Pet Sounds

Animal psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick hears voices, the dog and cat kind.

Along with brushing off traditional animal medicine, most pet psychics also don't believe in higher-power lessons based in organized religion. Instead, many came to the field after some sort of personal spiritual experience, and apply similar concepts to animal communication. "The work that I do is not a religion for me, but I do call for all of the divine help that I can get," says Dallas pet psychic Larson. "I call for the archangels and the guardian angels to give me permission to talk with [animals]."

Unlike Dr. Crist's clients, none of Teller's clients have consulted with a pet psychic, though several have asked her opinion about animal communicators. Her thoughts on the matter can be best summarized when she says, "There are certainly better ways to spend the several hundred dollars to ensure the health and well-being of a pet...but I understand that sometimes people need to do something that makes them feel better, even if it's a crock."

Because it's impossible to prove if animals can indeed send their thoughts into a magnetically aided telepathic field—and a human being can actually get in there to decode the messages—pet psychics are often called out as wannabes, even by people who speak to animal communicators on a regular basis.

Helen Stroud has been a client and friend of Fitzpatrick's for 19 years. According to her, Fitzpatrick is "just psychic, period." However, other animal communicators that she's spoken with are not, period.

Two years ago, Stroud talked to Myra Logan, a Houston-based pet psychic who conducts all-day animal communication workshops for $180 a person. Logan, who quit her corporate job in 2002 to become a full-time, albeit financially strapped, pet psychic, is known in the community as the animal communicator to go to if money is tight. (She charges just $70 per half hour.)

Stroud apparently got what she paid for because she wasn't impressed with Logan's "horrible, fear-based bullshit" consultation. When Stroud reported the results to Fitzpatrick while visiting her home, Fitzpatrick became angry and said, "That's what gives us a bad name!"

Logan, during a phone interview, was rendered speechless by the allegation that she preys on people's insecurities during her pet psychic readings. "I don't know how to respond to that," says Logan after a long pause. "I can give you the numbers of hundreds of [former] skeptics that have referred other clients to me."

Even Fitzpatrick admits that there are limitations on what she can do. Unlike with dogs and cats, which boast a "single consciousness," she's unable to communicate with nonhumans that have "mass consciousness." This includes spiders as well as flies, which she kills every chance she gets. (In fact, during a closed-door pet psychic session in Fitzpatrick's bedroom, a lone fly wouldn't leave her alone. She tried over and over to kill the pest, but was unsuccessful.)

Fitzpatrick has also given up locating runaway animals through telepathy, a trend that many pet psychics have adopted because, according to Logan, the owners who don't find their lost pets are always disappointed. "This is not a science. You can't get an animal to do anything," Logan says.

To trained professionals like Dr. Teller, these are just some of the obvious shortcomings of pet psychiatry, a field she won't be shelving her day job for anytime soon.

"My only intrigue with seeing a pet psychic would be like going to a party and they have a palm reader because you're always a little bit curious as to what they're going to say," Teller says. "Other than that, I don't see it as much more than an interesting party trick."


Fitzpatrick, in between sips of afternoon tea, composes some words on a yellow notepad for her forthcoming animal afterlife book. Across from the white couch where she sits is a four-legged table that holds her psychic grandmother's ashes.

"Oh, that's Wanda Sykes, darling," says Fitzpatrick, who takes a break from writing to point to another table that's lined with photos of Fitzpatrick posing with celebrity clients such as Sykes and Denise Richards. Aside from trips to Los Angeles and New York City for television interviews, Fitzpatrick rarely leaves this room or her bedroom. That's because she's found a way to conduct her profitable affairs—ranging from telephone pet psychic sessions to writing books by longhand that have been translated into Chinese and Japanese—without leaving her home.

Even if non-clients are hanging about her home, it's not unusual for Fitzpatrick—who perpetually dresses like she's going to a function, a habit that she picked up during her modeling days—to perform impromptu readings for free. For example, during one of my visits, Fitzpatrick unexpectedly starting talking to my dogs. "Which one has troubles with his ears? You see, I'm picking that up as I'm talking to you. I've got discomfort in my ears. He says he has ear trouble every so often. Let me [telepathically] tell your dad how to get rid of the allergies."

In all of the years she's been doing pet psychiatry, Fitzpatrick claims that only two people have asked for their money back. One person desperately needed the cash to pay some other bills, while the other became upset because Fitzpatrick didn't inform the owner that her pet was going to die (which it did) a few days after the session. In both cases, Fitzpatrick refunded the money.

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cp
cp

I wonder if you told her first that you had a lab or a cocker spaniel or another dog breed that is prone to various sorts of "ear problems"? I mean, if someone told me that they had a Dalmatian, I might later ask if it suffers from skin problems. The list goes on and on.

Leslie Razien
Leslie Razien

I have had several readings with Sonya in the last few years. I have no doubt as she is the "real deal". The things she says are so specific and there is no way she could know or guess these things. And, as icing on the cake, many of my relatives that have passed have over popped in during our sessions. This woman is Amazing and I am very happy that she is able to share her gift with others!!!

James
James

One of my relatives supposedly does this.

JJ
JJ

Anyone ever hear about the dislexic agnostic? He always wondered if there was a Dog.......

oldpatchie
oldpatchie

I would like her to talk to my ASS poor old thing is old and tired

dertymindz
dertymindz

My tube-snake has been acting up lately. Wonder if she can help?

Paco Jamal Warner
Paco Jamal Warner

"Fitzpatrick claims that she can communicate with bears and autistic children too."

That'll come in handy if I'm ever being mauled by a bear or get trapped inside an episode of "St. Elsewhere".

HeidiF
HeidiF

This is just silly -- and we have PLENTY of serious things we could be talking about that would actually help our companion animals in Dallas. For instance, why does Dallas Animal Services have to ask for donations of supplies and for volunteers to help out when our tax dollars should be paying for humane and compassionate care for the animals they take in. And, when will the city of Dallas stop euthanizing thousands of animals a month and start working on real spay-neuter programs and finding homes for the one they have? Hey, D.O., with Mark Donald leaving, it's like you've taken leave of your senses.

Sinibaldi
Sinibaldi

The wind blowing in the sun.

In the chirpingof a delicatebird there's alight that alwaysshines nearthe sound ofa quietness, it'sthe tender reliefnow recallingthe youth.

Francesco Sinibaldi

Schrödinger
Schrödinger

Can she tell if a cat in a steel box is alive or not? Please get back to me. It's kind of important.

Doggy Lama
Doggy Lama

Yes, I do become quite amused when some people are taken for a ride by Television Pastards. Basically, if people are willing to believe in television miracles, they deserve the consequences. Of course, I don't appreciate the elderly being a target of this recalcitrant behavior, but most others are fair game.

Psychics are no different. But, psychics for dogs? Come on.

I have been known to hand out business cards to pretentious psychological fucks at various mental health conferences to break the monotony of name tag examination. "Canine Hypnotherapy and Psychodrama" It is amusing to watch the contorted faces that follow.

If I were to open such a clinic, I could easily milk the patient owners. I could ask the owner to assist in obtaining an informed consent paw print. Then, I could ask them to leave the room. Confidentiality is very important. If the patient were to show no progress or regression, I could blame this on "resistance." I might do this. I could call myself a Specialist in Canine Psychotherapy.

 
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