Mary has a very special relationship with our dog, Dootsie. Dootsie is a thirteen pound, Chihuahua Poodle mix. She has a very spunky personality, knows what she wants and is exceedingly intelligent. Mary has known her for over four years and the two have developed a very sweet and loving connection. Dootsie gets very excited when we tell her she’s going to visit Mary. Her ears perk up and she wags her tail. She reserves that attention for only very special people in her life.
Mary has spoken to Dootsie numerous times about various subject matters, everything from how she’s feeling physically and emotionally to giving her advanced notice that we would be going out of town. Mary’s incredibly accurate. It’s almost like she and Dootsie chat over a cup of tea, like two old friends, and then she shares the conversation with me.
Mary spoke to her recently about handling some potential new changes in her life, such as the arrival of her new puppy brother. The first thing Dootsie told Mary was “No, he’s not coming to this house.” Mary continued to work with her until the puppy moved in.
My aunt and uncle had two Border Collie puppies from their litter and they offered me one of them. It was my choice. I asked Mary if she could talk to each of them to find out which one of the puppies wanted to come home with me. One of the puppies, Sullivan, told Mary, even before I met him, that he was the one. Mary was right on, Sullivan and I hit it off right away and he was by my side giving me every indication he was my choice or more accurately, I was his choice.
It was tremendously helpful to Dootsie to discuss the puppy situation with Mary, so she was prepared when Sullivan came into the house. The two played together quite a bit, but there was still some tension for Dootsie. After about a week, Mary asked Sullivan how things were going. Sullivan’s response, “I like her a lot, but I don’t think she likes me.” Eventually though with Mary’s help the two have become closer.
Mary has shown us she’s an incredible animal communicator and she’s also a terrific animal mediator.