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senior and dogI have always wanted to know what animals are thinking and how they feel.   Do you ever wonder about that as well?  I see shows about people talking to animals but I always thought it was a hoax to boost ratings.  Amy Phillips Penn contacted me and it got me thinking about this topic.

I will tell you a couple of personal stories then you can read about Amy Phillips Penn.  She’s a society/fashion columnist in Palm Beach, polo player and writes about polo.  Read more about her book, and communicating with her horse, below.

rabbit and pup

About 4 years ago I moved to Florida.  I had two ferrets at the time.  One of them became very ill and the veterinarian was not sure what was wrong.  He did say her fever was so high, that alone might kill her.  I called someone I knew who is an animal communicator.  I was desperate!  She told me that she would see what she could do and call me back.  Shortly after we hung up she called me back.  She told me that my ferrets stomach was hurting her really bad.  My ferret commented, she consumed something really bad.  I contacted the veterinarian to tell him what I was told.  (I did not tell him how I knew this).  He did another test and it seemed my ferret had consumed some pesticide.  He was not 100% positive, but he treated her for that.  Within a day she was back to normal.  It occurred to me she may have got pesticide on her nose when she walked on the grass.  The day before she got sick, the grass had been treated but there were not “pesticide” signs.

Another thing that caught my attention…..when the communicator was talking to my ferret she asked my ferret, “is there a funny story you can tell me to take your mind off of your pain”?  My ferret told her a real life story about her and her brother, then they laughed together.  The communicator told me the story and asked if it were true?  I told her the story actually happened the day before.  The only people, or animals, that would know that story were my two ferrets and me.  I WAS SOLD!

pup and kitty

One other story that I know of….A friend was going to put her dog down.  I told her to call the animal communicator to see if the dog had any last wishes.  The dog wanted mashed potatoes.  My friend said the dog never liked mashed potatoes so she was not impressed with the communicator.  A few weeks after the dog was put down my friend had a dinner party.  At that party was a man who had owned that dog the first 4 years of its life.  My friend adopted the dog from him.  I asked him if the dog had a favorite “people” food?   He said she loved mashed potatoes.  My friend was so shocked!!  She could not believe her dog had to die without getting her final request, mashed potatoes.

I’m sure there are a lot of wonderful communicators.   I contacted Lori Michel at



One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth

INDIO, Calif. – “We live in an age of communication and information, so why on earth is it so difficult for a person to understand what her horse is trying to tell her?” These are the words of polo pony Diosa in the new book, Diosa: One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth (published by AuthorHouse), the whimsical new full-color book by Amy Phillips Penn.

Ideal for young readers, listeners and horse lovers everywhere, Amy’s polo mare, Diosa – whose name means “goddess” in Spanish – shares her story of family, friends and overcoming obstacles. She begins in Wellington, Fla., where she lives with Amy, her “b.p.f.” or “best person forever”; her friend Max, a former polo pony turned show horse; and Holly, a golden retriever. After weathering two hurricanes in Florida, Diosa, Amy, Max and Holly pack up and set off for California in search of better weather and more polo playing opportunities.

The group arrives safely and Diosa explores the lemon groves of Santa Barbara, reveling in the ocean and mountains around her. She also grows closer to Amy with the help of a pet psychic, who teaches them how to better communicate with one another. After a time in Santa Barbara, Diosa and her friends endure more natural disasters as wildfires engulf the land around them:

As if struck by a lightning bolt, the horse next to me became unhinged. He leapt into midair, and twisted and turned, like he was trying to get a fly off of him. Only this was no normal fly attack. These were hot embers! We all knew that where there was smoke, there was usually … well, you know the rest. We couldn’t see the fires but we could sense them and smell them, so we were okay, for right now. Right now didn’t last long, as our barns and polo fields changed into a haven for other horses who were in much worse situations than we were. California is so hospitable to its pets, especially in emergencies.

After escaping the wildfires, Diosa is grateful to move to the safety of the desert. She stresses the importance of taking care of our planet. “Life is a love story if only you let it be one. Please take care of our planet and all of us so that we can take the best possible care of you,” she says.

Illustrated with photographs by renowned polo photographer David Lominska, Diosa: One Mare’s Odyssey on the Planet Earth is a true story about real animals, real events and real people with an important message: live life to its fullest, keep hope alive to overcome obstacles, and always remember to protect the environment.

About the Author: An enthusiastic polo player, Amy Phillips Penn has written for the New York Post, the Palm Beach Daily News, numerous polo publications, Town and Country magazine and Interview magazine. She is currently working on a novel/screenplay, Seduced by Polo, which chronicles the wild adventures of a New York society writer turned polo player.

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19 Responses to “Can People Really Talk With Animals?”

  • Diana says:

    Hi! I am 13 and really love animals. I have had 3 goldfish and they sadly died :'(. Then I had hermit crabs. They died too after 4 months D:. So I was wondering can everyone communicate to animals. If anyone knows how to talk and help me learn please help me.

  • eileen didot says:

    I have a cat that was clean for 1 yr. when I was adopted by a starving feral, so
    skinny I did not know she was pregnant. She disappeared for 2 weeks, then
    she brought me a new kitten with an infected eye. I took her to the vet, got
    medicine, brought her home, fixed a large box for her & momma outside. I
    went out to medicate the eye again & momma had brought me another in
    good health. A storm was coming so I moved their box to the garage. Soon
    it got too hot and I moved them to a spare bedroom. A while later, they
    joined the rest of the family. They grew up, but were threatened by Tigress.

    Later Tigress began urinating & spraying on every surface she could reach.
    I can no longer keep up with the cleaning. Tigress is my favorite & I don’t
    want to lose her. She has been seen by several vets, I have tried every sug-
    gestion. Can anyone get through to her that if she doesn’t stop her behavior,
    I will have to send her away to a no-kill shelter or put her down. Either one
    would break my heart. Lena (sore eye) disappeared 10 months later. I am
    willing and able to keep the other 4 cats. All 5 were, and the remaining
    four are female. Thank you Sincerely. Eileen

    • Rita Palmer says:

      Cats must be neutered or spade so they don’t spray. If they have urine still on the rug or in the house, they will go back to that spot. Get a professional cleaner who does urine cleaning. If you have more than one cat, get two litter boxes.

  • Lori says:

    Hi Paige! Beautifully written, Thank you! I will never forget your little girls giggle when she told me the story of Herbie falling from his little hammock. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to talk with your babies.

    I’ve enjoyed reading the different comments and opinions of some of your readers.


  • Lisa says:

    I wonder if most of us can communicate with animals if we are soft and pay attention to their cues? And I wonder if some animals are more communicative than others? I had a horse, Smokey, for over 25 years and I “knew” when he was sick, having trouble or the like even when I was away from him. We were a great team. I can’t say that I have that with all my horses, or even all my animals.

    • Rita Palmer says:

      For me, animals see me and the dog barks at me even if I am across the street. I hear the bark, and then I talk to them and tell them I love them. This happens all the time. My daughter’s dogs love me and won’t stop getting excited until I cuddle them. I have a cat and she is so smart. I trained her to come. She listens to me when I talk to her. She knows words better than a 3 year old.. She was abused when I got her and now she is a sweet loving cat. Cats especially need to know you love them and tell them you love them, or they will do their own thing and leave you alone. Or like a child they will act up and fight with other animals in the house.

  • Hollie says:

    So …here’s where I come out as one of the “odd ones.” I absolutely know that people can talk to animals – in fact, I’ve been trained in that skill myself. That said, I would caution anyone using an animal communicator to be careful. For every truly skilled person out there, there are others are who, I believe, are tuning into the person asking for the reading and not the actual animal. And, of course, there are some downright frauds. A good animal communicator is a pretty rare find. If you find one, keep ’em.

    The thing to remember is that animals don’t “talk.” They sense and they experience, but their memories, priorities, and focus is very different from ours. So their communication doesn’t tend to come in words or stories.

    Just a thought …

  • Luc says:

    Konrad Lorenz (nobelprizewinner) did that quite some time ago.
    So why this question?

  • Janet says:

    Yes, and I’m one of them. It’s something I’ve had since I was a child. I pick up images, emotions, words and feelings in the body from animals and help people with behavioral, emotional and physical issues. It’s a very rewarding job and usually it involves having the person change! (soon to be revised with a new blog).

  • Jean says:

    I communicate intuitively with animals all the time. It’s an important part of the way I work with animals and helps to ensure that they get the best possible support from me. There’s so much more I could say about the subject than there’s room for here.

    I had two very strange experiences which led me to take a workshop in intuitive animal communication, which helped me to further develop my skills. But I’d found I could already do this anyway. Neither situation was helped along by body language, and none of the animals concerned I knew particularly well at the time – and one not at all. In one situation I picked up on some very strong, and surprising, emotions that had me in tears, and in the other I received a message from the cat for its carer. You usually find that the answers you get are not what you’d have expected. Also, a lot of the time I communicate through an energetic connection I make through a photo – not much body language going on there!!

    Having said that, we communicate on all sorts of levels, and picking up and interpreting body language signals is one of these. It’s all in the mix. Incidentally, my own cat is very vocal, and has an amazing range of verbal vocabulary – she clearly expects I should know what every word means!

    In the last year I’ve found that I’ve been called upon many times to help animals that are close to passing over. Mostly what they need is to be able to pass messages on to their families so that they can go in peace. And of course, to help the families to do the same. Things I tell people are things I would never have known about otherwise. I can’t explain it, I just know it happens. However, it helps if you can understand that before we as humans had language we would communicate through feelings (and of course other signals such as body language) that would be picked up intuitively, and that animals still do this.

    I do appreciate that many people would find this hard to believe, and to be honest, I’m not out to try to convince anyone who’s not in the right place to take this on board. But I thought I’d answer the question from my perspective, as it was asked.

    If anyone is interested in learning more, then I’d recommend having a look at (I learnt with James French and his partner Shelley, and they are such special people). Also, have a look at Amelia Kincaid’s website and books. There’s so much to learn about ourselves and the others we share this amazing planet with if we can keep our minds open.

  • Eileen says:

    People can talk to animals as long as they don’t expect the animals to understand a string of words (like a sentence). Animals respond to sounds, tones and patterns of sounds. For example, several high or medium pitched barks mean something different than a single solitary bark of any tone. Low grumbles mean something that high squeaks do not.

    It is true that dogs understand words like “sit” or “stay”. It is also true that dogs learn these words faster if accompanied by a visual cue like a finger pointing at the dog’s behind or an open hand in front of the dog’s snout (for stay). I really doubt if a dog understands, “move your behind to the ground and look up at me” when you really want the dog to “sit”.

    Animals also respond to body language. I think that is the reason why someone like Cesar Mllan is so successful at communicating with troubled animals.

  • Lilliam says:

    I really like what Karen just posted. I agree.
    I concede that it is easier to “talk” with some than with others. My experiences center mostly around communication with dogs. My first dog, General, was a hyper intelligent dog. I maintain that he knew what I was communicating with him by his responses/reactions. He had an extensive english vocabulary. He learned the meanings of words very very quickly. He could tell nuances in my voice as in: stop that now silly boy vs if you don’t stop that now there will be trouble! But mostly all dogs are good at picking up tone cues from voices.

    I swear he could either read my mind or was extremely adept at reading my body posture. Sometimes I would think to myself that I was ready to take him for a walk. I would look over at him and he would immediately perk up and start dancing towards his leash. Without my having moved or said anything. This would happen all the time, not just once. It was quite remarkable.

  • Gina says:

    Talking is a form of communication that is learned. We as humans start out with a blank slate and our parents educate us with sounds relating to images, smells or actions. This is how we communicate. It is the same with animals. They may not be able to articulate in a verbal language like ours but they really do understand and one can see this by how they respond. I have used such terms as “upstairs” or “downstairs” for example and don’t have to point or guide my pets but they understand enough so as to follow my request. It is not something done on a time schedule or done with a treat for bribery; it is done randomly and yet they always understand. They understand feelings and they know when I am upset or hurt and yet will try to come to comfort me to the best of their ability. They are very sensitive creatures and they have so much to offer beyond being mans intertainment. One can even get to the point of reading their expressions and actions to know what they are trying to say. I have a dog that doesn’t scratch at the door or bark when she wants out but comes to me with a “look” that I understand is her need to go out.

    Now if your question refers to the claims of those who can read the minds of animals to communicate like Dr. Dolittle, I seriously doubt it. I think they have educated themselves very well in understanding a pets body lanquage well enough to comes to conclusions like psychics do.

    • Rita Palmer says:

      That is so great. My cat has me hooked. She pitty pats me when she wants food. She pitty pats me when she wants love. She knows to come when I tell her to come. She is like a child. She will resist a suggestion to see how far she can go. I fully believe they are superior to us and know I would rather be with an animal than a human. My grandchildren excluded and daughter, of course. When you love animals, they love is easy to share their life with them. I I don’t give my daughters lab enough attention, she slinks away and ignores me. But eventually she will come back and try again. lol

  • Karen says:

    Since I am a professional energy facilitator for animals the answer to your question is yes. The meaning of the word communication narrowed when man came to believe the vibration of the vocal chord was the only means of communication. Animals communicate vibrationally through their entire being. They have learned to interpret speech from humans. Humans in turn interpret vibrations coming from animals through our intellect. Simply put I translate from one language to another. Everything comes through our human filter. Because something doesn’t have an answer that fits into ways we were taught to think and process does not mean it doesn’t hold validity.
    On the question of Nicole Simpson and her dog if someone could interpret from the dog would anyone give the information any validity? Good question though.

  • Jeri says:

    Absolutely! I have consulted more than one animal communicator and had great results each time. As with any consultant, some are better than others, some have had more experience than others.

    My communicator of choice is Carol Schultz ( ). She has spoken with all of my animals on different occasions. I have taken her class in animal communications and actually surprised myself with the positive results. My dog was with me for a time in the class. Carol had the class try to communicate with my dog and I was there to verify the results. I was able to confirm that many people in the class talked to my dog.

    As far as why no one talked to Nicole Simpson’s dog, my question would be did anyone ask a communicator to speak to the dog? Carol has related (with permission) stories of dogs that did not want to speak to her about certain subjects if a certain person or animal was in the room. I understood it to mean something similar to siblings that do not want to snitch on each other. 🙂 Animal communicators do have a code of ethics they follow regarding conversations they have had with animals and their caregivers.

    Animals do not think in the same way as humans, but they do think and communicate if you will learn how to listen and understand them

  • Julie says:

    I also communicate with animals, took a weekend workshop with a very talented animal communicator several years ago, and try to talk with someone every night.

  • Hilarie says:

    Yes, I absolutely believe that we can communicate with our animals. It has been proven that dogs can understand up to 500 human words. As a matter of fact, that study was published within the last year or so. Its very interesting.

  • Jeff says:

    I’ve been hearing about people saying they can communicate with animals forever now but my basic question is where were all these people after Nicole Simpson was killed and it was witnessed by her dog.

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