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Straight from the horse's mouth : how to talk to animals and get answers
Kinkade, Amelia.
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New York : Crown, [2001]

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xix, 266 pages ; 25 cm
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"This is not a book of outrageous stories about supernatural abilities you do not possess. This is a book of outrageous stories about natural abilities all humans possess." From the Author's Prologue: "My Promise to You" You already share a deep, loving bond with your animal. But what if you could enrich that bond even more? What if you could also listen -- and truly understand? What if your cat could reveal his mischievous secrets (not that he would) and your dog could tell you about her day? What if you could assure her you'd be back soon or assuage her fear of a visit to the vet? Would you like to know how to help her stop biting? Would you like to know why your show horse has stopped jumping? Would you like to know if your iguana is in pain? What if, when the time comes, you could say good-bye heart to heart? You can. Amelia Kinkade, professional interspecies communicator, will show you how. In Straight from the Horse's Mouth, she shares the program she developed that has helped hundreds of her clients break through the only barrier that really separates people from any other animal: skepticism. Using guided meditations and other exercises in this book designed to increase intuition, you can literally learn to "talk with the animals," share memories and make plans, negotiate house rules or mediate sibling rivalries, diagnose illness, track a disappearance, accept one another's differences, and find each other again. Read Amelia Kinkade's adventures in animal communication in all their hilarity, passion, and tenderness, and know that you can join her. Practice her exercises, and you will. Hear the chorus of troubled and endangered species, and learn what you can do to help. There will be no stopping the conversation. Let Straight from the Horse's Mouth -- as practical as it is inspiring -- be your guide to better interspecies relationships, and it will change your life and your animal companions' lives too. That's our promise to you.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Listed in The Top 100 Psychics in America, Kinkade is sought after by veterinarians and animal lovers around the world for her skill in locating lost pets, divining why an animal has lost its appetite or if it's close to death. She has communed with horses, dogs, cats, birds and even such zoo animals as elephants and jaguars. Peppered with heartwarming anecdotes about some of her cases, her book is primarily a guide to becoming an animal communicator something she believes is possible for any animal lover. The exercises she prescribes involve deep breathing, centering, asking many questions and keeping a "Paws and Listen" notebook. A true friend to animals, Kinkade also has strong opinions about animals' health and diet: "Aside from complaints about vaccinations, cats and dogs tell me the biggest culprit in destroying their health and happiness is commercial pet food." She encourages finding a holistic veterinarian and is adamant that we need to listen to animals more closely and to treat them with more tenderness overall. The last chapter, in which Kinkade reprints Albert Schweitzer's "Man and Creature," underscores her point. An excellent appendix lists, among other resources, companies that do no testing on animals. Agent, Jo Fagan, Jane Dystel Literary Management. (On-sale: June 12) Forecast: A first-rate guide for those who wish to talk to animals, this book may not satisfy readers who primarily enjoy stories of human-animal communion. On her nine-city author tour, Kinkade is bound to attract both the committed and the curious. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Ten years ago, Kinkade was skeptical about the existence of psychic communication with animals. Yet with the help of a mentor and her cat, Rodney, she became a renowned animal communicator and is now listed in The Top 100 Psychics in America (Pocket, 1996). She believes that everyone has an innate ability to communicate with animals, and in this work part memoir and part guidebook she shares how to "talk to the animals." To begin, one must believe that animals' feelings matter, a process Kinkade calls "clairsentience." Exercises are provided that readers can try with their own pets. The next step, "clairaudience," is to learn how to see pictures in animals' minds and then exchange images with them. This helps solve behavioral problems and also makes for a better relationship with one's pet. After clairaudience comes a sort of X-ray process in which one gets inside the animal's body to determine illnesses or find a pet that may be missing. Kinkade accompanies each of these stages of animal communication with many heart-warming anecdotal stories of her own telepathic experiences. Emphasizing the need for compassion toward animals, she stresses that this guide is not intended to be a substitute for medical care or the expert diagnosis of a veterinarian. Librarians don't have to be believers to purchase for large animal-interest collections. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



In his strange, not-quite-human way, [Adam] is constantly reminding me that real magic doesn't come from achieving the perfect appearance, from being Cinderella at the ball with both glass slippers and a killer hairstyle. The real magic is in the pumpkin, in the mice, in the moonlight; not beyond ordinary life, but within it. . . . It is a quality of attention to ordinary life that is so loving and intimate it is almost worship. -- Martha Beck, Expecting Adam Rodney Speaks I was as skeptical as any sane person would be that morning, fourteen years ago, when I loaded Rodney, my cat, into his carrier to take him down to the holistic veterinary clinic where a psychic was seeing animals. I was having some problems with Rodney that my regular vet couldn't help, and I figured, why not give the psychic a shot? It seemed a little goofy and I felt a little foolish, but what did I have to lose? No matter what, it was sure to be good for a laugh. I thought at the time, as some of you may think now, that the psychic business is either a hokey sideshow act or a solemn, mystical affair, full of incense-burning Gypsies and weird witches with crystal balls. Boy, was I in for an eye-opener. Gladys, the psychic, wore no heavy eyeliner, no gold hoop earrings or jangling charm bracelets. She was less gypsy fortune-teller and more midwestern grandmother. Were those ketchup stains on her shirt? I was perplexed. When I extracted Rodney from his carrier and put him down on the cold metal table in front of her, he didn't howl like a triggered car alarm or jump off the table, his usual reaction at the vet's. Instead, he sat perfectly still and quietly scrutinized Gladys. He actually seemed startled to see her. She returned his gaze. "What are you doing?" I whispered to her. "I'm talking to him," she replied flatly. You've got to be kidding! I wanted to yell. No incantations? No sweeping arm movements? No speaking in tongues? My curiosity won out over my skepticism. "What does he say?" I whispered. "I asked him what his favorite food is and he says chicken." Good guess, I thought. True, Rodney gobbled up quite a bit of fresh chicken, but what cat doesn't like chicken? Any ninny could have figured that out. "Now I am asking him what his favorite spot in the house is," she said. Again, Gladys did nothing more than look at the little cat, who returned her gaze, nonplussed. The answer must have come to her quickly: "He says he likes to sit on the back of an orange chair that overlooks a window. A chair in the den." "That's exactly right," I gasped. When Rodney was inside the house, he planted himself on the back of the peach-colored armchair in the den. "The window in the den overlooks the yard with the little white dog," Gladys said. "What dog?" I asked. "Across the street from your building is a little dog behind a fence. Rodney likes to go over there and tease that little dog. He walks back and forth in front of the fence to make the dog bark." I cast a fish-eyed glance at him. There was, indeed, a small white terrier behind a fence across the street, but I never dreamed Rodney went over there. "You torment that dog, do you?" I snarled at him. "He's very full of himself," she continued. "He says women are always commenting on the pretty yellow markings on his head. He loves women. He's been told that he's quite handsome." My jaw made a nasty clattering sound as it hit the linoleum floor. My boyfriend's secretary had been visiting our condo only the weekend before, and she had made a huge fuss over Rodney. She had praised the three little stripes on his head and used the very word handsome. I took a deep breath and cut straight to the punch: "So why does he go door to door caterw Excerpted from Straight from the Horse's Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers by Amelia Kinkade All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.