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WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN WHEN YOUR ANIMALS DON'T

Delmonte, Diana BalboaPress (200 pp.) 

$14.99 paperback, $3.99 e-book 

ISBN: 978-1452522142; December 16, 2014

 

 

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An “animal communicator” offers insight into pet behavioral issues, drawing on a wealth of case studies and personal experiences.

When a cat urinates outside of its litter box, it isn’t simply an annoyance for its caregiver. According to DelMonte (Ku Ku Zen, 2012), “urination is communication.” In this book, the author tells of how she found her calling as a communicator for animals. She writes that her own beloved cat, Bubby, ushered her into the “ ‘woo woo’ world of pet psychics” by blatantly defiling her paintings and other possesions. Bubby only ceased his campaign after the author and her partner of 10 years separated and the tension in the house receded. Through years of experience with her own pets and those of countless clients, she learned that animals, at times, act as mirrors to their human caretakers. On many occasions recounted here, humans’ failures to recognize their own personal issues brought out unfavorable behaviors in their worried, stressed, or confused pets. DelMonte came to observe that empathetic animals can even share the pains and illnesses of their owners. Often, she says, clients’ animals seemed to sense disease and tried to alert their humans to its presence. For example, a Labrador tripped her owner, causing her to break three ribs; during treatment, the owner learned she had early-stage lung cancer. The dog, it turned out, had played an integral role in the critical timing of this discovery. DelMonte weaves in difficult lessons that owners may learn when a beloved animal dies or goes missing. The importance of being “present” with one’s animals and in one’s own life is a recurring theme. The author’s tales of triumphs and tragedies with her own cats are wrought with emotion, however, and her love is bright to behold. Her overall message is clear: animals are saying plenty, if one is ready to listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.com

 KIRKUS

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TITLE INFORMATION 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN WHEN YOUR ANIMALS DON'T

Delmonte, Diana BalboaPress (200 pp.) 

$14.99 paperback, $3.99 e-book 

ISBN: 978-1452522142; December 16, 2014

 

 

BOOK REVIEW

An “animal communicator” offers insight into pet behavioral issues, drawing on a wealth of case studies and personal experiences.

When a cat urinates outside of its litter box, it isn’t simply an annoyance for its caregiver. According to DelMonte (Ku Ku Zen, 2012), “urination is communication.” In this book, the author tells of how she found her calling as a communicator for animals. She writes that her own beloved cat, Bubby, ushered her into the “ ‘woo woo’ world of pet psychics” by blatantly defiling her paintings and other possesions. Bubby only ceased his campaign after the author and her partner of 10 years separated and the tension in the house receded. Through years of experience with her own pets and those of countless clients, she learned that animals, at times, act as mirrors to their human caretakers. On many occasions recounted here, humans’ failures to recognize their own personal issues brought out unfavorable behaviors in their worried, stressed, or confused pets. DelMonte came to observe that empathetic animals can even share the pains and illnesses of their owners. Often, she says, clients’ animals seemed to sense disease and tried to alert their humans to its presence. For example, a Labrador tripped her owner, causing her to break three ribs; during treatment, the owner learned she had early-stage lung cancer. The dog, it turned out, had played an integral role in the critical timing of this discovery. DelMonte weaves in difficult lessons that owners may learn when a beloved animal dies or goes missing. The importance of being “present” with one’s animals and in one’s own life is a recurring theme. However, the anecdotes begin to blur together, as they’re often more like lists to back up theories than standout stories in their own rights.The author’s tales of triumphs and tragedies with her own cats are wrought with emotion, however, and her love is bright to behold.

Her overall message is clear: animals are saying plenty, if one is ready to listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744 indie@kirkusreviews.com