How to Better Connect with your Pets! Enhancing your relationship through effective communication!

me&my health up podcast episode #48 – Transcript

Anthony Hartcher 0:01
Hi, my friends welcome to another insightful episode of Me&My Health Up with your host Anthony Hartcher. I healthy man, according to my children, aka, clinical nutritionist and lifestyle medicine specialist. The purpose of this podcast is to enhance and enlighten your well being, and today we’ll be chatting with an animal communicator. Kelly Mercieca. Yes, and so we’re going to talk about how to better connect with your pets. Now you’re probably wondering about the relevance of this podcast why and animal communicator on a health and wellness podcast?

Well, let me tell you why. Science tells us that connecting with animals helps us regulate our nervous system and don’t we need a bit of that at the moment, given what’s going on with the pandemic, it helps calm us it helps down regulate the nervous system. So when you’re feeling agitated, a pet can calm you. So if we better understand our pet’s needs through effective communication, our level of connection deepens which would enhance the therapeutic relationship.

So hence, while we have Kelly today, and Kelly is a professional, animal, communicator, and healer, Kelly communicates energetically in a two way conversation with the animals and this amazes me and that’s why I’ve got her on today because I really want to find out more it intrigues me, she’s able to do this with a photo or in person. So that’s even more intriguing, being highly empathetic, Kelly has always had a natural ability for listening and supporting people and animals.

a professional animal communicator, Kelly loves that she can give guidance to our clients and their animals in a challenging situation and be able to support them in a holistic approach. Kelly’s passion is giving animals a voice, and she loves to help improve her clients and their animal’s lives and help create a deeper connection and understand understanding between both of them. Welcome, Kelly, how are you today?

Kelly Mercieca 2:18
Thank you. I’m good. Thank you. How are you?

Anthony Hartcher 2:21
Fantastic, and so glad to have you on. So just like I do with all my other guests, I’m really keen to understand your story of how you arrived at being an animal communicator, it fascinates me, and I’m sure it’s fascinating. The listeners.

Kelly Mercieca 2:36
Okay, um, there were a couple of reasons behind it, or probably even more than that, but I’ll start with some of them. Yeah. So I started on my spiritual journey, I guess, about 15 years ago, doing lots of different study self development and understanding myself more, and a lot of people talk about that, like, they have a spiritual awakening, but I constantly have them. It’s not just one, there’s always another layer. So that kind of started me studying and I actually used an animal communicator for some of my animals and so that inspired me also, you know, because it was like, amazing that I could have somebody support me in areas that there wasn’t really anyone to do that.

So, yeah. That’s kind of why I, yeah, started doing it. Yeah.

Anthony Hartcher 3:34
Fantastic. Yeah, we know how much communication is important for our social, connected, you know, for social connection to develop relationships and how important that communication is and, you know, it will be the same with animals given that, you know, we’re from the animal kingdom. So, and I guess we can do it verbally.

Whereas, animals, it’s a lot different and hence why I’m really intrigued as to how you can communicate with animals non verbally, and it’s probably in some, in some ways, similar to how people you know, that are either blind or deaf, can continue having an amazing life, even though they’ve, they’ve lost those sensors. So they’re really intrigued as to how you communicate with these animals.

Kelly Mercieca 4:24
Okay, and it is very interesting and even though I am an animal communicator, I still love amount and you know, it sometimes it even surprises me if that made it it’s it’s amazing. So it’s all energetically and I know you spoke briefly about what to do so and definitely communication is important.

So with any relationship, whether it be human or animal, yeah, we better communication we, you know, we can understand each other better. So, yeah, it’s a great way to improve that. So actually, use my senses. Like all my senses I’m so like, I will connect with an animal, telepathically and intuitively, so using energy, and that’s why I can use a photo, or, and I’m trained that way to work with a photo or in person and that’s why it doesn’t really there’s no difference to me in, other than that on there with the animal, there’s no difference in how the actual session is, if, if that makes sense. It’s not like, I will get more information from a photo or in person, it’s pretty much the same, it’s just a different way of doing it.

I will get visual, like images, I can also get, like, here, so I and then I can feel as well. So the animal will, I will ask them a question, and in that manner, and then they will send me back in their primary sense. The answer to that question. So that’s how sort of work yeah,

Anthony Hartcher 5:59
It’s probably very similar to when children have babies, for example, I’m thinking, you know, when a mother is constantly talking to that baby, it’s similar, because they’re not getting any feedback verbally from the baby, other than maybe some noises, and, you know, dog, we know, dogs, cats, you know, and all animals, you know, provide some sort of noise.

But that mother baby connection is very much on that energetic level and it’s, you know, very similar to you, you know, and I guess pet owners do have those conversations, don’t they, when there’s no one else around, they’ll be talking to the dog, or the cat or the bird or the fish, and you’re probably just allowing yourself that space to get the feedback back. and I think it’s probably similar to when we in conversation, and those moments of pause, you know, the pausing between what, you know, words or sentences or, you know, you’ve said what you wanted to say, that moment of pauses, where you’ve, you’re still communicating that on a different level, it’s just nonverbal, right?

Kelly Mercieca 7:09
It’s exactly like that, and, like, definitely, and children generally, up until a certain age, do communicate with animals, just like I do, and we lose a lot of that through society, and just how we are taught then taught differently, I mean, things are changing, and that’s great. So people are learning to stay more connected. But that’s exactly how it is, it’s really just tuning in with that and like I always, you know, meditate for a session, and so to really quiet my mind, and I have steps that I take to be able to hold that session for the client and their animal. Yeah.

Anthony Hartcher 7:51
And so please share with some of these steps that you do in order to better communicate because that can help on a personal level, you know, when people are conversing and being in that right frame of mind, or that right state to be to best, you know, to effectively communicate, essentially, you know, at the best level, and so, even for those that don’t have pets that are listening in, I think, you know, what Kelly does, and particularly came to hear her steps on how she gets herself into a certain state to be able to communicate at that deeper level, because you may be a mother with teenage children, and you’re not getting many verbal cues back, right, because teenagers that you know, particularly boys, they just grant and females may just, you know, be talking at a surface level tip of the iceberg and you really thinking there’s something I’m picking up that’s deep down troubling them, but I cannot pick it up.

So I’m thinking, you know this, what you’re about to share around your tip tips as to how you get yourself into this state to connect and to communicate at this deeper level will be important for anyone.

Kelly Mercieca 8:57
Yeah, definitely and we are really all communicating with our animals, like you said, we do. Maybe we even don’t realize it, but there’ll be something that we like, oh, you know, that your animal. So it’s just me doing it on a professional level and a deeper level.

So my life is very much around, you know, living every day so that I make sure I’m ready for, you know, so I do to do self healing. So I am a Reiki Master. So I do Reiki on myself every day. So I have a certain routine, even just in the morning where I will do that. I will meditate.

There’s a lot of self care taken into what I do, too, which is great for my job, but also for me personally. So that’s how it can benefit everyone making time to meditate and sometimes people say oh, I don’t have time, but that’s really when we do need the time because even if it’s for two minutes every morning and grounding yourself.

There’s Well, so without going outside, you know, if that’s not able to happen, because that’s what I have to do before a session. So, you know, just imagining, you know, connecting to the center of the earth and things like that to ground yourself, that’s very important as well and staying in the present moment, so, and that doesn’t mean things may come into your mind, but you just kind of let them come and go out. Yeah, so it’s really having an empty in a sense of emptying so that you can receive those messages, and, yeah, and people, you know, with the energy it can happen, where you might think of success as a kind of an example, to explain how I do it.

Like, um, you may be thinking of a friend or something, you know, someone you know, and you might run into them, and you haven’t seen him for a long time or they might ring you because I know, often that will happen with me and my ring of friends, I’ll be like, how did you know I was having a hard time. So often, you know, we are that sort of an example and it’s like radio waves or the internet, you can’t really see it, but it’s traveling. So it’s how I communicate energetically. Yeah.

Anthony Hartcher 11:11
Yeah, and I really like how you, you know, what you shared in terms of those steps that you take to get you in the right state to receive those other signals, those other nonverbal signals of communication is really having that, you know, that deep centered self care, self love, and being very present, and so you’re constantly practicing that so that you have an empty calf and you’re able to receive more signals.

Whereas typically, if you think about the western lifestyle, we’re running around, where, you know, we’re constantly being bombarded with all this other information, and we’ve got so much clutter in our brains, and we’re not allowing ourselves to process all that clutter, whereas you’re giving yourself the space to receive the signals that everyone receives, but whether or not they can connect with those signals is another question because they’ve got so many other signals coming in and sort of, you know, who’s calling the loudest, you know, that the phone rings or whatever.

Whereas you’re having that allowing yourself the space disconnecting with some of those other signals and, and then reconnecting with these other, you know, these signals, such as the use of the radio waves, telepathy, that, that you pick up that, hey, that friend, I’m sensing is not good, and I’ve got a feeling and whereas other people cannot pick up on that, because of this phone that’s ringing, or this text message that keeps coming in or something, you know, like, it’s just constant bombardment, I think what you do is essentially, just give yourself that space and apply the self care.

Kelly Mercieca 12:48
Try, it’s definitely that and, and that is, like, there are advantages to that for everybody. You know, it can help with anxiety and all sort of those conditions, you know, making time for exercise because I always do that.

So making sure that every level like emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally, so really keeping all those aspects, and that’s very important, and people may not, because I do communicate with animals, but that is the whole aspect of the study and the work and the self love and everything else. Yes, definitely. I have, you know, work on that all the time and it’s a constant. You know, it’s an everyday thing. Yeah.

Anthony Hartcher 13:35
Yeah. So there’s a couple of things that are coming to my mind. Well, firstly, is the photo and I’m intrigued by, you know, how you said, I can equally communicate our photo as to what I, you know, whether I’m physically present with the animal, or I just have a photo of the animal, you know, simply because, you know, it’s two dimensions is, for me, you know, what energy is being released from the photos. So, I, and it’s taken at a point in time. Yeah. So it has to be a current photo, I assume, are very current photo. Yeah.

Kelly Mercieca 14:07
Yes. So yeah, I will always, yeah, let the client and I also need to see the animal’s face. So it doesn’t need to be like, I let you see their eyes, because that’s sort of how I connect with them and make sure that, you know, yeah, like that. It’s the correct animal that I’m connecting with when I do connect, but that yeah, and then I just do my steps and then I always introduce myself and I ask permission that it’s you know, the owner has given me permission, permission and I always ask the animal to, and then before connecting, so actually, reading the animal is actually a two way conversation because I send them information and they send it back to me. So it is different to a psychic reading, where you’re just reading them. Yeah, it’s just like you and I hear now it Doing it energetically.

Anthony Hartcher 15:03
And so with the photo, you’re reading the photo, but then communicating directly to that animal. It’s more that energetic, you’re putting out energy receiving energy, whilst looking at a photo, you’re not actually, you know, they’re physically not present with you.

Kelly Mercieca 15:26
And I’m trying, like, and that’s the way I’ve been trained as well, because I’ve studied with several different teachers, although I have a diploma with, like, the some online method, so that’s how I’m actually trained to work with a photo or in person, so that we are a, because I have clients all over Australia, and even internationally.

So that enables me to be able to help like, clients anywhere, and yeah, so it’s just really the same thing. It’s the same to me, either way, whether in person, or obviously, it’s great to go out and see the animals because, you know, I get to be in their presence, and that’s amazing because we have so many beautiful animals but even with a photo, I’m like, every time I have a client say, oh my gosh, we’re so blessed with how amazing and beautiful each animal is unique and beautiful.

Anthony Hartcher 16:22
Yeah, share with us, in our recent example, where you’ve helped the client, you know, via a photo or being present with the animal, you know, what sort of animal was it? What was, what was the owner’s concerns? And you know, how you just share the experience? Because, you know, I’m still really intrigued about how this all works.

Kelly Mercieca 16:44
Okay, so let me think about it. So, a recent one, I’ve done, what I went out to a client was for their cat, and they just had concerns that the cat was being a bit, a little bit mischievous and obviously animals are when they’re, you know, under certain age their babies and their learning. So I don’t normally work with any animal sort of under six months, but over that age, and training is also very important, I must say, like, if it’s a dog training, or because they need structure, so I would help by going out, and they actually the client will give me questions.

I will then ask the animal. So, for instance, this cat was being, as I said, mischievous. So I talked to the cat about how it wasn’t appropriate behavior. So I kind of like how you may talk to your child, in a sense, or, you know, even in any relationship where you’re actually explained to somebody and communicate to them, that how it affects them and how it affects who they’re doing that to.

Also just some safety things, some things like the cat was doing that, that might hurt itself. So explain that, and also in a session, I do healing, so that also helps. So there was an immediate, like change, even in the, in the cat, usually, you know, the client if I’m not there, but I was there with their breathing, and they’ll just become, and generally, sometimes they fall asleep, too.

So and I was doing some work and talking about, you know, the cat was giving me signs, even physically actually, like moving the ears and when I was actually talking about doing certain things with the ear. So that was very interesting, and so that’s one case where I went out then, and that was for animal communication and healing.

Another case recently was, I have helped a dog that was burnt in the bushfires in a Bongo bushfire. So I’ve been working with her for a long time, actually and I did healing and communication and she helped her with her confidence, and anxiety. So that’s another a lot of time where clients will contact me for that and so she’s big, it’s better for the family and her because she’s become a much better, much more settled in the family and they’ve, they’ve all learned both sides like the animal has learned the dog because that’s for dog and the family is also learned.

So I give them both tools, and then it’s up to the client also to implement those. So it does come with some a session does come with responsibility for both people, or both the animal and the person. Yeah.

Anthony Hartcher 19:50
Which Yeah, makes total sense.

Kelly Mercieca 19:52
Yeah, I don’t just go in there and you know, wave a magic wand although I do believe in magic. You know we do actually do have to take steps? And, you know, negotiate that and work out a plan? I sort of call it a plan and then yeah, and then it is up to the client to then make sure that they do those steps.

So that, you know, because it takes time sometimes for behavior to change. Yeah, but there, I mean, you do see immediate changes, but it is over time, obviously, like anything.

Anthony Hartcher 20:27
Yeah, healing is a journey. It. Yeah, and it requires time. So I, I totally understand, because it’s, you know, it’s communications two ways. So it’s important that you’re communicating with the animal, but at the same time, the owner needs to understand and also better communicate with it, you know, with the pet, you know, whether it be a dog or cat and if you don’t, you know, help the owner with its communication on a regular daily basis, then the problem could come back, right.

So the, you know, like, often, you know, parents and kids, so the kids will pick up on the parent’s energy. So if the parents are really stressed, or vice versa, I mean, the kids could come home stress, and parents get stressed by just feeling that energy, you know, being radiated from the child and likewise, if the parent has a bad day, they come home, and, and it’s the same if a parent comes home, and they’re very stressed than the animal will become stressed, right? Feeling the gifts, sensing that there’s something not right, and making them a bit fearful. So I can, I can see why you leave both with the tools to then continue.

So it gives us some examples of what these tools would involve, like, you know, are they ways to communicate better communicate or allow time or space? Or? Yeah, so please, share?

Kelly Mercieca 21:51
Okay, yeah, so some tools like, would be like, even teaching, like getting the animal to have its own space and even ground itself. So I will teach like that and depending on the person, also, I will give them that tool as well. I kind of tailor it to each person, but um, yeah, so then, because exactly what you said energy, we all pick up on the energy and then we can have past like traumas, and so that can come into it if you have a rescue animal, and then combining them together with the person, they already have their stress, and then the animal can be a great combination.

Sometimes it may be just working more with the animal, although the owner will have steps and sometimes it’ll be you know, they’re both they both like saying, um, yeah, like, I’ve had animals where they’ve, I’ve helped them because they’ve been there, and then the owner has got another animal like another rescue, say, so, you know, it’s teaching that new animal that they’re not replaced, and that, explaining to them that, you know, and it takes time then for the animal to get used to the new one. So that would be way so basically, yeah. grounding and good structure.

So you know, if it’s a dog, or even cats still need training to some extent, I also work with horses, and I also work with birds. So depends on the animal, I guess, on the structure, but training is an important thing and I can give some suggestions with training, but I would always suggest if they have not to get a dog trainer, I have studied some dog training as well. So I can help in some aspects, but it does need to be that because it’s not fair to expect, the animal doesn’t know if you don’t teach it.

I’m giving it structure and also teaching them that as the owner, the animal is safe. So the owner really does need to learn to manage their energy so that the animal feels safe. Yeah,

Anthony Hartcher 24:08
Yeah, and you picked up on a really good point I was just thinking about how that domestication of animals right so they’ve you know, originally from the wild and they’ve come into the become more domesticated and, and that degree of domestication depends on the breed. So certain breeds have, you know, just in a transition of domestication, like I’m thinking of the Husky and those sort of dogs and, and on top of that, it’s that now, owners are allowed to have pets in apartments.

So if I’m thinking of the you know, the grounding aspects, so connection with nature, so, you know, the, the typical Australian dream is to have a house and land and so the dog would typically roam in the backyard and be you know, grounded on a regular basis, but now, you know, we urbanization is forcing less you know, there’s less land available, it’s forcing us up and the animals to also up into high rises, and so the animals are becoming, you know, less connected with nature, and, and so that would be certainly playing into, you know, you’ve probably seen more, right, you know more cases of where that grounding needs to be applied, particularly for animals that all day in an apartment locked off whilst the owners working and the owner could be too busy and has to continue to work in the evening and so that and so the, that stress is both, you know, little, it could be the mischievous cat that you mentioned, you know, like, it sort of the guy just wants to get out, you know, like, it’s needs some grounding.

Kelly Mercieca 25:45
Yeah, that’s right. So you know, going outside and taking them but yeah, if you can’t do that, then I give other ways and tools to do that, you know, there’s also like essential oils, making sure that they’re safe and I will always, you know, suggest which ones are for dogs and cats and they should never be in a closed room with any essential oils, like flower essences.

So there are many different things that are tools that I can give, depending on Yeah, what it is, and sometimes it will even be referring them to, like I said, with a dog trainer, or another professional that is beyond what I can do not that I will still do the capability work within my capability, but you know, they may need somebody else. So they have a team of people and because that’s how, you know, changes happen. So that will be sometimes too. Yeah, I’m able to do that and help them as well.

Anthony Hartcher 26:48
And what about us, he can sound like I’m thinking, you know like you mentioned, the flower essences and essential oils, you know, it all comes from nature, it’s derived from nature and so it does help with grounding. Absolutely, There’s science, strong science behind that. What about music? Because it also, you know, you can listen to ocean sounds on waterfalls, and birds, does that help animals like fit?

Kelly Mercieca 27:13
Yes, that is another thing that I may suggest. music, I love music myself. So I will often play, you know, certain Healing Music throughout the day, when I’m doing my sessions as well, just even in the background. So that can definitely be something that I would suggest. To even put on for clients. Yeah, yeah,

Anthony Hartcher 27:40
Yeah, helps us, you know, helps ground up, you know, in terms of, you know, if we want to wind down in the evening, it’s great to play some nature sounds or just relaxing music to really help level us. So I can imagine it would be the same for the pet.

Kelly Mercieca 27:55
Yeah, a lot of the time, that’s the thing, it’s not sometimes so different to what we would do for ourselves. So then we, That’s why usually everyone in the whole house benefit, or, you know, I will also because I offer healing sessions separately to the communication, you know, I may, and I will always give a few options and leave it up to the client as to what they choose. So I like to be able to, you know because it gives them control, and that’s and guidance, and then they make the decision. So even, I would suggest that healing would help.

So they might buy or might get packages of healing for me where they might do one, two, or three, or, you know, there are clients that I do for their animals like I have a one that I do healings pretty much every week for him because he’s had three surge ACL surgeries on his back left leg and so the difference in that is amazing, like, how much better he feels and so I can give from the end, because everything I get is from the animals perspective, so I can give a pain level from, from the animals perspective.

That’s really good when it comes to surgery or an illness for an animal and we can’t, they can’t always tell you like, I don’t replace a bit so they’ll go to the vet and then have that information. So that’s where I that sort of that gap where I can fill in and also give them and that can give a lot of relief and comfort to the owner knowing that okay, they’re taking this medication and how and is it you know, I can tell, sometimes I make might make the animal feel a bit sick in the stomach, but it’s from the medication so at least if the owner knows that they can ensure that they are giving them food or it just gives them an idea of how their animals feeling which is very helpful.

You’re in you know, you’re already in a stress state about your animal so that’s where I also help a lot as well and with passed over and over once

Anthony Hartcher 30:02
I also think there’s a lot of new pet owners out there, that will be listening in because of the pandemic, you know, created a lot of loneliness and, and created a pet boom. So lots lot more dogs and cats, or owners of dogs and cats and so, in wrapping this up, I’d love for you to share some key tips for new pet owners as to how they can, you know, just create the best environment you know that bringing the pet into their family and making it so it’s harmony, as opposed to you know, a new member to the family and it’s our No, it’s you know, they’re not fitting in and you know, like, so it really came for you to share some tips as to how new pet owners can really hit the ground running, so to speak.

Kelly Mercieca 30:50
Yeah, and that is quite a big issue and then if they’re going back to work and leaving the animal alone, where they’ve had them all the time, the animal, it’s a big adjustment. So some great tips would be allowing for time for adjustment and knowing that that is normal, because and I guess the expectation not being too high, but getting doing dog training is very important. Like all dogs, even if they’re don’t matter what type of dog, they should all have some basic training because as they get older, I mean, it starts from a young age, but as they get older, and that’s when sometimes the problems get worse.

If we can do that in the beginning, always giving I guess, an animal, its own certain space as well. So it can go to that because it’s like us, we like our sort of safe place. So I think that’s really important for animals to have a place that they can go to feel safe, away from, from anything else and exercise, and if they can’t get exercise, then maybe finding somebody else that can do that for their animal, because that can eliminate because you know if they have a lot of energy that can eliminate issues.

Because obviously puppies and even kittens will be a bit mischievous. So I think expecting that they will be you know, with cats training, using like, maybe spray water bottles or something like that, to train them as well and, but also making time to spend one on one time with the animal each day, even if it’s five or 10 minutes like you can’t, it’s not fair to get an animal, and then not make time for it. So that’s a big responsibility. And just being able to do that, because that’s ultimately animals, it’s love that so time off your mobile phone, if you’re walking them Don’t be on your mobile phone, like be present with your animal and just spend that time with them.

Yeah, to training them and just being with them. I think that’s really important. If you’re not sure, you know, seek out a professional dog trainer, me as an animal communicator, or someone that can help before it gets really Yeah, out of control.

Anthony Hartcher 33:16
All those tips you’ve just provided are also applicable to us humans haven’t so, you know, I couldn’t relate to everything you said in terms of, first of all, allowing time for the adjustments.

So, yes, we’ve got, you know, people going back to work and so their routines been disturbed, and they got to create a new routine and the animal needs time for that adjustment as well as a human and as you said, time to exercise, you know, important for the animal so important for the human and then that thing of being present in what you do and I think that’s a key one because it’s, you know, often we can have people you know, together with presence or you know, physically present but emotionally and mentally not and that you know that so, you know, because people are on their devices, whereas, you know, you said Get off your device, you know, connect and be present with their person you’re with or animals so I think that everything you’ve just said is equally applicable to humans and it’s a great tip, I really like them.

Just had another thought I can’t forget about those owners that have had to say goodbye or, you know, that the days, you know, coming, where they’ll need to say goodbye to their peers and that can be heart breaking and heart breaking for the owner and obviously hard difficult time, you know, for the pit, you know, because they’re going through a life transition. So how do you help in that way with, you know, either animal that has just passed or animals that are going towards their end of life.

Kelly Mercieca 34:50
Okay, and as an animal communicator, this is some of my favourite work. I love all the work but yeah, being highly sensitive and being able to hold this space. So how I help is, it’s really what drives me a lot to do the work that I do. So with an animal that has passed over, I’m able to there’s a lot sometimes can be guilt, it didn’t go the way the owner sort of perceived it to go. So they need some closure and sometimes it can even be a year later, that they’ll come back.

There’s sort of no timeframe because I, you know, I can work with the photo and I will connect, obviously, with the spirit or the soul, how, however, you want to sort of explaining that of the animal, obviously, because they’re not in the physical body anymore, but, but our souls are eternal, and so, and often we can even have past lives with animals. So that’s going into like a lot more, but so once we have a connection with an animal, we are connected with them for life, just as we are with a person.

So that’s where I can support holding space for that person, sometimes just being able to talk to me in a session and get information from the animal is so healing. Like, I had an amazing client a few weeks ago, a gentleman and it was very rewarding and he felt so much better a week later because he just had some answers to questions that he wasn’t able to ask before his animal like his dog passed away.

That’s where I can add that kind of help with passed over animals and a lot of people want to know, are they in pain anymore, and things like that. So I can ask those questions. Because it is very, it’s very, it’s heart breaking and very traumatic and so animals transitioning where they may be early or with an illness, how I can help is giving, asking the animal, what would make them more comfortable, what are their favourite things.

So it would be like with a person, you know, if they’re nearing the end of days, like honouring what they would like. So it’s basically being able to ask that, then giving that to the client, and they’re able to do that, which is really great to be able to do that for the animal can also ask a pain level from the animal’s perspective. So I can inhale, the animal is feeling, so I can give the owner that and they can also use that information to make a decision with the vet about whether they may euthanize or they may wait longer.

That information is like, really helpful. So I love that I can do that, and yeah, just sometimes being there to listen to that owner, because sometimes people outside that they may know, around them or judging them, and everyone’s telling them do this, do this, do that and, and that can be really overwhelming for somebody, so I just hold space for them and they’re able then to have a clearer mind to be able to make a good decision rather than being bombarded with opinions and really that are not helpful. Yeah,

Anthony Hartcher 38:08
I can totally relate to what you’re saying, because, you know, personally, I’ve been in those situations as a kid growing up with pets, and, you know, discussions with the vets around, euthanizing them, and, you know, really upsetting times, and, you know, like, it’s, I think, really helpful for owners to know that you exist, because often it’s a hard decision for them to make, as to, you know, they get really emotionally attached to the animals and don’t want to let them go, and but you know, you, you’re able to check in with the animal and see if they’re ready to go in the paint too high, and they just want to allow the owner some freedom and to move on with their lives, you know, that the animal can certainly convey that back to you, and you could help the animal if the owner makes that decision, which is really helpful because it’s a tough decision to make.

Kelly Mercieca 38:59
It is so tough and obviously when it’s our own animal, and on the same, you know, I have animals too, and I have experienced or, you know, all of the things that I help my clients with, I’ve experienced them myself. So, you know, I know how it feels for them but being a professional, I’m there to hold space, so I can, you know, I have the tools to manage my emotions and be that, that that ear for the client and support and not have that emotional attachment to being able to.

Yeah, because obviously they do so I don’t have that in that situation. So being separate from that is great. It’s like when we go to any therapist or anyone for guidance when they don’t have that emotional attachment, although I’m empathetic. I’m not emotionally attached so I’m able to separate from that and give them the perspective without yeah yeah,

Anthony Hartcher 40:01
Yeah, but yeah, I think it’s fantastic that owners have that level of support from you and it’s, you know, very mutual, and you can just allow the communication to flow between the animal and the owner and the owner know exactly where their pit is in there in at that point in time, and same with respect to the animal, and so and so you’re essential, you know, convening that allowing that conversation to flow, and then the owner to make a more informed decision based on the animals, wishes and needs.

So I think it’s wonderful that you can do that. So I really appreciate your time today, Kelly, all the wisdom you’ve shared, and I’m sure that these listeners are, you know, thinking, well, I could probably do with getting some help with respect to your services. So how can they best connect with you, Kelly?

Kelly Mercieca 40:54
The best way, I mean, I am on social media, and I share a lot of information and reviews also on how I help animals because sometimes the best way for me to show what I can do is by how I’ve helped other people. So also, I have a website. So that would be the best way where people can find information, look at the different sessions and things that are offered, they can send me an email through there, or they can call me because sometimes people are not sure what session might be the best for them.

Kelly Mercia 41:31
So that way, I’m happy to always talk through and, you know, give subject suggestions, always asking what the client wants because obviously, I want to meet their needs, and that’s what it ultimately aims for and always putting the dog’s interest or the animals whichever it is a dog, cat work with all of them. Yeah, interest. Yeah, so that would be the best way to contact me.

Anthony Hartcher 41:56
I’ll put the links to your social media and website in the show notes so our listeners and viewers can go straight to the show notes and strike directly to those links to find you and your thanks again, Kelly. I really appreciate your time and the listeners. If you’ve liked the episode, please share it with others that you know whom it could benefit because we need to get the word out there that Kelly is around for, you know these owners that are distressed with their pets and going through some hard times around decision making.

Kelly is the person that can really help them through these difficult times and take the stress out of their lives. So it also helped with their overall well being and the families the family unit well being and the pets well being so everyone wins and yes, please share it with others to further get the word out there.

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