Talk 2 The Animals: Pet Grief and the Holidays – 2017

When any of my animal family members are ready to transition, I am with them on the final leg of the physical journey we share together. I simply can’t conceive not being with them at that pivotal time in our relationship. It’s never easy, but the most difficult time I had was when my horse Shiloh passed. In hindsight, I realize there were two paramount factors that contributed to my struggle: 1) I was in Montana and he was in Minnesota and, 2) he transitioned during the holiday season.

Throughout the years I have worked with people and their animals, I have discovered that the area where folks most often need support and are most reticent to ask is when they are grieving the loss of a beloved pet. In the hustle, bustle, traditional joy and excitement of the holidays, the topic of pet grief is considered depressing and therefore avoided.  After all, who wants to be talking about a downer subject amidst all the festivities? The person who is experiencing pet grief, that’s who. If you’ve ever grieved for one of your animal pals during the holidays, regardless of how recent or how far in the past, you know what I mean.

Join Me In The Online Workshop

On December 6 at 10:00 AM MOUNTAIN I encourage you to join me in an online workshop “Grieving Your Pet Over the Holidays”. Check your time zone here.

In the workshop you’ll learn:

  • Ways to help you authentically cope with your grief while reconciling the holiday spirit
  • How to cope with holiday traditions
  • Ways you can memorialize your pet

You will have a chance at the end of the workshop to ask questions and share your stories.

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Here’s a short video that tells more about the workshop:

The eBook and MP3 Package

pet-grief-ebook-coverIf you are unable to attend the workshop, or the one time workshop is not enough to help assuage your grief, 
you may be interested in the Grieving Your Pet Over the Holidays eBook and MP3 Package. It was created to support and help ease the burden of those trying to reconcile those two seemingly irreconcilable feelings: pet grief and the joy of the holidays.  Both the ebook and MP3 have suggestions and resources to help you cope with your pet grief this holiday season. The eBook also contains reflection questions assisting you in realizing where you are in your grief process.

My hope is the workshop and/or the eBook and MP3 Package will bring you some relief from grief and added peace this holiday season.

Here’s To New Beginnings,


from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator


Talk 2 The Animals: Is Animal Communication A Conversation Starter?

I must confess, this has been on my mind for over a week. I went back and forth about sharing, but the topic persisted in my mind. So I finally decided this is either something I needed to say or someone needed to hear. So here you go.

Is animal communication a conversation started at the Thanksgiving table?

There’s not a definitive answer of course, but this short video gives you some aspects to take into consideration, especially if you are new on your animal communication journey. Bottom line, follow your gut, make sure you’re sharing with like-minded, supportive people.



from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator

Talk 2 The Animals: Pet Psychic or Animal Communicator?

Pet Psychic or Animal Communicator? Is there a difference?

Yes, while the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. It’s important to recognize that difference, especially if you are looking to hire a professional to help with your animal pal.

This 3:38 minute video explains how I experience the difference in the two, with a brief foray into my life-long volubility and how that has helped to form who I am when communicating.



from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator

Talk 2 The Animals: A Taped Communication: Conversations With Cats

If you’ve not experienced animal communication, you might find this video of interest. This is an actual, unscripted animal communication with a client Cindy, and her three cats Chica, Shiloh and Sammy. You will see the initial conversation and then the followup/feedback that took place three weeks later. Below the video are time markers which will give you an idea of what was covered. If this brings up any questions for you, let’s talk! You can set up a complimentary introductory call here.  ENJOY!


0:00 Introductions, Meet the cats, what’s going on,

1:35 How I handle animal communicaiton

2:30 Questions for Chica the cat, the conversation begins

5:00 Would Chica like to go to the cattery?

6:15 Chica says she has a hitch in her giddy up, coming from her paw

7:09 If she wants to go outside, why doesn’t she?

8:40 How Chica feels about herself

9:10 How to help the other cats

9:44 Keeping eyes open when live in family unit

10:30 Ask Chica if she needs help, conversation about what she needs, wants

12:05 Ask open ended questions when conversing with animals

13:00 How I receive information in animal communication

14:50 Bringing cats Shiloh and Sammy into the conversation

18:00 Key to working with animals

18:50 Cat meows are for people, not other cats

20:15 Supporting Chica in her role of keeping peace in the family

21:00 The homework for the humans after this conversation

22:56 Wrap up of the conversation

25:20 Part II – Followup from the initial conversation

25:51 Cindy reviews the initial conversation and tells what happened

30:00 Building on Chica’s natural inclinations

30:19 Animal Communication is not magic

31:19 How habits have changed in the intervening weeks

32:00 The value of ‘family meetings’

33:10 The next steps in creating relationship

33:40 Using animal communication COMBINED with what we observe IRL

34:50 How Cindy connects differently with the different cats; suggestions for improvement

37:00 The importance of Cindy being centered when connecting with the cats

38:36 Janet connects with cat Shiloh

39:12 How Shiloh is sending information to Janet

39:30 What Shiloh has to say

42:15 Cindy connects to more cats

43:05 Telling Cindy to trust what she initially gets from the cats, then discern

46:15 The marriage of observing what’s going on IRL with animal communicaiton

48:00 Animal communication is not always warm fuzzies, sometimes there’s swearing coming from the animals

48:48 My dog Max joins the conversation

49:15 Animal communication starts with the humans being centered

49:40 Shiloh helps Cindy recognize when she’s not balanced

50:57 Human bond with each cat will be different, but each one is still in right relationship, not power over

51:40 Wrap up

from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator

Talk 2 The Animals: Door Etiquette For Pets At Halloween

A big safety hazard for your animal pals at Halloween is the frequent opening and closing of the door. So let’s talk door etiquette this Halloween – no, I don’t mean for you, but for your animal pals. The doorbell ringing, kids knocking on the door, the peculiar and strange costumes and the unusual sounds and smells can throw your animal pal in a tizzy. And for sure, you don’t want them to look at that open door as an invitation to run and explore all of that unusual stuff, or to have them dart out in fear and perhaps get lost.

How about giving them their own retreat center this year during prime trick or treating hours this Halloween? The retreat center has food and water for them, favorite toys, their blanket or pillow and a kitty litter box. How lush does that sound? You can also close the curtains or shades in the room and if your buddy is used to listening to music, turn on their favorite music.  And of course, the door to this retreat center is closed, keeping them safe and sound.

Check out this video for more successful ways to manage door etiquette on Halloween.

You may also find these posts helpful this Halloween Season:

Here’s To New Beginnings,


from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator

Talk 2 The Animals: Pets and Halloween Decorations

Do you have your house decorated for Halloween yet? If so, I bet your animal pal is having a delicious time exploring the new ‘toys’ you have put out just for her/him – which of course, you didn’t! Here are some things to keep in mind to keep your animal pal AND the decorations safe this Halloween.

Streamers, fake spider webs, wires and cords for electrical decorations can look like marvelous things to chew. Be sure these are out of reach to your animal pal. And be sure to think about what ‘out of reach’ means to your animal pal. I know I live with 2 cats who are very creative about getting to those items I have so thoughtfully and carefully placed ‘out of reach’. And of course, keep in mind wagging tails, curious cats and burning candles don’t mix.

Keep all candy and treats away from your animal pal. Should a foil wrapper fall on the floor, be sure to discard it immediately so Fluffy/Rover doesn’t chew it and it becomes stuck in their digestive track.

Take a look at this short video that has some more ideas about keeping both your animal family and the decorations safe!

You may also find these posts helpful this Halloween Season:

Here’s To New Beginnings,


from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator

Talk 2 The Animals: What Do Pets Think of Dressing Up For Halloween?

Just like the Great Pumpkin, this Great Debate occurs yearly – should I, or should I not, dress up my animal pal for Halloween?

Actually, the question is not ‘should I dress my animal pal for Halloween?’, but ‘does my animal pal want to dress up for Halloween?’.

Generally speaking, humans like to dress in costume. In communicating with the animals the greatest majority (as high as 98%) tell me they dislike it and often only endure it to please their human.

How Can I Tell If Fido/Fluffy Doesn’t Want To Wear A Costume?

Yes, I know, there are animals who love, love, LOVE to dress up and be in costume on a regular, if not daily basis. You might even have some in your family. However, If Rover is giving you that ‘hang-dog’ look, if Fluffy is giving you that feline stink eye that would terrify a vampire, if your animal pal is running away from you or fighting you when you’re trying to dress her/him up for Halloween, they don’t want to be in costume. With these behaviors they are expressing their wants in the best way they know.

Now, if your diva pal does enjoy wearing costumes, be sure the costume is not confining, it allows them to breathe, move, see, hear, bark and go potty. Be sure there’s no tempting attachments that can be easily chewed or swallowed – like buttons.

And here’s a thought – have a practice run with the costume before Halloween. This gives your animal pal a chance to experience it and get used to it, and it gives you a chance to check everything out, making sure it’s a safe costume for your animal pal.

Here’s a 5 minute video that addresses this topic a little more deeply.

Here’s To New Beginnings,


from Janet Roper, Animal Communicator & Educator