January 29, 2012

Reisa Stone: Animal Communication & The Bible

Eden by Jacob Bouttats
I've had strong reactions to my Animal Communication practice. Most are positive, some cautiously curious. Then there are the people who back off nervously, or even start quoting the Old Testament prohibition against fortune telling at me. 

I'm not a fortune teller. I listen to animals.

Job 12:7-10

New International Version (NIV)

 7 But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
   or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
   or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9 Which of all these does not know
   that the hand of the LORD has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
   and the breath of all mankind.

The old English:

King James Version (KJV)

 7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
 8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
 9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Huh. What do you know, it turns out I only think I'm broadminded and philosophical. I'm actually a fundamentalist---I take the scriptures literally. I listen to animals.

And here's a cross reference, instructing humans to find God in Nature in Romans 1:20

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."  

Notice it says "God's invisible qualities" are found in his creations. They were right there in Eden (or whichever creation story you subscribe to). It was humans who were expelled.

Just kidding about being a fundamentalist. I've spent a lifetime studying world religions. I've discovered some fascinating things. And hypocrisy in every religious institution. Why? Because they're man made.

Interestingly, the nastiest, most harassing responses have been from atheists. I can't imagine what it's like to live your life around rebelling against your childhood religion, and having no spirituality to substitute.

Mostly, I let Nature teach me. I've yet to find hypocrisy in Her, or anything less than the truth in any single animal.

I can't imagine that any concept of God, Goddess, Creator or a benevolent Universal Force, could take issue with me helping create harmony among people and animals. Every day I pray, "Dear God, Divine Mother, St. Francis, Creator of all, please help me hear and understand your creatures."

Every day, my prayer is answered.

Kind regards,
Reisa Stone
Animal Communicator 

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January 27, 2012

Reisa Stone: Are You Housebroken?

Chant at Sundown & Karma Harmonica

A common problem I hear about during Animal Communication sessions is around house breaking. 

AC sessions are from your pet's point of view. I'd like to tell you a story that may change your own point of view about your pets' "problem" behavior.

My two Dobermans, Chant and Karma, were perfectly house trained. True to Dobe nature, to a degree that was even harmful. I was once trapped away from home in a blizzard, and Chant "held it" for over 16 hours, until my fearless neighbour managed to kick in my door. Also true to Dobe nature, his caring deed earned him kisses.

If you have a German personal protection dog, you'll know what I mean when I say they're like an extra set of limbs, or a Siamese twin. They go everywhere with you. You cannot use the bathroom without being subjected to a piercing, protective glare. You either enjoy this, or you do not. 

On forest runs, the girls crashed through the underbrush, within ear shot but only intermittently in sight. One day, Nature called. I found some bushes and...you get the picture.

The Dobes appeared, side by side. They were three or four years old at this point. The stared intently at me. Their stubby tails began to wag. Then their whole bodies vibrated with joy. One turned to the other and said, "She's gotten it! She's finally gotten it! Maybe she'll stop doing it in the house!"

They nodded solicitously. All this time, they'd been dutifully washrooming outside in even the worst Manitoba weather, and keeping their thoughts to themselves. While their backward Mom plowed on with her filthy indoor habits. I certainly did not show this kind of patience in training them.

My same day relapse was met with head shakes and tolerant, amused remarks in their dry German style. At least I cleaned up after myself. They conceded this was fair exchange for poop scooping and a clean, spacious yard.

We're role models by our physical actions, not our words. The next time your puppy/bunny/kitty has an accident, please consider what you model to them daily. It's a big leap to watch the big hairless animal upon whom you rely, practice contradictory behaviors. 

Our pets are extremely patient with us.

Explaining can help. Though my pets never have understood why I have an issue with the neighbours seeing me use the yard. From an animal's point of view, washrooming outdoors is a point of pride. 

Animal Communication can help your understand why your pet persists in a behavior. Acknowledging their patience and our own awkwardness, assists the change process. The rest is up to you. 

In a future blog post, I'll discuss tips that can make house breaking easier. Also, toilet training cats.

Raisa Stone
Expert Animal Communicator

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January 26, 2012

What About Cesar?

Almost every time I speak to someone who's concerned about their dog's behavior, they ask me, "What do you think of The Dog Whisperer?"

My answer: "I'd love to see Animal Communication added to the format."  

As for Mr. Millan's training methods: I'd have to spend weeks or months with him on a regular basis, and see his work without the media editing. Hang out, watch, ask questions.

The format of The Dog Whisperer has many believing they can undo years of poor or no training, with two tugs on a slip knot and a "psssssst!" More troubling still, that a rescue animal can be liberated from post-traumatic stress disorder overnight. And that establishing your dominance is the key to solving every behavioral problem. It doesn't work that way. But TV makes it seem so.

Having now had approximately 300 media appearances myself, I can tell you it's a double edged sword. You answer a question with a complete paragraph, to discover only two words were published---out of context. Sometimes, not even two words you actually uttered. 

As a stunning 20 year old singer, I spent hours doing my hair and makeup and smiled brilliantly, only to find myself retouched in a full page article to look like a bad tempered old drag queen. The whole city laughed.

I'd love to see TV trainers filmed as they work with only one or two dogs over 6-8 months. Then a follow up the next year. That would make a fair comparison to trainers who work privately.

Unfortunately, TV is about excitement. It's about quick fixes. The long, slow process of animal training would not bring in millions of dollars of ad revenue. You can't train a dog in half an hour, but far fewer people would watch if you didn't.

How do I know?

Millions of people watch the show, yet sometimes the only audience at even major horse, dog obedience and agility shows are family members. I live around the corner from a venue that hosts several national animal shows. I can arrive at the last minute and get a front row seat, every time.

I'm quite certain Mr. Millan spends at least 30 minutes just showing each family member how to put on a collar and hold a leash. It takes time and patience. Lots of both. How many people would continue watching the show, at that pace? 

Not many. I've met several people who claim to be training their dogs "from The Dog Whisperer's show." They seem puzzled at their lack of positive results. I'm not puzzled in the least. 

The horse world has a similar dilemma. Horse trainers who normally spend many hours gentling young or wild horses, compete in "Trainer Challenges." A ranch pulls virtually unhandled colts off the range and shoves them in a trailer. They're offloaded into a strange arena with thousands of spectators. In one hour, they're pushed to show what normally takes three months.The stress on their minds and bodies is considerable. 

Many of the trainers don't like it much, either. They do it because the competition will attract multiple clients whose colts will be started gently. Is it worth putting the demo horses through the stress?

It's hard to watch. I send comforting vibes when I see the eye rolling and sweating. I tell myself that at least people will learn there's a better way than snubbing to a post, slapping on a saddle and let the horse buck itself into broken spirited exhaustion, the old school way. 

Just as many will go home and try to break their horses in an hour. They'll fail to study the precise art and science of body language, and chase frightened, confused horses around, demanding a Join Up that never comes. 

In the end, it's up to us, how much effort we make, what we will and won't buy.  

I was stunned that the final day of K9 competition of the 2009 World Police & Fire Games attracted only 200 spectators. They didn't even charge admission to some of the finest tracking, obedience and protection work in the world. 

I was allowed to walk onto the infield and touch the magnificent Czech Shepherd with 4 gold medals around his neck, and chat with his trainer.  

What can you do to take responsibility for how you train your pet?

-Engage local trainers whose sessions you can first observe. There are competent animal trainers everywhere. 

-Attend dog and other animal shows, and see them compete in obedience or agility classes. There are Pet Expos in many cities, too.

-Join animal networks. Certain trainers' names will come up repeatedly. If you don't yet have a pet, I'd advise starting this process well before you get one. Breed clubs are all on the Internet in your state or province. These folks get together. www.Meetup.com, for example, has dog lovers' gatherings in most cities, big and small. There are many pet lovers' online forums.

-Volunteer in rescue or at shelters. Again, trainers' names will come up.

-Watch trainers' full length DVDs and read their books. Again, these are tools for helping you choose a trainer. You can't learn from generic instructions if you're a beginner. Animals are unique individuals. Just determining the best training motivator for your pet, is a challenging task in itself. 

-Audit weekend horse clinics. Most are only $25 for a full day of learning. This is a great way to check out trainers before committing to one.

-Ask horse expos to focus on trainers who demo their own horses. This works very well for greats like Jonathan Field. I don't think it's coincidence that spectator numbers seem to be greater for these gentle demos with happy horses who even play to the audience. In most peoples' hearts, we prefer to witness harmony.

Before you ask me to discuss a particular Dog Whisperer episode, I should let you know I've only seen a hand full of episodes. The unreality and "formula" is too troublesome for me. I'm one of those boring people who gets excited when a dog sits .5 seconds faster than the week before.

Reality TV and breaking a horse in one hour---is not reality.

Kind regards,
Raisa Stone
Animal Communicator

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January 24, 2012

Because of Love

   Dedicated to old Topsy, my bay "mare Mom"

This story may or may not be true. As someone who was literally babysat by a wise old mare, I believe it certainly could be. If you understand that War Horse is based upon true stories, you'll believe, too. 

If you know the source of Because of Love, please let me know. I've seen it with various attributions.


Because of Love

This is a true story, shared by Willy Eagle
A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the farm.. Through the years the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. 

The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called them away to a different life.

The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was getting harder, but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day’s end.

Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks “Why do you not at least dispose of  The Old One? She is no longer of use to you. It’s been years since you’ve had foals from her. You should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do you keep her anyway?”

The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed at the barn floor and replied, ” Yes, I could use a pair of new boots. His arm slid defensively about the Old One’s neck as he drew her near with gentle caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied softly, “We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love.”

Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley. The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that filled their hearts?

So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn.
None saw the first spark fall. None but the “Old One”.

In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire’s fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss.

By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled together before the barn. 

They were speechless as they rose from the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firemen as there was nothing anyone could do now. The old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders as
his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandana. 

Brokenly he whispered, “We have lost much, but God has
spared our home on Christmas Eve. Let us gather strength
and climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home and give thanks to God that it has been spared and pray for our beloved most precious gifts that have been taken from us.

And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old and withered hand.

The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they paused to rest, looking up to the top of the hill the old couple gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty before them.

Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles. And poised on its top most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass. Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms.

Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward. There, beneath the tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in the night light.

Bedded down about the “Old One” close to the trunk of the tree, was the entire herd, safe. At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping cautiously through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new year's crop of babies, pressed uneasily against the “Old One” as she moved calmly up the hill and to safety beneath the pine. 

And now, she lay among them and gazed at the faces of the old man and his wife. Those she loved she had not disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift—Because of love. Only because of love.

Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy… And again the peace of love filled their hearts.

This is a true story.

~Willy Eagle

Kind regards,
Reisa Mary Stone
Animal Communicator

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January 23, 2012

Reisa Stone: Pardon Me, Do You Have A Question?


Questions, questions, oh my, do you have questions! As an Animal Communicator, my job largely consists of answering your questions. Or rather, asking your pet to answer your questions, then relaying the answers to you.

Below is a list of questions my amazing clients, friends and Facebook fans (some of you are all three), have asked me. Some have given permission to post their names. They're all hoping their questions will give others courage to ask their own.

The Rule: There are no stupid questions. Well, there was one, a long time ago. But I forgot it  ;-D

Some of these come up repeatedly, some are unique: 

-Are my dog and my horses truly happy having me for their guardian? Is there anything else I can do to make their lives complete?~Myra Morton
-How does my bunny feel?~Tracy Wallace
-Why do my guinea pigs get so scared sometimes? 
  ~Charli Day
-If we are a pack/family, why do they fight? 
 ~Brenda Parchert
-How did she avoid adoption until I got there? 
 ~Patricia Kelley
-Why does my foster dog try to bite new people who  
  come in the house?~Laura Dorr
-What is my pet here to teach me about myself?
 ~Katie Vereschaka
-Do pets reincarnate? Could my present pet be my    
 childhood dog/cat/horse/bunny?
 -How does my horse feel about being ridden?
-How can I make my pet more responsive to training?

-Does my pet have any pain or illness of which I'm not


-Why does my pet soil in the house?

-Does my pet miss her old home, or people and animals she 

 left behind? 

-Can you help my aggressive dog?

-Does she like her trainer/pet sitter/vet/daycare?

-Are pets angry with us when we euthanize them?

-How will I know when it's time to let my pet go? I'm 

 dreading her death.

-Will my cat tell you my personal business?

-Doesn't my pet know her destructiveness upsets me?

-How do I break through my rescue animal's anger and  


-I'm looking for a pet. How do I choose the right one?

-What would make them happy today?

The most common question pet guardians ask:

Does my pet know how much I love them?

Animals rarely ask questions during a session. They pretty 

much know what's going on, and make observations.

When pets do ask a question? I've rarely met an animal 

who's changed hands (whether through rescue or 

sale), who hasn't asked: Are they keeping me?  

No matter how confident the pet acts otherwise, they usually 

ask this in a small, plaintive voice. I get teary, every time.

Kind regards, 

Reisa Stone

Animal Communicator

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January 22, 2012

Reisa Stone: Do You Have Suggestions?

Your suggestions for Animal Nation topics are welcome! You can post them in comments, or contact me through my website. 

Please note: for pet communications, contact me through my website. General questions on this blog, please.

Kind regards,
Raisa Stone
Animal Communicator

January 19, 2012

Animals Are Other Nations

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. 

The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the Earth."

~Henry Beston, The Outermost House

Photo copyright Susan Gordon.

January 18, 2012

Reisa Stone: How Accurate is Animal Communication?

How accurate is Animal Communication? 

In baseball, a batting average of 30% is considered excellent, and 40% achieved by only a hand full. 

In telepathic and psychic readings,  70% acccuracy rate is professional level. 85% is a superstar.

January 12, 2012

Reisa Stone: Baba's Kitchen

My book was just published to Kindle, and is available on Amazon!

Baba's Kitchen is 320 pages of wild stories & recipes I've spent a lifetime collecting from refugees and immigrants. No Ukrainian's life is complete without animals. Enjoy stories about Sonia the fashion model goat and Bingo the German Shepherd/Dachshund cross who pulled a little red wagon and bit the meter man! 

Also available as a .pdf download, readable on Adobe's free Acrobat reader. It's at my Baba's Kitchen website: www.ukrainiansoulfood.ca

Raisa Stone, Animal Communicator

January 11, 2012

Reisa Stone: Is A House Call Necessary?

People have regretfully said to me, "Gee, I wish you lived closer. I'd love to have an Animal Communication!"
You can have your session anywhere in the world.I work from your photographs, with minimal information. I ask for photos with no toys, dishes, blankets, tack, food. That way, you'll know your pet is actually speaking to me. I want you to have confidence that the information is accurate.
Phone calls offer few distractions. My home is quiet and meditative. It's all about Universal energy flowing in certain directions. I find that animal messages are very clear over phone wires, particularly a landline. Cell phones are a little less clear.
Most people lead busy lives. Focus and complete attention on the pet is vital to an Animal Communication session. A ringing phone or doorbell, guests walking in, other pets or children wanting attention---can all take away from this focus.
If it's possible to have your pet near you during the phone reading, his or her response can be a source of feedback. When a client asks me a question on the phone, I ask them for a moment of silence while I speak to the pet. Sometimes, a dozing cat will open an eye, or a dog will move over to his or her guardian and look at the phone. Sometimes the animal will pick up the toy we're discussing!
If I eventually visit you for a follow up, you'll already be convinced your pet has conveyed information to me. The more trusting you feel, the more easily information flows. Your animal needs to know they have your permission to speak to me, so trust is important in many ways.

A follow up may also entail hands on energy healing, or evaluating your horse's movement, tack, etc. 
A house or barn call is unnecessary. A phone session can be even more productive!
Kind regards,
Reisa Stone, Animal Communicator
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January 10, 2012

Reisa Stone: War Horse Prayer

An urgent heart message: I just saw War Horse, and wrote this prayer. Please Share.

Dear God, St. Francis and Our Lady of the Beasts, please let War Horse be a blessing to the horses. Open peoples' hearts and minds to their nobility, loyalty and helplessness. Inspire more people to be kind to them, and speak up on their behalf. Amen. ~Raisa Stone

Raisa is a professional Animal Communicator. She helps people create harmonious relationships with their pets, worldwide. www.reisastone.com

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