belly/gut. Allow the illusions of life that do not serve you to fall away as your animal friend/s and you walk across the Magic Bridge together. Allow the animals to teach you and show you the way.
May your day be filled with moments of silence and joy as you spend time with your animal friend/s and with nature. Feel the earth under your feet and walk with confidence and courage across the "magic bridge" allowing the illusions of life to drop gently under the bridge and of course don't forget to smile!

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Morning Chatter: Spring

Happy Spring!!!

The Morning Chatter: Spring

Spring came early here in Northern Virginia this year after a crazy winter. More roller coaster weather coming for us in this area of the world as this weekend "they" are calling for snow.

I so love spring. The crocus are usually the first to wake up from their winter hibernation to announce that warmer weather is coming. Next the daffodils followed by the flowering trees, begin to burst onto the scene. 

This area is famous for the Cherry Blossoms and our cherry tree is in full bloom now.

Please enjoy the latest edition of The Morning Chatter video below. This deer family came for a mid morning visit on St Patrick's Day in the bright sun. I love the long shadows cast by the sun so low in the sky.

This group always has so much to say. Just listen, feel, connect and enjoy a short meditation with them....

The Morning Chatter: Spring

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Morning Chatter: Icicles

The Morning Chatter: Icicles

Ah the wonders of nature. Every aspect is so unique and special. So often we just take everything around us for granted.

The Morning Chatter is not just about the animals and their communication as the day begins, it is about all life. Connecting with nature helps us learn how to BE. In the simple BEING-NESS if you will, we can connect on deep and profound ways with our animal friends and companions as well as all that is.

I hope you enjoy the melting icicles. They are so beautiful. Water in 2 forms = frozen and liquid. Both H2O but different. Different and the same.

Have fun....

The Morning Chatter: Icicles


Friday, January 15, 2016

The Morning Chatter: Sun & Moon

The Morning Chatter: Sun & Moon

Connecting with nature on a daily basis is key to improving your connection with animals and all that is. Developing a daily meditation practice allows you to open in a more grounded and deeper way to your animal friends. Meditation does not need to be complicated. Simply walking in nature or just standing or sitting still can be quite profound. Do this every day and notice how you feel.

Most of my life I was a "night owl" in my work and life but now my kitty Rudy gets me up at O-dark-thirty! What a beautiful time of day. The world for the most part is quiet just before sunrise. The air has a different feel to it. Then as the sun begins to rise above the horizon there is a shift. The world seems to come to life from the stillness of the night.

This morning I was doing my usual morning "chores" of filling bird feeders and making sure our wild animal friends has breakfast and clean water. It was a lovely morning with a soft mist in the air that felt so good on my face. I turned to go back inside and saw the moon in the west with light misty clouds passing in front of its face. Rudy, our kitty, was chattering away as he usually does in the morning. The birds began to wake up and sing their morning songs and the sun started to light up the sky as it began to peek above the horizon through the trees.

Turn the audio up and enjoy a moment of quiet meditation as you connect with the moon, clouds, sky, sun, birds, trees and all that is....

The Morning Chatter: Sun & Moon