I have been considering calling the animal communicator for a long time, but Melinda's blog finally pushed me over the edge. I made the appointment for 7PM and Jazz tore his knee about 7AM of the same day. I almost called and canceled, but I was hoping she could help him get ready for surgery. I'm so glad I called her. She's so much fun to talk with and I learned a lot about my dogs. I will warn all of you now - I believe this is all true. I WANT to believe it, there is no harm in believing it, and it just feels right. I get tired of pretending it's goofy or that I'm too smart to believe it. It isn't goofy and I am a believer. So here's what the dogs had to say.
Linda (the communicator) didn't want any information about the dogs except name and breed. She had no clues at all. She said she would talk with Jazz first and was quiet for a while. He was asleep on the couch and I saw his ears prick up for a minute. She asked if he was the one with the goobery eyes and headache. He has had some eye irritation for a few days - the headache was news to me. She said he had a headache and his left ear really hurt. Coach had been screeching in his left ear just minutes before. I know I had a headache so I'm assuming that was the cause of Jazz's headache as well!
He didn't complain about anything else except his right lower back was sore. That would be from months of overusing his right leg while the left one healed. I finally told her about his knee issues and she tried to find out how his legs felt. He told her that he was fine and it was the steps that were to blame. He said he did just fine if it was flat and a straight line. He told her he would get there. She said he is a very determined dog! I had to laugh about the stairs thing because he had just been to the vet and since his knee was hurt I had to carry him up the stairs. He really hates to be carried. I think it's funny that he blames the steps for his problems. This whole conversation made me realize that he honestly hadn't figured out that his right leg was that badly hurt. It was too recent.
Next she asked him about Coach. He told her that Coach is a smart aleck. She asked if Coach was clever and he said yeah, but he was definitely not very happy about it. Jazz said that Coach is "good boy". He is definitely jealous. He also said that he doesn't like the way Coach plays - he said Coach cheats. Linda said that Jazz is very mature and wonders why I brought Coach home. This is not a huge surprise. He also said that Coach body slammed him in the right side. Again - no surprise there - Coach body slams everyone!
I asked her to find out how Jazz feels about obedience. His behavior in the ring suggests he hates it! He told her that he has a real cool, quick sit. She was laughing - she said he is very proud of his sit. This cracks me up. Part of rehab for the knee has been sit/stands. He is so excited to get to do them because he hasn't been able to do anything for weeks. I have been praising the heck out of his efforts and had just been telling him how quickly he was sitting after weeks of slow creaky sits. He said obedience is OK but agility is more fun because he likes the talking. I knew he had more fun in agility, but I never thought the talking part was that big a deal to him. I think I can use that information to help him with obedience. We'll see.
I had been trying my own communicating lately to help him stop being so afraid of thunderstorms. I put him in his kennel, laid down beside, put the kennel cover on and told him over and over that it was safe. It seemed to work and I asked Linda to see if he really heard me. She said he kept saying something about fabric making it safe. By Jove I think he got it!
She tried to tell him that he needed surgery again but he would be able to do agility after the surgery healed. He said he really liked agility because he can fly. I don't know - run fast? top of the A frame? I'll watch and see if I can figure out what he meant by that. He told Linda that we are a team. I can't think of a nicer compliment.
Then it was Coach's turn. Oh my. He was laying in his kennel chewing a bone. He stopped chewing for a second, cocked his head and went back to chewing. The first thing he told her was that he didn't do anything different. He did the same thing he always does and it wasn't his fault. I was really floored. She said he was feeling guilty. I don't know if this was because I hollered at him to make him leave Jazz alone (he was pulling Jazz's tail to try to get him to play) or if the earlier mentioned body slam is when Jazz hurt his knee. Either way, the poor little guy is only being a pup. No blame from me or Jazz as far as I can tell.
He thinks Jazz is a goody two shoes. He said Jazz is always perfect. At least they are equally jealous of each other!
Linda said he is at that "know it all" teenager stage - no surprise to anyone who knows him. She described him as tough, but not a bully. Pushy (oh yes), determined, independent thinking like a cat. She said he thinks of me as a playmate. He likes agility because it's a game we play together, but he likes to play with me in general. I have to graduate from playmate to team mate, but I'm sure we'll get there.
So that was my communicator experience. It was great! I will certainly call her again one of these days. I learned so much about both dogs. I think these were mostly things I knew, but the difference in perspective was very interesting and the whole experience was just plain fun. I sure needed the distraction the night before Jazz had to have surgery! Thanks Linda - from me and the boys.