As a child I wanted to be like Dr Doolittle. I wanted to talk with the animals. In my 30's, I grew up and realised I could. In my 40's I did my best to be distracted and not fully accept it. In my 50's I am strong enough to move past worrying others may think I am crazy. I am.

They say animals bring out the best in people. I can certainly attest my pets have helped bring out many things - not easy to admit, is that it has not always been my best.

Since learning to tune in with animals I have learnt many things about them, about me and about the nature of things in general. Animals really do want us to be our best and my animals have put their bodies on the line to show me what I have needed to see. Most importantly my pets have taught me that shame and guilt does not create change - forgiveness and compassion does - so with the help of my pets I have learnt to create change by being better at forgiving and accepting myself.

I wonder who or what I would be today without animals. As a child they were my best friends, my play mates and companions. As an adult they helped me find hidden parts of myself. They gave me something to care for when I did not care for myself. They grounded me (often in actuality - my horse would throw me off), bring me back to the present, provided me with unconditional love and challenge me where nobody else would dare.

I do not find it surprising that many  of my years of suicidal depression, addiction and burnout were the years without constant connection to animals and nature. It felt my horse was going to kill me - but she was the one who coached me back into life.  Although at the time, it was an imbalanced to love my horse more than myself - at least I had I someone to love. It was my love for her and her wellbeing that made me look at my own.

Animals have a way of showing us who we really are - the good, the bad, the ugly - and I am glad to say, the compassionate, loving and beautiful. We express ourselves more fully and honestly with animals, as we do not fear judgment. When you have been hurt by people it can be hard to trust them. It is no wonder we have such a deep connection with our pets, as few people are as unconditional. So few accept us fully for who we are.

Anger was my bad and ugly....but girls should not be angry - so I turned my anger on the world and on myself and when it was too much for me to keep swallowing - I got angry with my horse. She became so aware, she knew I was angry, before I did and keep her distance. She would run circles around me, close enough to almost touch but far enough away to frustrate and anger me. I would lose it and throw a tantrum. Once diffused and I calmed down, often apologising -  she would come over and offer herself.

I have done A LOT of study and self development. The eternal student of Kinesiology, Theta, Reiki, Intuitive Anatomy, Bowen, Systemic Constellations, Human Design ... and countless others practices. I have fused them all to develop my best way to work with animals and people and it is constantly evolving as I find out more.

How 'complexly simple' relationships are with our pets, How they show us where we need to heal, change and be aware.

Pets, like children, quietly ask us to become better versions of ourselves. They ask and show us how we are going by their reactions, behaviours and illnesses. My horse had to put her leg through a barb wire fence before I stepped through my limiting beliefs to follow my Dr Doolittle dream.

With the many animals I have worked and communicated with, it has become very clear that in order to help them, we need to help ourselves first - we need to become the most loving, empowered heart centered versions of ourselves. We need to learn to follow our heart, our intuition, our inner authority to manifest our dream and live our purpose. Without limitation. Without excuses.

...I know - easier said than done - but each time we take a step out of our comfort zone, our comfort zone gets bigger and our limitations fewer.

It may sound corny, I trust you see past it to feel the truth in my words - my purpose is to guide you to live your dreams and purpose - what ever it is - small or big.

My pets have been guiding me and teaching me to listen to them and myself, just like your pets are guiding you. I welcome the opportunity to guide you into being able to hear your pet's AND your own guidance, even if it is just confirmation.

My pets have shown me the way to being healthier and happier - because they have wanted the same for themselves!  They have shown me it is not by being self loathing, angry, living for them, or loving them more than myself.  It is not by being miserable and feeling like a victim. My pets have shown me that when I am compassionate, patient, self empowered, set healthy boundaries, eat well, sleep well and live a balance lifestyle - that when I feel better about myself, I take better care of them - as I have love, time, energy and ability to.