Animal Intuition: Do Pets Know What We're Feeling?
Aug 01, 2011 11:05AM
By Mary Marshall
The ability of humans to know the thoughts and feelings of animals is a controversial phenomenon, one that is debated both in scientific circles and casually among friends. But might animals also be able to know what humans are really thinking and feeling?
Many researchers, animal communicators and pet lovers answer this question with a resounding yes. In fact, they say that pets can sometimes be the first to notice when something’s wrong with the health of their owners.
“Animals will frequently tell me about their health issues but owners are often surprised when a dog or cat relates details of its owner’s medical conditions,” says Mary Marshall, a Central Indiana animal communicator and intuitive healer. “This isn’t so surprising when you think about how much more sensitive a dog or cat’s senses are. Animals detect subtle changes in our body chemistry and energy levels.”
Marshall, who has communicated with animals professionally for the last decade, recalls teaching a recent beginner-level workshop. In the class, she coached the students through a “discussion” with one of the participant’s dogs. Class members were instructed to question the pet about all sorts of details regarding her health. Potential visual impairments and digestive issues were explored, along with possible aches and pains.
“The class had done a good job of picking up the routine issues the dog wanted to discuss but the hound was persistently showing me pictures of a dark mass lodged near the back left side of her skull,” Marshall says. “I had a sinking feeling about the growth and did not want to bring such an alarming and personal issue up in front of a group. So I asked the owner to see me at the next break.”
After Marshall told the owner what she was picking up from her dog, Marshall inquired about whether the dog might be communicating something about the owner’s condition. The owner revealed that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Marshall then explained that such communication is a common phenomenon between bonded pets and their owners.
Marshall has also found that some pets will go beyond merely expressing owners’ health problems as if they were their own. She’s seen that some pets will develop the exact same medical issues as their owners.
For instance, one of Marshall’s clients is a Thoroughbred breeder. The breeder’s life had been saved by one of her favorite horses after she had been brutally attacked by a rogue horse. The owner and the horse were completely bonded after the horse rescued her by keeping the rogue horse away until help arrived. Later, the owner’s horse eventually developed the same rare cancer that she had battled.
But examples of animals developing the same medical conditions as their owners are hardly limited to the rarefied world of Thoroughbred horses. Far more commonly, Marshall has seen house cats who develop urinary tract infections because their female owner is upset at a husband or boyfriend. Marshall observes that such cats typically spend a great deal of time on their female owners’ laps, absorbing the energy of anger into their own bodies. “Eventually the energy of that anger crystallizes—literally—in the form of urinary crystals and voila, a urinary tract infection is born.”
Having witnessed so many cases of pets picking up on their owners’ conditions, Marshall has found that it’s always wise to inquire about the owners’ physical and emotional health when their animals are being check out.
“What happens to an owner oftentimes happens to a pet, and vice versa,” she observes. “Pets don’t just own a piece of our hearts, sometimes they manifest our hearts’ conditions.”