Sarasota Pet Choice Awards

What a fun night! It was a terrific end to a difficult day. Thank you to all who voted for Animal Chit-Chat for Sarasota Pet Choice Awards Best Animal Communicator!! It is always an honor to  be asked to talk with someone’s most precious furry family member as well as the many unwanted animals in the community, there are so many!

In a perfect world no child or animal would go hungry or endure the pain of abuse or neglect. In the meantime, Thank you to all who care for, work for and give loving homes to those who cannot care for themselves!!  You make all the difference!

K9 Korral Open House

Animal Chit-Chat will be at K9 Korral between 10-3 tomorrow, saturday 2/13/10 offering mini readings for $10.00. Bring your dogs or a photo of any pet you want to talk with. Your four legged kids have something to tell you….:e) I like to keep thiings on the positive side; you might be pleasantly surprised to hear what your furry friends think. Click on K9 Korral for more information on this event.

New Name & Design

logo for emailingMany of you know me as Psychic to the Pets and as the name served me well, it also implied I only communicate with dogs and cats but actually, I am able to communicate with all animals, being the bridge between Humans and Animals.

My “Testimonials” page has been relocated to this blog site and I’m still in the process of moving all of them over. I hope you’ll visit often to see the heartwarming testimonials my clients have so beautifully written for me.  Please send your testimonials to lori@animalchit-chat.com I would be honored to post them.

“In Memory Of…” is a new page dedicated to the animals now living on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge-Remembered by the people who loved them ~ unconditionally!  If you had a chance to say just one thing to your special animal companion, what would it be? Now you can. Just email lori@animalchit-chat.com and include your name, your animal’s name and one, no more than two sentences you would like  your special friend to hear.

Check out my new site: www.animalchit-chat.com for more information about Animal Chit-Chat with Lori Michel, Animal Communicator. Whether you care for the largest of animals or the tiniest, a session with me will give you an insight into the amazing animal(s) you so lovingly care for.  

Portrait by Michelle Donner Photography and Website designed by dizyn.net  – A BIG Thank you to both of you! It was truly a pleasure working with you!!

Food for Thought

Sam & Chia (food for thought)First, let me start by saying my intention is not to tell you never to eat meat again or to turn you away from eating meat, man has been eating meat for centuries. However; my hope is to bring a little closer to the fore-front the treatment of animals we use for consumption.  There has to be a better way! I realize we can’t ask the world to stop eating meat,  eggs or cheese, etc… but we can certainly change the process to be at least humane.

You’ve heard of the saying – “garbage in-garbage out” As you will read I experienced it myself and truly believe it to be so. It was a typical Saturday for me, running here and there to my appointments . In-between  appointments I blew through a drive thru to grab a quick bite to eat. It smelled so good and I was so hungry, I took a bite and began to chew………I was overwhelmed with an awful feeling in the pit of my  stomach.  Instantly I felt this animal’s horrific misery  suffered during her short little life. I took the food out of my mouth (sorry for the snapshot) and put it down with the rest of my order, told her how sorry I was for her, wrapped it back up, threw it away and to this day can not eat meat. 

We may choose not to see these animals as living breathing creatures of this earth or choose to believe they have no sense of pain, suffering or understanding, the fact remains, they are, and, they do! We’ve all seen the footage, in many processing  plants, they are  treated horribly, many endure  great pain and some even sick. So now they’ve been processed and ready for eating – where do you  suppose all that negative energy goes? Right into our bodies! 

What can I do? How can I possibly change this? If you’re asking yourself these questions then I have to answer with another question. How do we create any other change in this country? We stand together. Because until we do that, nothing will change. Maybe we choose to cut back on the amount of meat/eggs we eat.  We can choose to eat the “free range” products. True, they are a little more expensive  but the benefits far out weigh the dollar value when you think of what you’re putting into your body. All I’m asking is to keep it in mind the next time you go shopping – give it a try. Most stores have a “green” section now, it’s a minor little adjustment in how you buy is all.

Are you hungry for change?  I was afraid to click  “watch the trailer” but was pleasantly surprise at how tastefully it was done!  A movie I will want to see.

June is “Adopt a Cat” Month

Fotolia_4366720_XS[1] puppy kitty loveToday is the first day of June! Can someone tell me what happened to the first half of this year? It flew by so quickly. I am happy to hear however; that despite these difficult times, lots of homeless pets are finding new homes. I’m expecting this month will find even more furry purry kitties playing comfortably with their new families because it is Adopt a Cat month, which, brings me to the Feline Flair.

Feline Flair to benefit Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), in it’s 2nd year, brings  together at least 14 different shelter and rescue organizations for the purpose of finding their cats a purrrrr-fect home. 

Just look at Howie, he’s found his purrr-fect little playmate. You can find yours too at the Feline Flair or in one of your local shelter or rescue organizations.

Help ME!

Fotolia_1349647_XS[1] dog in carThis was heart wrenching for me to feel, to hear and to see as this particular dog showed me. It’s heart wrenching for me to write. It’s heart wrenching for you to read. It was horrifying for the dog.

Because of my ability to communicate with animals, I have seen first hand just how awful it is for a dog to die in a hot car. It happens so quickly, you can’t imagine. It’s horribly scary for them as they’re gasping for air, barking & crying for help but no-one is coming all the while jumping up and down to get out of the car.  The heart beats fiercely in the chest as the pounding sound in their little head becomes louder –MOM —–DAD ——What’s happening! Where are you!?  barking —  barking —- calling for help…….. until……….silence……

With out a doubt, it’s tragic for all involved but I think even more heart breaking is the fact that it’s never done intentionally or maliciously. We love our pets, they are just like our children and in some cases, they are our children so to harm or hurt them is un-imaginable.

We want to take our pets everywhere we go but as we’re running in and out of this store and that store we quickly loose track of time. It may feel like only a minute or two but in reality, it’s longer than just a couple minutes. Please, leave your pet at home if you have stops to make during your outing – they will lick you for it when you return home!

I wish you lots of happy and healthy fun with your pets this summer! Make it a safe one. To read more on the risk factors of heat exhaustion click here.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of any organization dependent upon public donations in order to achieve their mission. Volunteers are intelligent, passionate and giving individuals who take time out of their busy lives to work, for free, for the organization of their choosing. Thank goodness for volunteers!!

Several vendors in our animal welfare community decided to come together to honor our fabulous volunteers but we ask for your help once again to pull this off – if you know anyone who has made a difference in the lives of animals then please print off several nomination forms and start filling them out. There are so many fabulous volunteers in this community that I expect we will see truck loads of nomination forms rolling in any time now For the Love of Animals 2009 event. Not only will this be a night for volunteers, proceeds will  benefit several animal welfare organizations in our community. Please look for the June/July issue of Sarasota Pet for more information on this exciting event.