Proof & Skepticism

Even though I’d been reading about people and animal psychics for years, and I’d seen enough convincing performances of famous psychics on TV to believe telepathic animal communication and other forms of intuitive information gathering was possible, I had never seen it in action.

Seeing is believing, truly.

My first personal experience with an animal communicator happened in the summer of 2002, at the Carlton & Parliament Pet Valu location in Toronto. It was during the “Cabbagetown Festival” and Claudia Hehr was doing five minute pet readings at the shop for $20.

I had with me my new-to-me dog, shepherd/cattle dog Mocha. Mocha was probably four years old. I’d gotten her from a dog rescue, who had pulled Mocha from a kill shelter shortly before her time was up. I had no history on Mocha, and so much of her behavior was a mystery to me – and I was eager to try out this pet psychic consultation thing for myself.

Claudia is a woman whose smile is deep and genuine. She is a very calm person, which is pleasant to be around. I told her Mocha’s history (that I knew of) and then put to her my question: Why does Mocha pace the apartment anxiously at 7 pm every night and cry?

Without hesitation, Claudia replied, “Because that’s the time she was left. She was tied outside a red brick building and watched her owners drive away.”

Instantly, I felt my gut lurch – and that’s an important observation. When we have a strong emotional reaction to something, it can be our bodies responding to the truth, our bodies connecting with our intuition to make us pay attention.

Or, it could be emotional manipulation, let’s be frank. I’ll tell you why I didn’t feel manipulated: I didn’t feel the way I feel when I watch a documentary that makes me angry or sad. I didn’t feel the deep sense of guilt that I get when I watch infomercials produced by the Toronto Humane Society, or PETA or Christian Children’s Fund. That’s emotional manipulation.

What I felt when my gut lurched was the physical version of the internal statement “So that’s what happened.”

It’s hard to describe the difference between emotion and intuition – that’s another blog entry.

Back to the topic at hand: proof. A strong emotional reaction is not proof of a hit. Here’s my proof:

I asked Claudia if Mocha had anything she wanted to say. (Animal communicators have a difficult time with questions like this. Animals can be like small children; when put on the spot with an open-ended question, you’re likely to get silence as a response. It’s better to ask yes or no questions at first, then follow up questions. But I was lucky, Mocha did have something to tell me.)

“She says I want my red ball. I want my green ball.”

My jaw hit the floor.

See, Mocha had a red rubber kong ball, and another green rubber ball. I used to take them to the park with us every day and play fetch with her before I went to work. I had recently put both of these balls away in favour of a new toy – a blue ball with a rope attached to it. I liked it better because I could use the rope to throw the ball farther.

But Mocha wanted her red ball, and her green ball. Where did they go? I want them back. I want the red ball. I want the green ball.

There is no way that Claudia could have guessed I had recently removed a red ball and a green ball from Mocha’s playtime. That was it. That was my proof. It was enough for me. Most of the conversation I had with Claudia was on faith. I later confirmed with the rescue I got Mocha from that Mocha had indeed, according to the shelter, been left overnight tied to the doors of the shelter – which is a red brick building.

Claudia also told me she was explaining to Mocha that she is safe with me, and that I will keep her for the rest of her life. She no longer needs to think about being abandoned at night – and you know what? Over the next week, Mocha stopped pacing at 7 pm. She had been pacing every night for the six months that I had her, but just a week after talking to Claudia, Mocha stopped this behavior and never repeated it again.

Over the years, I consulted Claudia five or six times. Whenever I would move, or add another animal to our family, or had a behavioural problem with one of the animals that I didn’t understand, I called her. (I’ll share the stories of all of these readings in future posts.) I think animal communicators should have regular consultations out of veterinary hospitals, as part of the annual examination. This is the world I hope for and work towards.

I’d welcome stories from other people about their “proof” experiences, or their first hit. If you care to share, I’d appreciate it.

If you want to learn more about Claudia, here’s her website:

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