This week our very own Caroline Spencer is taking the reins of the Pawcast and we are very glad she did!
On this episode, Caroline is joined by Animal Communicator, Joanne Yeoh and together they discuss the concept of animal communication, how animals actually communicate and the most common questions guardians want to ask their animals!
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1:02 Joanne Talks About Her Introduction Into Animal Communication
6:11 The Difference Between Reading A Dogs Behaviour and Thoughts
9:50 Reading An Animals Thoughts or Just Your Perception?
12:10 Do You have to Be With the Animal?
14:09 What’s the most common question you are asked?
19:45 Enriching the lives of animals and their guardians
21:25 How do you receive the animal’s message?
24:30 How do you turn communication with animals on and off?
27:29 Communicating with the pets that have passed.
31:19 How do people get in touch with Joanne Yeoh?
Caroline: Absolutely. I know, we’re still recording, but he won’t start now will you Oliver? Right, OK, I’m Caroline Spencer, a canine behaviorist for Bella and Duke, and I’m thrilled to be introducing you today to a lovely lady I met not so long ago, by the name of Joanne Yeoh, who is an animal communicator…
Caroline: — using telepathy… Telepathy?
Caroline: I’m not very good at saying that sort of word. So welcome, really lovely to have you on board, and looking forward to hearing all about what you do. My first question really is, I’m really fascinated and I’m sure many people are, how you first got into animal communication.
Joanne: Okay. Thank you for introducing me in such a lovely way. So animal communication — if I can just maybe explain a little bit about animal communication and what it is. And to be honest, I will kind of talk about it from my own experience, because that makes it more real for me. Animal communication for me is really more of an acceptable term now. We kind of understand it and it’s something that we can all recognize more and more, which is brilliant.
So the word communication for me means it’s two ways. So, we very often find ourselves when we are guardians or companions to our animals that we tend to talk at them and we turn to talk for them. You and I know that once we become, like I say, guardians of our dogs or cats, we say things like — oh, people must think I’m mad because I’m always talking to them, I’m always kind of like telling them about my day. “As if they can understand?” We say. But you know, what deep down, we know they do because of the way they respond to us, the way they react to us. So that kind of communication to me is really one way because we’re looking at them and we’re telling them in fact, what we think they’re thinking.
Caroline: Yes, absolutely.
Joanne: Yeah. So, I believe that communication exists, between us and animals. We can’t help it. If you meet a dog or on a walk in the morning when you’re taking yours out, you can’t help but go — oh, look at that dog, oh how are you feeling today? So communication happens naturally. It’s whether we kind of put, labels and terms on it. So the word animal communication came from, I suppose the person that pioneered it, she’s called Penelope Smith from the USA. And she termed it “interspecies communication,” which means it’s not just animals, it can be all species and we view ourselves, humans also as a species.
So when you break it down like that, it doesn’t seem so odd, we and animals or when we say animals, dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, or we and insects, bees, can actually communicate with each other. And it’s really understanding what communication really means. So, I hope you don’t mind it’s going to be kind of like a long-winded answer? But what that means for me and what it means for other people that I’m wanting to share about is that we can gain so much more understanding about how our animals or other species view what is happening to them, what’s happening to their environment, what’s happening with their relationship with their guardians. I like to call people who look after animals as guardians rather than owners.
Joanne: So I already was very comfortable with talking to my own dogs and I know I share that generally with everybody who have animals. But to take it a step further when I explored or came across an animal communication, which I’ll talk about how I came into that, I realized that I can also or people who are interested in animal communication per se, can start to also receive information from our animals. So communication is two ways. We can tell them how we’re feeling, we can share with them what our thoughts are, but more importantly, how to receive how they’re feeling, what they’re thinking. And whether you are somebody who holds the understanding that your animal is more than just an animal, that they have feelings, they have thoughts, they have opinions. So yeah. So I hope that kind of gives an understanding of what animal communication is?
Caroline: Yeah, absolutely. Because myself as a canine behaviourist and I’ve studied dogs for many, many years, by what dogs do and how dogs look and the communications, as you say, it’s a two-way street. But I know what the dog is going to do because of the way he is. But you go a little bit deeper than that. You go actually into more thought. So that absolutely fascinates me completely. Because I can predict what a dog is going to do, but there’s no way I can get into any of those thoughts and I certainly can’t talk to a chicken. And I gather you talk to all sorts of species?
Joanne: Yeah. To be honest, we all do, we just think… When I said discovered animal communication, I’m exactly the same as you. I would think that, oh well, my dog, I can talk to him because he’s a dog and he’s domesticated and I’ve taught him how to read signals, how to understand my voice and stuff like that. So, of course, I can communicate with him. But the more we kind of explore what it actually means and how we can use it in a very practical way in our daily lives, we realize that our relationship with them and their relationship with us is so much more. So yes, into thoughts and feelings because that’s the kind of person I am.
So, if I kind of go back a little bit to my career began working in an office. I did admin and finance, but me as a personality, I was always somebody that could sense something if something wasn’t right or sense something if there’s something exciting going on. So I’d always be the person that will tap you on the shoulder and go, what’s wrong? And you might go — no, nothing’s wrong, I’m fine. But I’d be like, no, something’s wrong. So that was kind of part of who I am.
Caroline: So it is that sort of gut feeling and having empathy for other people and other beings really, isn’t it?
Joanne: Yes, yes. And then my life path went to where I became interested in more kind of holistic therapy. So I became a masseur and I became a hypnotherapist. And all of that, what that was doing was I was more and more interested in having what I call healing conversations with people. Not only just trying to kind of give them fixes or advice, but I was in a space where I really want to understand about feelings. Because I could pick up certain feelings or I could pick up certain senses that I couldn’t really understand. But when I might say to somebody — oh, I pick up as if like you’re just full of thoughts aren’t you, you just can’t seem to stop thinking. And they go, oh yeah, how did you know that? And it doesn’t make me special, it’s just because I’ve got my antennas out.
So those of us who are known as the more sensitive or more empathic or the more intuitive, that’s what we do, because we’re interested. We’re interested in helping people. So we went into with my own dogs, because when I’m with them, yes, I take care of their physical needs, I make sure their routine’s good and I feed them well. But the amount of times my dog would know when I’m not happy or as much as I try to keep my stress levels down and be normal on the outside, those are the days they play up. And I’m thinking, my God, I’m so stressed and now you’re like even more… But what I was starting to learn was there was an unspoken exchange of communication going on.
Caroline: Yeah. Because for me, that would be your scent is changing depending on the chemicals in your body, but when an animal communicates with you their feelings… When it comes to humans, you can say, I know you’re feeling like this and they go, oh wow, how did you know that? But with an animal, when you’re saying to someone that your animal is feeling like this because, how do you know that that’s just not a random thought that’s coming into your head. When did you realize or pinpoint, the fact that actually, this is actually coming from the animal and not just something that’s popped into my head
Joanne: Through time…
Caroline: [inaudible][10:12] making it up sort of thing.
Joanne: Yeah, I’m always checking that by the way, because it’s not scientific. It’s not like to say if I go back to kind of my massage skills, I would know, for example, the routine, and I would be able to feel physically the tension or where there’s something wrong with the body. But also on another level, even when I’m working with the human on say, a message level, I’d be receiving say details and I’ll be going, oh, I don’t know what that is. But over time what happens is that when you’re like me, I’m just so curious. So I blurt it out, I’ll go, oh, I get also this. So other other people have verified, I guess, the type of information I’ve been getting. So with animals yes, we will need to have some aspects of it verified.
So in order to make sure that when I communicate with an animal… So let’s just use domestic animals. So let’s use dogs and cats because they’re the most common animals because when we go to wildlife it’s slightly different. So say I’m communicating with your dog. It’s so important that you know, and I know that I’ve what I call connected to your dog correctly, telepathically. So I will relay to you aspects of your dog, be it personality or characteristics or anything else that your dog decides to give me and we’ll go into what “give me” means, so that you will go — oh yeah, yeah, he does do that, yes, he does have that habit or yes he does come across like that. So yes, we will need initially when we setting up whether it’s something that you can feel comfortable that I am communicating with your dog, is that that will be information enough for you to be able to validate or verify, yes.
Caroline: So do you actually have to be with the animal or do you do it in other ways as well?
Joanne: Well, initially I thought you had to be with the animal, but then I also learned that you don’t have to be, which gave me a whole new way of working because it means that I can help animals all over the world. We’re not limited by location. So this is where we really… And for me, I really kind of appreciate and respect what say telepathy means or say if we use another word energy, and I don’t mind bouncing those words around because again, in my early days I was almost like, oh no, don’t want to use the word telepathy or energy because it sounds a bit kind of wishy-washy. But really the more I do this, the more it’s like that’s what it is.
So I work mainly using a photograph of an animal and what that means for the recipient as in the human guardian is that I’m not therefore then using my observational skill if I have them, which, I just have very basic, I’m not a trained behaviourist or anything like that. So if you gave me a photograph of your dog, then whatever comes through from that photograph is through energy, is through telepathy, because I’m not going, oh, your dog’s just kind of move a certain way or he’s reacted in this way, hence it will be that.
Caroline: Absolutely. I must say, before I had that experience myself, I was sitting on the wall, bit of a sceptic, but then I gave you one picture of Piper, my Labrador who’s coming for 15 and also a picture of one of my other dogs . . . [14:06]. And I was blown away by what you came up with and it sent trickles down my spine and yeah, it really opened my eyes to a completely another world, different energy. This is why I’m thrilled to bits to be talking to you today.
So why do people contact you? What’s the biggest question that they have or are you a last resort for finding an animal or medical problems or what is it?
Joanne: Yeah. I mean, again, with my own experience, I discovered animal communication because I was at the end of my tether with a situation with my dog. When we have, dare I say an easy dog who’s just no problems, no issues, does everything you say, is the best companion, lovely, faithful, not reactive — you kind of think, yeah this is great. to it. And where there’s no problems, you just keep things as they are. It’s like, yeah, this is great, this is what being an animal guardian is all about — I receive, give, give, give, give, And you love your dog for that, but all you do is just bask in that loveliness. Then there’s a massive group of us who have dogs and cats that have, I’m going to put it in inverted commas because in animal communication there’s no such thing as “behavioural issues.” There’s always more about an understanding.
So for those of us who have animals that present difficulties to us, difficulties in settling in their environment, difficulties in being at ease in the outdoor environment, we therefore then have to look for solutions. We then look for… Be it we take them to the vet, so that’s one option, just to make sure there’s no medical issues. Then when that can’t help us, that tends to be at the moment, the way it goes, isn’t it? We go to the vet first if anything’s wrong with our animals. Then when the vet can’t help and we don’t really want to go down the medication route and scans show nothing, then we seek out holistic animal practitioners. And a lot of us still don’t know what there is that’s being offered in a very holistic way for animals.
Caroline: Yes absolutely.
Joanne: Yeah, that’s true, isn’t it? Even the way you’re doing food. Before we knew it was one type of food and so as you know, that’s expanded, which is fantastic. So then we go to the holistic side. So this is kind of like my own little journey as well with my dog. So you go to the holistic side, herbs, remedies, everything natural and then you start to discover things like healing for animals, acupuncture, and you’re like, really? Then if that still doesn’t quite kind of get your animal to be where you feel that they are relaxed and happy, I tend to find that that pocket of people with their animals will seek animal communication. But things are starting to change a little bit. So yes to answer your question… You realize that I answer things in a very long-winded way.
Caroline: We can deal with that, we like long-winded.
Joanne: I always think like there’s no one answer you see. When I started and I was kind of promoting it so to speak or sharing about it and I think… I mean I haven’t been doing it that long, so, four, five years ago, I think it wasn’t really that known in the UK, in the US they’d been doing it for years and years and years. So I tend to then by that time get requests or inquiries from people who have exhausted every avenue to try to help their animals. And yes, when our animals are not well, what they do for us is they open up a whole new world. So many of us can say this, that we’ve changed our life, we’ve changed our career, we’ve changed our homes, because or as a result of what our animals bring to our lives and usually it’s for the better.
Caroline: Oh absolutely, yes really.
Joanne: So people will stumble onto animal communication, usually led by the animal when they can find no other solution. Now, I’m not saying that’s good or bad, it’s just one way of us discovering it. But as there are more animal communicators, more of a sharing about it particularly I like to make it that it’s accessible, it’s practical. And also bit by bit we all get to understand that we are doing it anyway, it’s just how can we kind of get it to the point where we have this two-way conversation. So I’m not unique and I know that when I started I used to read about other animal communicators saying, yes, everyone can do it, just try it. That was good because it encouraged me to explore it. But I also kind of thought — I don’t know, am I that kind of person?
So I’ve also learned a way to know how to encourage and in a way bolsters people’s ability to hone in on their own sensors, on their own intuition, which is the beginning of the journey to really become what I call fluent in animal communication.
Caroline: Really you’re enriching not only their animals’ lives but their lives as well.
Joanne: Oh my God, yeah. That’s what to me is what it’s all about now. I’m not here to tell to tell you, so to speak, let’s just put it kind of brutally. I’m not here to just tell you what Piper wants to say to you. I want to start to open you up so that you yourself can have that conversation with your dog. Because that is the wish of our animals. Yeah, they might need… And there will always be a place, for a practitioner, as you may call it, like the likes of you and me. Yes, we might need somebody to step in to be objective for us, but on a day to day, kind of things you want to check with your animal, whether they’re happy with something… Like if you change… So take into account what Bella and Duke do, if you’re changing your food for your dogs, there is a way to ask them to share with you how that feels. You can actually taste, they can send you a taste what it’s like, what the smell is like, how it feels when it goes down their throat. How does it feel when it goes down into the digestive process? Even what happens when it comes out the other end. [laughter]
Caroline: Talk a lot of pooh here actually.
Joanne: Yeah. I’m sure you do.
Caroline: You say you taste and everything, so do you get these communications, do you hear stuff? Do you see stuff, do you feel stuff? Or does it come in very many different guises for you?
Joanne: Again, everyone has their own way of receiving the information. However, we all have the senses, which will be a visual sound, smell, taste, physical sensation, emotions, and even thoughts. So all of that in one pot, okay, mix up, it’s what I call like a film. So what I always say as well as what’s important is I set the intention to communicate with the animal, to be their listener, to help them. And in a way, if I use the term to serve them because that’s so important for me. I’m not here to communicate with animals like I’m some kind of top dog to say, right, I want to talk to you so that I can find out how to fix you. Forget that. With that communication is very much right, do you know what you have learnt the language that us humans tell you. You’ve worked it out. You know what we’re thinking, you know what we’re feeling. It’s my turn to learn how to communicate back to you using the same language say, and how do dogs and cats and chickens and rabbits communicate with one another? Well, that’s the fascinating thing.
So what happens is that I will set out say a question just out of interest, say with a cat and yes, I do need to be in a space where my mind is what I call in a neutral place, so I’m not having lots of doubts in my head and I’m not… So call it a meditative state if you want to, but you’re conscious, but full kind of like listening mode. Then I might get an image suddenly come to me or I might hear something or I might smell something. It’s very subtle. Sometimes it can be very strong, but it’s usually subtle. So some of us expect communication means like we’ll sit there and I used to think like this, so it’s not just other people. But I would sit there and I imagined that my dog would communicate to me in the way that I would expect him to, i.e., just chat to me or just show me video clips so that it’s a film and everything’s all really clear. It’s not quite like that. It just comes in bits and pieces.
Caroline: He’s not talking to you sort of in English?
Joanne: It comes through so that it’s English because I am… It’s like they have to do all the work. So they’re sending imageries, they’re sending sounds, they’re sending tastes and obviously, when I’m relaying it to you it’d have to be in the language that you and I…
So I know one of the questions that people are interested in asking is — oh, I live in Italy and my language is Italian, I only speak Italian to my dog, are you going to be able to communicate to the dog? Well, imagery, sounds, smells, tastes, you know, doesn’t have that kind of language. It’s only me having to relay it to you.
Caroline: Fascinating stuff. So do you get random communications from animals who are lost or they just want to talk to somebody or communicate with someone because their owner’s not listening and you don’t know where on earth they’re from?
Joanne: Personally, no. I mean, I work full time as an animal communicator, so I do have what I call an animal communicator head on most of the time. So I’m more focused on the ones that I’m working with or my own dogs. However, if I’m out and about on a walk or I’m in a cafe and I see a dog or I’m walking across a field and I see horses and cows, I might be conscious that there are thoughts coming in that I am aware belongs to them. However, I have heard of people’s experiences whereby, they’re about to go to sleep or they just kind of relaxing and then they suddenly get, say an imagery of two dogs, but it’s distress and it’s so real that they don’t know what to do with it. These experiences are usually because they’re very sensitive working with energies anyway, they may have a background in working as a medium, or as clairvoyants, because we are kind of entering into that realm a little bit. So what I encourage or teach people who have these experiences is to understand what I call be aware of what you’re putting out.
So yeah, once animals find an access to you… Because it’s a bit like if I suddenly… Say like I’m in France and I don’t speak the language of French and I bump into you and you speak English. I’m just going to want to speak to you. Even though you might be busy, I’d be like — look, speak to me, I haven’t spoken to anybody. But if you’re busy you’ll be going to look okay, tell you what, come around my house tomorrow, we’ll have coffee, but right now I’m with my family. But if I’m going, come on. Or you can go — look are you in distress can I help you?
So I hope that analogy helps? So if you’re working telepathically, yeah you believe and you understand that there’s no limitations to how you can have a contact, but it’s also important to understand how you want to work with that.
Caroline: Yeah. Okay. Fascinating stuff. And I’ve got so many, so many questions, but another pressing one that I really would love to ask, and lots of people sort of been bombarding me with questions because they know I was going to talk to you.
Joanne: Oh that’s good, I like questions.
Caroline: So I’ve got sheets of questions, sadly I can’t get through them all. So we’re going to have to do another session if you would like. But I got to you also communicate with animals that are passed as well?
Joanne: Yes that is something that I do offer because I care very much about animals and I also care very much about people. So in my communication work, one of the services I provide or one of the help I provide is communicating with animals during the end of life stage. Because that’s such a big topic and it’s a beautiful subject to talk about as well, because, isn’t that one of the times when we go, I wish I knew what my animal wants, how they’re feeling and how they feel about the very difficult decision I’m having to make.
Caroline: Oh gosh, yes.
Joanne: Yeah, I know I’m getting goosebumps because whenever I talk about it. Also because this is a big part of why I do what I do. So we can have what I call the fun aspect of animal communication, just curiosity, what does my dog like to do? What bed does he like to lie on, what’s the dynamics between him and my cat and my partner and my children. Those are what I call fun curiosity animal communication. Then you’ve got what I call trying to find a resolution in understanding and insight, so like behavioural issues, stress, etc. And that part of animal communication is a fantastic way to collaborate as well with other animal practitioners. So for example, if a dog is having issues with regards to eating and not having good appetite, then I would want to collaborate with somebody, a nutritionist, etc. Anyway, I know I digress.
So we go down to kind of that end of life. So when I’m supporting animals and humans through this phase, I do receive communication that they’re not just a physical being, that the connection with their spirit continues. Because when I’m working with an animal in this way where I’m communicating with them whilst they living, I’m very aware that they’re not just a physical body, that they’re not just an emotional body, something else is going on because telepathy makes me really understand and accept that there’s something else going on that I can’t prove or pinpoint. So when the animal’s passed, yes, it’s slightly different with the communication. I am not able to what I call, request for their energy to stay here and I’m going to ask you lots of questions. There’s much more of awaiting for the information to come through in exactly the same way that, but it brings a lot of comfort to the humans.
Caroline: Because I know from personal experience when you get an older animal that when is the right time, you don’t want to prolong that. You don’t want to cut it short. And when you’ve got a really good communication with your animal, you can feel when the time is right, but sometimes it’s so difficult. So that is definitely something, well we spoke about it… And he was very happy with how he is at the moment, so that makes me happy. So it gives me a nice warm feeling inside. So yeah, good stuff.
If people want to get a hold of you, Joanne, how do we do that? Have you got email? Website?
Joanne: Yeah. I like to think I’m pretty accessible because I like to make sure that people can get hold of me, especially if they’ve got worries or concerns about their animals or if they just kind of curious to learn more about themselves, because I do webinars, online webinars, to encourage people to kind of learn… When I say learn this, I’m a bit funny about that word, because we already have it, to encourage people to realize that number one, they’re already doing it but they might not realize they are. And then how to hone that in a bit more.
So to contact me, I have a website which is www.animalcommunicationinsights.com and it’s got lots of information on that. But if you find that there’s too much to troll though, I have got a Facebook business page under the same name as well. Joanne Yeoh animalcommunicationinsights. So there’s a contact form on my email, you can drop me a message or pop something on my Facebook business page.
Caroline: Brilliant. Joanne, I would love to talk to you for hours. Sadly, we have to cut now but thank you so much for joining me today.
Joanne: My pleasure.
Caroline: And really look forward to talking with you again. It’s been great fun.
Joanne: Thank you.
Caroline: Yeah, thank you.
Joanne: Thank you Caroline.
Caroline: We’ll speak soon.
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