I encourage you to move beyond our cultural beliefs about the intelligence and personalities of the animals in our lives. I am always amazed at the delightful connections my clients and friends make with their animals. Kathleen has a little bunny named Bun-Bun. He is allowed out in their fenced in yard to hang out with the kitty, Violet, and her dog, Sam. Kathleen says that Bun-Bun comes up to the house and knocks on the back door when he’s ready to come inside. Kathryn and Elizabeth have chickens. When they let the chickens out of the coop in the morning, “House Chicken“ heads straight for the back door. She’s invited into the house, strolls past three dogs and two cats to settle in where she feels comfortable. Sometimes she goes upstairs, one step at a time, to be the greeter for massage clients. Other times, Elizabeth reports that “House Chicken” comes into the kitchen to announce loudly,” the girls outside would like a little more corn, please!”.

Fall reminders

The fleas are still out there! September and October seem to be fleas’ last flurry of activity. We often only associate them with summer time but they are still in full force in the fall. If your animal has flea allergies, be especially diligent with your flea deterrents. Of course, in the warmer climates fleas never give up!

Wondering what a flea allergy looks like? Here’s what Buddy looked like when he found me at the gas station. Noticed how bald he is on his back end.

And here he is a year later after flea treatment and a good diet!

Do-It-Yourself Animal Communication

“Talk to Your Animals in a Language They Understand”. This is the most basic and simple part of animal communication, and if practiced, can resolve lots of problems before they even occur. The cost is $12 (price includes shipping and handling) and you can pay by paypal – use the button below and don’t forget to include your address.

Preventing Your Cat from Killing Birds

Some of my clients don’t like to let their cats outside even though the environment is safe because they don’t want their cats to kill birds. Nancy Brennan has developed an ingenious way to give your kitty freedom while keeping the birds safe. It is a brightly colored collar that catches the attention of birds while allowing your kitty to have the enjoyment of the outside world. Check these collars out on her web site www.birdsbesafe.com


There are very few animals who truly enjoy wearing a costume. If you must subject your animal to this, please be sure that the costume is not binding. Often the animals feel ridiculed by the laughter directed at them rather than appreciated. Instead of dressing up your animal, why don’t you put on a costume?

For more perspective on Halloween check out Nancy Kay’s blog.

Be aware of how frightening it can be for a dog or cat to have costumed, unfamiliar, noisy children standing at the door shouting trick-or-treat! Halloween is another one of those holidays that tends to create lost animals, as they flee the scene. It might be a good idea to secure your animals in a room away from the front door during the evening of Halloween. Caution…..Having had several black cats as members of my family, I have become aware of the danger for black cats during the Halloween season. Sadly, there are people who choose to hurt black cats in their dark rituals. If your kitty is an inside /outside cat, it is good to keep them inside for the week before Halloween.

Holiday reminders  If you are going away for the holidays, please remember to give your animals the details of your trip. Where are you going? Where will they be staying? Or, who will be staying with them.

If you’re taking them to the kennel, it’s nice to have something that smells like home in their kennel (their bed, a worn pair of socks from you, a toy). Your parting shot should be, “you stay here, I’ll be back to get you.” Occassionally dogs will escape and go looking for home. If you ask them to stay there and tell them you will be back, it lets them relax.

If they’re staying at home, let them know who will be coming in and staying with them and what the plan is for their care. It’s great to let everyone know how many nights you will be gone.

Expecting company for the holidays? Again, it’s helpful to let your animals know who to expect and how the visitor will impact their daily life. Be aware of the shy kitty who normally naps in the guestroom. If she will be displaced, find another quiet location and set her up there.

Holiday parties can be stressful for family animals. Let them know what to expect and how you want them to behave, before the party starts. An extroverted dog, who can be polite, would probably love to attend the party. A shy dog might prefer being set up in the bedroom and be off-duty as guests arrive. Baby gates offer a great option because your animals can see what’s going on but the gate creates a boundary.

Natural disasters. Just a quick reminder to microchip your animals! Even if they never leave your side or you feel they’re always safe, disasters do strike and microchipping will help you get your animal back to you.

In This Issue: 
Blog Suggestions
Preventing Your Cat from              Killing Birds
Fall and Holiday Reminders

The Chicken Mama

Here is a blog you might like. Joan Hobbs appreciates each one of the members of her barnyard family. All of the chickens have names and she recognizes individual personalities in each one of them. Her goats have a playground and Doink, the pig, has a luxurious life. Her blog often features one of the characters in her barnyard and her insights into each one are wonderful. Her voice would be a big help in animal advocacy. She puts a face on each individual in a way that makes it impossible to imagine subjecting them to commercial farming. Check out her blog. 


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Bun Bun McIntyre