Animal communicator Karen Daley helps pets speak to their owners

SOMERSET – “What he’s showing me is that he’s been fresh: he’s been nipping at the cats. He doesn’t like them,” said animal communicator Karen Daley to the owner of an unruly Parsons Russell terrier. “I’m telling him this isn’t correct behavior and how lucky he is that you took him in.”

Duncan, the spry subject of the session looks up at Daley and blinks.

A nurse for more than 25 years, reiki master and self-described medium and animal communicator, Daley said she had psychic abilities as a child, but had put them aside and only revisited them years later as an adult. “I knew what animals were thinking and I always knew who it was going to be when the phone rang,” she said. “As an animal lover, I always wanted to give them a voice.”

Ten years ago she took an animal communication class at Women of Wisdom in Easton and started the training that eventually led her to help others, like Donna Masson by communicating with their animals. For the past seven years she said she’s also been practicing spirit communication: communicating with animals and humans that she described as having passed on to spirit form.

Though she prefers to conduct animal communication sessions by phone, speaking with the owners and communicating telepathically with the animal in a way that she said is less distracting, the face-to-face session with Masson and her dog began in same way she begins her phone sessions. “I pray for a few minutes and ask my guides to help me communicate with the animal for the highest and best to help bring healing,” she said. “I introduce myself and tell them I’m a friend of their mom or dad and that they asked me to communicate with them.”

Like many new pet owners, Masson is wondering if the Parson Russell terrier she’s had about four months now is ever going to settle down, stop trying to bite her two cats and comfortably acclimate himself to her home.

So far there’s problems: In addition to trying to bite the cats, he’s also snapped at Masson. And when she puts him into the crate at night, he goes crazy barking because the cats have the run of the house.

Daley listens and closes her eyes as she says, “I’m sending a picture of both of you in a chair together and I’m telling him you used to be the boss, but you’re not now. He’s the last one in the home and there were animals there before him. He will not be allowed to be bossy,” she tells Duncan and his owner.

Over the course of the session Masson discusses the dog’s background. A prize-winning show dog from Canada, the Parson’s Russell terrier was passed around to a few different locations before Masson adopted him. She also said she doesn’t think the previous owner was entirely honest about the dog’s situation.

Throughout the meeting Daley listens to Masson and pauses to send images to the dog of a loving and happy home in which Masson is in charge. She also conveys images the dog sends to her: “macho,” “a king in his chair,” “afraid of being sent away,” “a big dog in a small body.”

After what appears to a quiet, meditative-like conversation with Duncan, Daley tells the owner, “He’s saying he scared and fearful when he’s not in control. That’s why he lashes out at you and the cats. Now I’m showing him that’s unacceptable. That you are going to be the alpha mare,” she said referring to the term to describe a dominant horse.

As the face-to-face animal communication session nears close to 60 minutes, Masson appears to have a better insight into some of the dog’s issues that have been driving his bad behavior and she seems to be a bit more determined to make it work. “Sophie didn’t bring me this dog to have it fail,” she said referring to a beloved dog that passed away. “I looked for a dog for a long time before I found him. I believe he came to me for a reason.”

Like many times through the course of the session Daley tells the owner about the affirmative images she’s sending to the dog. “I’m going to show him that change is good. I’m sending an image of you sitting down at night holding him and petting him and telling him that’s how it will be all the time as you learn to get along,” she said, adding with a slight laugh, “he said he wants more treats.”

And to Masson, she said, “Act as if it’s already done – you can do this.”

Most owners, Daley said, come to her with specific questions about their animal or to address problems such as the ones Masson was facing with her dog. When a client contacts her she said she tells the client to think about specific questions they’d like to have answered so they can make the most use of the sessions, which she offers in 20, 30, 40 and 60 minute segments.

Though she communicates with animals directly, she said she often hears from the animal’s higher self, which will give her the straight answer. “If you ask a dog if he’s getting enough food the answer will be no. But the higher self is there to guide the dog, and will give me the truth,” she said.

And happily, after the meeting with Masson and Duncan several weeks ago, she said Masson sent her e-mail saying they were doing well. “She said she has a lot of rocking chairs in her condo and she curls up with him with a blanket. I think she just needed to stand her power and not let him walk all over her,” said Daley.