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As I am not an animal nor am I deceased I can only provide information about the other side and what it is like for our animal companions once they have physically passed, based upon my own experiences garnered through countless readings and my experiences with my own animals.

One constant that seems to remain unchanged is that our animals and our human loved ones reside in a space where they are able to interact with each other and simultaneously are capable of observing us.

The best way to describe the other side “heaven” or “across the rainbow bridge” is to imagine it as a parallel universe, one without “life” and “death” as we know it. It seems to be a more emotion driven world and less of a physically driven world.

While it may seem far off, it really appears to be right here, just vibrating at a different frequency.

One of the biggest challenges in describing the other side is that few if any have survived a trip over there and then returned to tell about it while physically present and how are we to really know if the individual is simply describing the other side or the edge of it. Kind of like describing a house after only entering the garage.

Often times I liken it to describing color to a blind individual who has never had the gift of sight, how would one describe a landscape to them with no real reference point.

In the interest of keeping this as factual as possible I will simply relate what I know to be true and accurate. I will leave the painting of the canvas to someone else and will focus on what I do know about the canvas it’s self.

When I first discovered my gifts as a psychic medium one of the first things that became clear to me was that while looking to connect with the spirits of departed family members, animals would frequently come through. I would not ask for them to come through, I was not trying to connect with animals in spirit, but frequently when connecting with a departed grandparent, parent or loved one, an animal would jump into the conversation.

It was not just a reference to an animal and a person in spirit showing me an animal connected to them, but rather another spirit – that of the departed animal. I clearly recall the first animal that I had come through during a reading. I was working in Benicia at a metaphysical book and gift store when two sisters came in for a reading. They elected to have their readings done separately and when I went to connect with the request the first woman had I saw a large black dog. I described the animal that I saw and the woman got excited, stood up and called her sister over saying that Shadow (a black lab who had passed a few years prior was coming through for her) the womans sister came over, sat down and I proceeded to channel my first departed animal.

For the next several months I would connect with animals that had deceased on a regular basis and then after seven months of providing readings I discovered that living animals can communicate telepathically as well, but that is another story.

Now days I frequently warn people that they should not be surprised if any and all animals that they are or have been connected to may attempt to connect during a reading.

This morning while chatting with a dog who is living I had another dog enter the conversation, a deceased dog, however they really do not feel any different from the living, unless they specifically tell me that they have passed and or I am shown what happened to them.

Imagine if you will that you are on your cell phone driving your car and you represent your spirit while the car represents your body, when you exit your vehicle and continue the conversation on your cell phone, you do not sound or feel any different, after all you are not your car anymore than we are our bodies.

Animals that have deceased are able to interact with our other animals who are deceased as well as our human loved ones in spirit. It does not matter if they never met in person. For example your grandfather who passed thirty years prior can interact with a dog who he never met in person and who has only been passed for a limited time.

Animals that remain with us physically are able to see and interact with those who have passed, however they will still mourn the loss of the physical presence even though they can connect with the departed animals spirit.

One of my favorite examples of this took place in Florida. I was in Vero Beach and while at a polo club and horse boarding facility I was asked to communicate with one of the horses. The question his person posed was “do you miss Cooper?” Having no idea who Cooper was I turned to the horse and asked him if he missed Cooper, he replied “no.” The woman seemed surprised and asked me how was it possible that he did not miss Cooper? Having no idea who Cooper was, I asked the horse to tell me who Cooper was and why he did not miss him – I thought he might be a trainer or something. The horse replied that Cooper was another horse who was four years old last year when he had passed due to cancer, and he remarked that since his passing he has not left my stall, so how can I miss him? To which the woman expressed surprise and delight that I was getting so much detail and she confirmed the answer.

Some of the most common questions I am asked are as follows:

Can my animals who are still here see my animals that have passed?

The answer is: Yes

Can my animal come back to me through reincarnation and spend another life with me?

Usually the answer is no, it seems that our past loved ones wish to remain in spirit until we are able to join them. This allows everything to come full circle so that closure may be had by all parties involved. In addition it seems that animals suffer from the same problem that we do with regard to recollection of past lives and therefore coming back to you would seem like a fresh start to them with little if any connection with the fact that they had recently spent a life with us.

Many times our past animals will however influence the behaviors of our new animals or ones that they left behind and we may catch little bits of their personality coming through in that fashion, similar to me channeling someone and using language and body language that they used to exhibit. In other words, it is possible for a new animal to channel the behaviors of an animal that has passed.

Frequently I am asked if the animals that have passed will be jealous of any new animals that are brought into the household.

What I hear is that your departed animals are happy when you are happy, and they do not want to deny another animal from the joy of living with you. This is especially true with animals that were adopted from shelters and rescued from bad situations.

Animals that have passed are capable of seeing, hearing and feeling anything and everything that we go through. One exercise that helps to confirm this is the following.

Go to a specific location or focus on a particular object and while focused on this object or activity, have a conversation with your animal that has passed. Ask for them to come to you and that you wish to tell them how much you love them … simply chat with them as though they were standing right in front of you.

Afterwords, contact myself or another reputable animal communicator and ask the communicator the following:

Recently I had a conversation with an animal of mine who has passed. I was at a specific location and focused on a particular object or activity while engaged in speaking to the spirit of my departed animal. To confirm that my animal heard me and was present, can you tell me where I was, what I was focused on and or what I was doing?

This is a powerful confirmation that our departed animals remain connected to us and aware of what we are doing and saying to them.

For example:

A gentleman recently took my advice and after our first reading (where I made contact with a departed dog) he went off some place and while engaged in a particular activity he spoke to his departed animal.

After a few days the gentleman contacted me and asked me where was he when he had spoken to the spirit of his departed animal and what was he doing?

The dog showed me a park like setting, a natural park, not a city park with landscaping that was directed by man but rather one that was allowed to be fairly natural. Then I saw the gentleman snapping pictures with his camera, and what really caught my eye was that he was photographing the clouds.

When I described the above to the gentleman he immediately teared up, as that was the confirmation that he was seeking. He had gone to a nearby nature preserve and while there he had been photographing the clouds while chatting with the spirit of his recently departed dog.

I am frequently asked “does my animal still hurt?” and as they leave the physical body behind, the spirit is pain-free. However they can experience emotional pain/ache and the more at peace we are with their passing the easier it is for them to be around us in spirit.

On the rare occasion that our actions result in the premature passing of an animal it is important to remember that it is the intent of our actions more than the outcome that matters.

For example:

You are worried about your animals health and take them into the vet, while there the vet tells you that your animal needs to have surgery. You authorize the surgery and then the unthinkable happens – your animal dies during the procedure.

Your animal will not hold that against you as you were acting in good faith and you were doing what you thought was the right thing to extend their life. The same goes for any accidents, giving the wrong medications, etc., what is truly important is what the intent was.

Sometimes people ask me if their moving away from the home that the animal was familiar with will cause them to stay behind in the old home or will they get lost trying to find my new home?

Once an animal passes they are as mobile as they wish to be and can cover vast distances with little or no effort. Connecting with you and should you have moved since their passing, your new home is not a challenge to them. They will not stay behind and haunt your old home.

 One difficult subject for many is knowing when the right time is to say goodbye to a loved one whose health is failing them.

My rule of thumb is as follows; if this animal were in the wild and with its own kind, would they be able to provide food, shelter and defend themselves as well as keeping up with the movements of their pack or chasing down their prey? If the answer is no, it is time to take a serious look at the reasons for continuing their physical life.

Animals do not fear death, they fear pain and suffering.

I welcome any and all questions on this subject and will do my very best to clarify and or answer any additional questions regarding animals that have passed and what it is like for them.

For more information about the author of this blog posting visit http://www.charlespeden.com/.

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Recently while working with a particularly difficult animal, it became apparent to me that my client had perhaps an unrealistic expectation when it came to what an animal communicator can and cannot do. This posting will address what you can expect and what you should not expect from a professional pet psychic, (animal communicator.)

Animal communicators are not a cure all, just as a therapist or counselor can communicate with the person having problems – it is dependent upon the party who needs help, accepting the help and communicating themselves. Just because we can talk with our children does not mean that they mind us, the same is true of our animal companions.

Most offending behaviors that animals display can be lumped into one of two categories. The first, acting out due to anger or frustration about their needs not being met. Secondly, a health problem that has not been properly identified and addressed. Sure, there are other reasons to act out, jealously, past trauma, a tension filled environment and other possible triggers, however the majority of “bad” behaviors often are triggered by the first two causes that were mentioned.

Let’s address the first one, your animals needs are not being met. Causes can include such issues as the following:

  1. Lack of stimulation, such as play time and outside time.
  2. A shortage of access to clean food and water.
  3. Improper grooming and or filthy living quarters.
  4. Too hot or too cold of an environment.
  5. Overloaded litter boxes.
  6. Strong smells in their environment.
  7. The introduction of additional animals and or family members which upset the balance of attention in the home.

Most of the above mentioned issues are fairly obvious and easy to rectify, however with the busy lives that us humans lead, sometimes our animal companions are accidently neglected. When an animal has a problem such as described above, they are limited in what they can do to get our attention. Frequently when an animal is upset, they will exhibit a “bad” behavior, such as tearing up furniture, urinating and defecating in unacceptable locations, barking uncontrollably or worse, becoming aggressive. Unfortunately us humans frequently address the problem behavior, without understanding the cause. When this approach is employed it only causes more frustration and potential anger and frustration in the animal, leading to the situation becoming worse.

The second major issue, undiagnosed health issues also can become a battle within the home. Consider the following issues and how difficult they may be for the animal to relay to us.

  1. Loss of hearing and or loss of sight.
  2. Toothache, difficulty eating and or loss of weight along with a irritable disposition.
  3. Muscle and or tendon damage, such as sprains, pulls and tears.
  4. Stomach ulcers, various cancers and other chronic conditions.
  5. Urinary infections, bladder stones, and such.
  6. Arthritis, and joint pain.
  7. Skin irritations.
  8. Allergies and food sensitivities.
  9. Mental issues, (dementia, chemical imbalances etc.)

With the above issues and many not listed, it may or may not be obvious to us as to what the problem is. In the case of a urinary infection, the animal may begin urinating outside of the litter box which could also indicate that the animal is upset with us over a need not being met. In the case of a urinary infection, we are lucky in that it is easy to diagnose by either ourselves or with a quick trip to the vet, and treatment is fairly straightforward. With such an issue as stomach ulcers, various cancers, as well as muscular and or neurological conditions, and so forth, diagnoses may be a bit more problematic. This is when a battery of tests is often embarked upon, frequently with each test costing more than the last one and all in an effort to pinpoint the cause of the problems being exhibited, by the process of elimination.

If your animal has a condition that is difficult to identify and is causing either you or the animal great difficulties either mentally or physically, and you are going through test after test or being presented a whole litany of tests and paths to follow by your animals medical care provider, a reputable animal communicator may be very beneficial in that they can help to pinpoint what tests should be performed. That being said, I would like to point out several things with regard to animal communicators, but first I would like to provide a definition of what an animal communicator or pet psychic is, as some of them call themselves.

Essentially an animal communicator is one who claims the following:

  1. That they have the ability to communicate with your animals.
  2. That the communication will be received via telepathy and that the animal need not be present.
  3. That this communication will be very detailed and include specific details that only you and your animal would know.
  4. That the communication can take place over any distance.
  5. That the communication with your animal is not dependent upon them being living, in that they can speak with those who have passed, as well as the living.

As a former skeptic of such abilities, I will outline how one can easily provide a convincing reading that is completely fraudulent with only a few pieces of information to go on.

  • Too often I am asked if I need to see a photograph of the animal that they wish to communicate with. If you claim to be able to communicate with the animal telepathically, why do you need a picture?
  • With a photograph the “animal communicator” now knows the physical appearance of the animal and clues to their age. Perhaps there is additional information about you and or the animal contained within the photo, such as a gathering with family or your animal’s sleeping quarters, toys etc.
  • Many “pet psychics” request the age of your animal and perhaps even their birthdate.
  • With knowledge of the breed, it is pretty easy to simply provide details that are consistent with qualities and or issues associated with that particular type of animal. Of course, once again, if you can talk telepathically with animals, why do you need to ask the animals age, when they can simply tell you how old they are.
  • Some “animal communicators” will even ask for details regarding the animal and it’s health. Once again, why provide details, when this person claims to communicate with animals, many are well intentioned, yet are hacks at it.
  • Simply being able to recognize or hear a language does not make us literate and or fluent in it.

With one possessing the name, age, physical description and or breed, perhaps even details regarding medical history and often times much more, it is easy to reinforce some common issues with the particular breed and situation as well as providing flattery regarding you and your animal – after all who would not want to hear pleasing platitudes regarding their animal, provided that it is the truth of course. How does one know if what the animal communicator is saying is genuine? After all with the wealth of information you provided, “in order to establish a connection” as so many animal communicators/pet psychics claim, how does one know what to believe and what not to believe?

I suggest applying the following to your search for a reputable animal communicator/pet psychic:

  • Do not provide details regarding your animal/s and or situation in your initial contact with a prospective animal communicator. Instead one should simply state their purpose for contact, such as wishing to contact a living animal and one that has passed as well. Please don’t include their breeds, ages, pictures or anything else in your email or phone call.
  • Once you have an appointment set up, resist the urge to send pictures to the animal communicator – we all love our fur babies, but the photos are not needed and can only hurt the opportunity to receive a quality reading. Also hold back on providing back story, or anything else for that matter. Instead you should sit down and write down the names of those you wish to contact, living and or deceased and then write down your questions for them. The further in advance that you do this, the easier the reading is. Writing down your questions in advance provides the animals an opportunity to formulate well thought out responses to your questions.

What to expect during a reading:

  1. At the start of the reading, do not volunteer information, simply state your primary objective and the name and species of the animal you wish to connect with. While the name is required, the species is not – it simply makes it much easier for the animal communicator to establish a connection as quickly as possible.
  2. Within a very short period of time, usually seconds, a description should begin coming through. Details to expect would be among the following:
  3. Physical appearance, such as  size, coloring, type of coat and in some cases the name of the breed.
  4. Frequently unusual markings, scars, past injuries, if passed – the way they passed, or what claimed their life will come through.
  5. Favorite toys, games, foods, treats, activities, memories and more will very often come through.
  6. Your animals age, (bearing in mind that the gestation period counts towards overall age) perhaps even specific ages or dates in respect to you and your relationship with the animal, such as how long they have lived with you.
  7. Bear in mind that not all animals communicate the same, just as not all humans have the ability to sing well.
  8. With a good connection, the communication should be very “conversational” and not in the least bit cryptic.
  9. If your animal has passed, it is very common for something that has happened recently to you since their passing being brought up, frequently even details from earlier during the day you receive the reading will be brought forth.
  10. Occasionally details that you are unable to confirm right away will come through, simply make a note of them and later they will either come to pass or make sense to you.

Additional details to consider regarding the relationship between your animal, yourself and the animal communicator:

  • The animal knows what their person is doing – your animals are dialed into you nearly 24/7 on a telepathic level. This applies to those in spirit as well.
  • If an animal’s person has contacted an animal communicator, trust me – the animal is all ears. Your animal companions are listening, responding to your inquires and or comments is up to them.
  • So much of telepathic communication is dependent upon what the intent is, so when the animal and the pet psychic look to connect the connection is usually secured within seconds. This takes place with the animal in the same room as the animal communicator, or over vast distances such as thousands of miles away.
  • The animal does not need to be present with their person.
  • The animal must be awake, if the animal has passed, they no longer sleep and therefore we do not have to worry about if they are awake or not.

Is it possible that there will be times when your animal will not communicate?

The answer is a simple yes, for many reasons they may not respond, including but not limited to the following:

  1. If the relationship between the two of you was not very good, they may hold a grudge and not respond – though they can still hear you.
  2. If the animal is asleep they will usually not connect.
  3. When distracted by a demanding environment, such as outrunning a predator, it is possible that they will be too busy to connect.
  4. Animals, like us tend to focus on what is physically in front of them and when in unfamiliar environments they tend to be distracted easily.
  5. Animals that have passed tend to be very easy to connect with, and frequently their communication is improved upon their passing (in several instances where I have communicated with the animal well before passing and some time after passing.) The exception occasionally seems to be roughly a two week window following their passing, free of their physical restrictions and able to reunite with loved ones in spirit, they may take off for a while. Also on occasion they are still “getting their bearings” and after a few days or so will be in a much better position to communicate.

Most of the time your animal will communicate readily, in detail with a reputable animal communicator. There are of course exceptions to the rule, and hopefully there is now a greater understanding of what to expect and what not to expect when consulting an animal communicator/pet psychic.

A few additional words of wisdom:

  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors are difficult to correct and while an animal communicator may help, there certainly is no guarantee. On the other hand if you need to check in with your animal and find out how they feel about your bringing another animal into the home or end of life questions and such, an good animal communicator is nearly guaranteed to bring forward meaningful answers.
  • In my experience the best animal communicators/pet psychics do not avoid missing and or lost animal cases and will readily take them on.
  • During the first part of the reading you should ask “control” questions. These are questions that are designed to confirm a connection to the animal that you wish to connect with. Early on it is best to ask questions of a simply yes or no nature in their reply. This is very important when doing a reading in person and the animal is either present, or a photograph and or description has already been provided. Remember, the best pet psychics do not require a photograph in order to secure a telepathic connection with your animal.
  • The more time that is spent with the animal, frequently the better the communication becomes and often times you will find that absolutely any questions are fair game, regardless of the type of response required.
  • Never consult with an animal communicator or pet psychic who does not offer refunds for a failure to connect and bear in mind that more expensive, does not always mean better.
  • Most importantly remember that a reputable animal communicator  is relay messages from your animals to you.
  • Your animal communicator most likely is not a trained behaviorist, doctor, trainer or vet. An animal communicator is simply a translator and advisor, by utilizing their gifts you can experience a stronger bond, connection and a deeper level of understanding and respect.
  • If for some reason your animal points you in the wrong direction or simply says something to get you off their back, remember that they most likely learned such behaviors from you. One unusual phenomena that occurs in a few older female dogs that have older women for their caretakers is that frequently the dogs will fudge on their age by a few years, kind of like you saying that you are still celebrating your 39th birthday, for the 5th time.

Charles Peden has been featured in numerous publications, heard on several radio stations and featured on TV. Recently while tuning into NPR you may have hear him on “On Point” you may have seen him briefly on Nightline or featured on the front page of the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper and it’s sister publication, the midweek Gold Mine.

Upcoming events include a speaking engagement at the Plymouth – Foothills Rotary Club and an appearance at this years annual fundraiser for the North Bay Humane Society, called Barkitecture, come see him at the Voter Preview Party – his fourth year in a row providing his services to the North Bay Humane Society, formally the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society.

To learn more about the author of this posting, visit www.charlespeden.com and while there check out the “testimonials” page as well as the “media” page where you can listen to him channeling living and deceased animals while in the studios of various radio stations.

 

During a recent radio show appearance the subject of how do you find a good animal communicator came up. Something that I noticed while reviewing the web sites of others who claim to be able to communicate with animals was that a number of them had “red flags” (in my opinion) regarding their actual abilities and what they claim to do.

Let’s discuss these “red flags” and how they are perceived as such.

  1. The individual offers animal communication services, yet does not take on cases involving lost or missing animals.
  2. The “animal communicator” requests a photo or description of your animal and may inquire to the animals age.
  3. The “animal communicator” can only work with animals.

1.) This is something that I simply do not understand, if you are able to communicate with animals telepathically why would you avoid these types of readings? I think that it is for the following reasons.

  • A reading for a lost/missing animal is very results oriented, and simple platitudes and observations concerning the animal will not satisfy the client. If the “animal communicator” is unsure of their abilities, they may stay away from these cases.
  • I simply do not “buy” that these people are simply avoiding working these cases because they are too difficult or draining, if you truly can talk with animals why would you not want to help bring an animal back home?

2.) Why would one who can communicate with animals require a description or photograph in order to make a connection?

  • When I am asked to make a connection all I ask for is the name of the animal that we are looking to connect with, if you can talk to the animal, they can describe their appearance.
  • I consider my ability to describe the animal with only a name to work on as proof that I can connect, in addition many breeds have breed specific issues and once the “animal communicator” knows what breed they are working with as well as the age, they can “spin” the rest of the session by offering up material that is specific to the breed you have and based upon the age that you tell them.
  • One of my strongest ways of proving a connection is not only can I describe your animals to you, they will also tell me their ages, why would an “animal communicator” need to know the animals age in advance … unless they are not able to do what they claim to do.
  • I will allow that there are some who are legitimate and yet they continue to ask for photo’s, descriptions and ages of the animals they are being asked to connect with. I challenge those who do this to step away from such crutches and rely upon your abilities … provided that you can do what you claim to do.

3.) News flash … if you can communicate with animals telepathically, you can communicate with all spirits.

  • This is something that really irks me … why do some people claim to only channel one entity or “great spirit” in my experience, if you are capable of talking with an animal you can talk with spirits and if you can talk with spirits, you can talk with all of them, not just one.

I actually ran across one site where there was a disclaimer that read something to the effect of: If I am having an “off” day I may not be able to read for you since I need to be 100% in order to do what I do. I will know within a minute or two of our session starting as to if I am able to work with you or not, should I pull the plug, I will suggest other animal communicators to you to try.

What a load of “horses**t” I read that to mean … If I cannot fool you and I feel like I am being challenged, I will pull the plug.

I have had my off days … we all have but let me be frank with you. Even when I am sick I can channel, even after taking narcotics for pain I can channel (don’t ask … but trust me it still works) even after drinking I can channel, (once again don’t ask) even if I have had no sleep I can channel. When you can talk with animals and spirits and you do it daily or at least weekly … it becomes very “conversational” in that it really does not take any more effort than talking with your friends or loved ones, sure you may feel a bit under the weather, but you can still carry on a conversation.

In closing … use caution when booking an animal communicator, (pet psychic) and remember that I am here to assist you should you wish to connect with your animals.

Thank you,

-Charles Peden

www.charlespeden.com

Florida was fun, busy … but enjoyable. The night before leaving Vero Beach I checked on my flight status and even though over 750 flights had been canceled earlier that day … it looked as though my flight was on schedule. I had arranged for a ride to the airport and was on my way by a little after 8:45 that morning. I had a bit of a delay in Orlando when going through airport security … apparently sand in a zip lock baggie raises eyebrows. After security checked to make sure that the sand was not from Columbia … I was allowed to pass through security.

Chicago Skyline

Orlando has a large airport and while there I checked out the shops. In one of the shops I purchased several t-shirts with Orlando themes for the girls back home. After boarding my flight to Chicago, the captain of the flight announced over the intercom that we were going to be expecting a rough flight and that due to a very active jet stream sweeping across the country, that we would be flying lower than normal. As it turned out our pilot was outstanding and the turbulence was kept to a minimum. During the flight we watched “The Invention of Lying” and after the movie was over I turned to the passenger sitting next to me and told him that I did what Ricky claimed to do in the movie … talk to people about the afterlife and communicate with the other side. The rest of the flight went by very quickly as we chatted about my abilities.

It had stopped snowing for several hours by the time we got in to Chicago and my flight landed on time and with no bumps or bruises. At the baggage claim I had to wait for quite some time before my bags began to arrive from my flight and after finally recovering my bags, I was met by a limo and my contact in Chicago. I am pretty sure that our limo driver had never heard a conversation quite like the one that my contact and I, on the ride to where I was staying, engaged in. After arriving at the home I would be staying at for the next several days, I “checked in” and then we went out for dinner.

Italian food is one of my weaknesses, I enjoy good ravioli, gnocchi and just about anything that comes out of an Italian kitchen (provided that it is vegetarian.) I have a few things to say when it comes to food. The first is that when busy I will simply eat anything fast and hopefully healthy … I drink protein drinks like Odowalla and eat things that are convenient. If I will be on camera or working with the public I am careful to avoid foods that get stuck in your teeth and or which might become part of your wardrobe. On the other hand I also love food and fine dining along with a quality glass of wine. Sometimes meals should be an event, not simply a refueling pit stop but rather a destination where the process of refueling is just as important as being recharged. I ordered the three cheese raviolis and a plate of gnocchi which we split as well as a salad. As I was enjoying my food and my glass of vino, I could not help but overhear the conversation taking place in the booth next to ours.

A family was eating next to us and the grandfather was telling his grandchildren how several rock stars had died via drugs … alcohol and through other means such as plane crashes. At one point I tapped the woman whose father was telling his grandkids about these musicians who had passed and I tapped her on the shoulder and quietly mentioned to her that should she ever want to contact the people her father was talking about … that I could do it. I passed my card to her and when she tried to give it back I simply let her keep it and then went back to my dinner. I also had fun with the waiters. I had been ribbing one about how I was from California and the day I fly into Chicago they had an early morning earthquake.

Old man from "UP"At one point, one of the waiters asked what I was doing, was I flying for business or pleasure. I told him that I was on business. He made the mistake of asking what type of business and then I told him that I spoke to the dead and to both living and deceased animals. He thought I was joking or that I worked with the coroners office. I offered my card and he seemed both taken aback and a bit frightened … perhaps he had something to hide.
The Farside Cartoon

One sight that will never leave me is the caricatures that were sitting not too far away from us. A few tables over there was an older woman who had her white hair up in a bun and had on a garish purple and red outfit with pearls, she had on granny glasses, was a bit overweight and hunched over a bit. She looked just like the lady in the “Far side” cartoons. Her husband was incredible … he looked just like the old man character in “Up.” I tried to snap a photo, but the lighting was poor and I did not want to violate their privacy. After dinner we returned to the home I was staying at and I settled in for my first night in Chicago.

The next morning I awoke to a brilliant sun beaming down on the fresh snow … a beautiful sight, one to enjoy briefly and then return to warmer climes. After a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee, we headed out to my first appointment. It was an in person reading with three cats for one of my contacts clients. One of the questions was regarding the problem that one of the cats was having with his nerves. This poor cat was scared silly by just about anything. As I chatted with the cat, he told me how sensitive his hearing was. He told me that he missed his old home where it was quiet. The cat then showed me the sound of large dumpsters being emptied into a garbage truck and the huge boom of the dumpsters being dropped back on the ground after being emptied. As it turns out this is a thing that they deal with every morning and the cats food dishes are near the window that is right over the alley where the dumpsters are. We agreed to move the food dishes to a quieter location and to avoid moving too quickly through the home, the man of the house frightened the cat with his big strides and fast movements, the cat did not want to get crushed under foot.

After the reading was over we went on to the next in person private reading which was located at a home furnishings boutique. During the reading the owner asked to connect with one of her former employees. The woman came through and began talking to me about a crystal lamp. It was a Tiffany lamp that she owned and that the owner had put up for sale, the woman said that if the owner liked her so much, that she should keep the lamp and not sell it as it was her last physical connection with her. Several other spirits came through and afterwards I selected a sculpture that I liked to bring home for my wife, Heidi.

After the two readings in the morning we stopped in at Whole Foods and I made a discovery http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/ a chocolate bar with chilies and cinnamon infused into

Vosges Chocolate

it along with several other gourmet chocolate bars with rare and exotic flavors caught my attention and I picked them up. We returned home and after eating lunch I did several additional readings on the phone. After my readings on the phone were completed we went back out and I did another private in home reading. During the reading I was working with relationship issues and I kept telling the woman that she had to remember that she was not alone and that her ancestors were there for her. After the time ran out, I got up to go when the spirit of her grandmother came up to me and tapped me very hard on the shoulder. I then asked the spirit coming through as to how they knew the woman who I was with. The spirit told me that she was a female, older, and that she was on the woman’s father’s side and that she was her grandmother. The woman confirmed that it was her grandmother coming through. A few more details were added to remind her that she was with her and not to be distraught.

That evening we had a dinner party near downtown Chicago scheduled. It was at my hosts daughters place that she was sharing with several college flat-mates. I drove into the city and was treated to gridlock traffic on the way in, once arriving I found a nice parking spot in snow several inches deep on the side of the street. I did discover a love of heated seats in vehicles while in Chicago and I also found gloves to be indispensable. We went up stairs and found the place to be spacious and rather nice … if you were a college student. There were several house-mates and a few friends present and after we had opened up some wine we started to chat a bit. After a bit I was asked if I could chat with the animals that were present. There were two reptiles in the flat, a Bearded Dragon and a Rainbow Boa.

With no prior knowledge of the animals and having never studied either species I walked over to the tellurium that the Bearded Dragon was in I asked if she was male or female, and she said “female.” I then asked how old she was, she told me “five.” I turned and told the reptiles person that she was definitely a girl and that she was five years old. After everyone had retrieved their jaws from the floor, I continued to converse with the Bearded Dragon. After an in depth conversation, I moved on to the Rainbow Boa.

The next day I was scheduled to appear at a local bar and grill that also had live music and other acts, for private readings in the evening. I ended up sleeping in and getting some much needed rest after having had almost no down time since my journey had begun. Prior to getting ready for the evening I sat down to watch some music videos via Comcast On Demand. The video I was looking for was the Black Eyed Peas, “I Got a Feeling.” After watching it I was drawn to a Tupac video and was told that I should watch it. I then connected with Tupac and was not entirely sure why he had come by. I have met his spirit several times and this time he simply said that I would know why he came by … later.

After watching the music videos, I dressed for the evening. As I was going to be “entertaining” this evening, I got dressed up with a fedora, black wool coat, black dress pants and black leather gloves with a black vest, purple shirt and black tie. I also had a black and white scarf and black leather shoes. Feeling as sharp as a Chicago “Wiseguy” and ready to “entertain” we headed out for the evening’s activities. Just prior to leaving though I thought about lightening my wallet. I had five $100 bills on me and thought that if the unthinkable happened, and someone tried to mug me, that if I left my larger bills at the place I was staying, that it would be safer. I had no intention of spending them and had no reason to carry them. For some reason though … I left them in my wallet as I felt that I had to carry them with me.

After arriving at our location we parked and went in early to enjoy a bit of dinner prior to the evening getting underway. I saw the signup sheet and was surprised to see that the six or so individuals who had signed up in advance all had their names crossed off. We met the owner and he informed us that everyone who had signed up in advance, had canceled one by one over the course of the last few days. Since I did not “need” to “work” I figured I would sit down and simply enjoy the evening. As it turned out it was a few spirits who were associated with the owner of the place who had prompted the clearing of the sign up sheet. With all the cancelations I was able to spend the evening with the owners of the place and it was most enjoyable.

While enjoying a glass of wine and a plate of raviolis, I fielded their questions, shared stories and insights and channeled various loved ones. At one point the owners wife shared a story regarding her mother. Her friends mother had made a deal with her daughter that she would show her dimes after she passed. Upon hearing this, the woman decided that she would do a bit better with her mother and so prior to her mothers passing, she requested $100 dollar bills, since if dimes were possible, why not c-notes? She told me that while cleaning out her mothers dresser she found a one hundred dollar bill, another one arrived in the mail from a distant relative, who sends cash in the mail these days? and $100 dollar bills, not often. So she asks me, “Why doesn’t she send me more if those two were from her?” I replied that it was simply due to the law of “supply and demand.”

Before I could move on to another topic I was told to open up my wallet and pull out the $100 dollar bills in my pocket. Her mothers spirit asked me to toss them on the table in front of her daughter. I dropped them in front of her, I told her that she could look at them, but not have them. After she chuckled and told me that was “just like her mother” I scooped them back up and put them back in my wallet. A bit later a blues band came in and after enjoying them for a few minutes we retired for the evening.

More about my visit to Chicago in upcoming posts …

Florida was proving to be a lot of fun and busy. The prior day, my first full day in Florida had begun early and ended late, so late in fact that when I got in the night before, my hosts had already turned in for the evening. After showering, eating a bowl of cereal and enjoying a cup of Peet’s coffee it was time to head out, but there was one more thing I had to do before I could head out for the day. I told my host about my wife and her sand story, my host informed me that just five minutes and I would be walking onto the beach. I had a few minutes before my first client of the day showed up and so I took a walk through the neighborhood and down to the beach, eight houses away.

It was a brilliant morning with the sun already warming the air and the sand. I took out my cell phone and made a video clip of the walk to the beach and then sent it to my wife who was asleep at home in California. I then took out a plastic zip-lock baggie and filled it with sand while filming the whole thing with my phone. I then sent the clip of me collecting the sand to my wife. Mission accomplished, now I could return to focusing on chatting with animals and those who had already passed on to the other side.

After returning to the home I was staying at, my first appointment of the day pulled up and we drove to where she is boarding her horse. After driving for about fifteen minutes, we pulled up to some polo fields and a very spacious horse boarding and riding facility. After we parked, we walked up to the stalls and she introduced me to her horse. Though he is not named Trigger, that’s what I will call him for this story. His person (we will call her Joan) had a few questions for Trigger. Her first question was regarding an individual by the name of “Cory” (once again not his real name.) Joan asked me if Trigger missed Cory. The first thing that I thought was that she was referring to another human, however Trigger immediately told me that he did not miss Cory, because Cory was with him nearly all the time. I then asked Trigger who Cory was, he told me that Cory was an eight year old horse who had passed and that he did not miss him because his spirit was with him. I relayed the information to Joan, she was shocked at how easily I had answered the question and with how detailed the response was. Pretty soon we had covered nearly all of her questions as well as taking in comments from Trigger.

With time left over before my next engagement, Joan asked one of the staff at the boarding facility, if they would like to use my services … the employee said yes and I connected with her horse who was in all places … NC, where I had just been. After channeling the staff members horse, another person who boards her horse at the facility was asked if she wanted me to communicate with her horse. She walked off shaking her head and made it clear that she thought that it was rubbish. However after watching the reactions of those who I was connecting with, she had a change of heart and asked me if I could chat with her horse too.

We walked around a bit and then walked up to meet her horse. He was a bit nippy and when I asked if he liked the facilities he nearly yelled at me that he was not happy. A bit taken aback, as every other horse had told me what a wonderful place it was, I dug deeper and asked him why he did not like it. He told me that he wanted his own barn and his own person. He told me that too many people handled him and that he wanted to be handled by only one person. I relayed the information back to the woman whose horse it was and she then confirmed his attitude. The horse was a former racehorse and he had at one time been blessed with his own personal trainer who would sleep near him and he was given a great deal of individual attention. Now he was being handled by the various staff at the facility and to make matters worse, his new person … handled other horses and not just him. We worked it out to where she would be the one to handle him and that she would limit or cut out the handling of the other horses at the boarding facility. After finishing up we drove though the polo fields (where Prince Charles used to play polo) and headed over to the Humane Society.

We arrived at the Vero Beach/Indian River County Humane Society about an hour early and my contact met me with a request to do a walkthrough of their facility so that I may have an opportunity to try and work with some of their more difficult to read animals. After spending about forty minutes with various animals at the shelter and recording my observations and communications to the staff that had been assigned to accompany me, I returned to the classroom where I was going to be giving my talk and demonstration of animal communication through telepathy. To me pet psychic is a very limiting term, when you consider that I can communicate with all species both wild and domestic, the term animal communicator makes far more sense.

Before I went on, the Humane Societies director of continuing education showed the audience (of roughly 60+) a short PSA spot that was set to air on local television stations in the upcoming weeks. The PSA was aimed at delivering the message that your animals will still retain their personalities after being spayed or neutered. The spot featured a cat dressed up like a carnival psychic complete with turban and crystal ball. The cat is telling other animals that he can see into the future, after they have been “fixed” and she still sees them being the same. It was pretty cute, funny and well timed. After the television spot had been shown, I was introduced and then it got real interesting.

I wanted to keep everything focused on our animals and how I became aware of my ability to communicate with living and deceased animals. Near the end of my “lecture” I planned to coach people on how they too can communicate like I do with animals and then I wanted to finish off my two hour appearance by channeling animals connected to those in the audience for the last hour. At one point during the Q&A portion of my talk I was asked a question I was hoping to avoid, make that two questions. A person in the audience asked if I could also communicate with the souls of departed humans, I looked to my contact at the Humane Society and thought I saw a gentle nod, as if to go ahead and answer the question. I then replied that “Yes” I can and that was how it really all began for me. Immediately a few additional hands went up, one of them publicly proclaimed that he too had connected with the spirits of loved ones who had passed and that until now he was too shy to say anything about it. A few others in the room echoed his sentiments and I felt that for some there it was a very powerful and cathartic moment. Then the second question … now I have been able to somehow avoid this question for about three years and oddly enough I was hit with it twice in the same day while in Florida.

The question was “Why does my dog eat cat poop?” I should point out that I can hear, feel, see, smell and taste information on a psychic level. I once had an owl describe the odor and flavor of frozen and then thawed in the microwave mouse followed by the flavor, smell and texture of a live mouse in comparison. I must say that after that experience, should the occasion ever arise where I have to choose between the frozen and thawed mouse versus the live mouse for dinner, it is very clear that the live mouse is better on every front. Frozen and microwaved mouse is to put it bluntly … an abomination, absolutely the worst thing I had every had the displeasure of tasting … until now. Let’s just say that I received a mixed reply to this question, some dogs seemed to indicate it was a territorial thing. If you eat the markings that one uses to mark their territory, it than becomes yours when you replace the cat’s poop with yours … it’s almost the ultimate insult to have your marking wrapped in the poop of another (often larger) animal. It’s like you just got punked. In addition some dogs indicated that it was a source of additional nutrients and that as natural scavengers who pretty much are willing to eat anything, they simply feel that there may still be a bit of nutrition left in whatever is left in the droppings in front of them.

After finishing the question and answer portion of my appearance, we took a short break and then we got started on the good stuff. I absolutely love what I do and working with a room full of people eager to connect with their animals was a treat. As I began I figured that instead of simply opening up to the animals who wanted to come through first, that I would call on the people one by one to let me know the name of the animal that they wished to connect with. I started with the woman on my left in the front row. She immediately unfolded a picture of her black cat, I then reminded everyone that I did not require a photograph and to please refrain from showing pictures to me … at least until after I had made the connection and described their animal back to them based upon a name alone. After connecting with the woman’s black cat I continued on down the front row of people, this time they did not volunteer photos and or descriptions of their animals as I made the connections and described their animals to them you could hear the occasional gasp from the audience.

After going through the entire first row I realized that as compelling as the technique that I was employing was, there was one major drawback. There were simply too many people present for me to be able to work with each person before I ran out of time, so I turned to the audience and asked if at that point everyone believed that I could talk to animals. I was pleased to hear a rousing “Yes!” from the audience and then I rolled out my new plan. Having to describe the animal back to the person, to prove my connection was eating up time so I simply asked the animal that they wanted me to connect with, the question that they had for them and went from there. This process was much quicker and I would spend less than thirty seconds going from one connection to the next. If it took me longer to connect I would simply pass on that person and move on to the next in line. I only had to skip about two individuals and everyone else was able to make a connection accept for a handful at the back of the room when I ran out of time.

One of the staff had offered to give me a ride to my next venue, the Inspired Heart where I had done a group reading and a handful of private readings the night before and now I was scheduled to return for a series of private individual readings. As I was walking out of the classroom at the Humane Society, I was “mobbed” by people who wanted me to connect with another animal for them or who simply wanted me to chat with them and answer additional questions etc., frankly I was tired from channeling and speaking and with going back on in an hour I needed some downtime. I ducked into a side office and asked the staff if I could “hideout” in their office for a minute. After everyone had left the room I finally exited, found my ride and we headed over to the Inspired Heart.

With twenty minutes before I was on again, I popped into a nearby deli, picked up a veggie-wrap and a bottle of water as well as a bottle of grapefruit juice, I was after all in Florida. I returned to the room where I had worked the night before and after taking off my shoes I sat down in front of the 1,700 pound crystal point to eat a quick bite before my first reading of the evening. A couple from the previous evening entered at one point and as they sat down I turned to the gentleman and asked him how he had slept the night before. I have never opened with that question before, it turns out that he was here for help with his lack of sleep. During the night he would toss and turn and have the worst pain in his head and neck. After “looking” at his body with my abilities I could see that he had two damaged vertebrae I could also see everything that he had done up until this point to try and alleviate the pain and discomfort. After pointing him in the direction of some options to assist him in returning to a pain free existence, we moved on to other areas of their lives and was able to provide much closure and understanding.

In one of the readings I had the ex-husband of the woman who was sitting with her current husband come through. The former husband had been passed for some time and was coming through to let the gentleman who was now with his wife know that not only did he approve, but that he genuinely liked the guy. He relayed to him how much it meant to him that he was able to bring happiness to his former wife. After several additional readings I was finally done with my work in Vero Beach.

My contact in Vero Beach and I then headed out to dinner at one of several fine eating establishments and enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner. The following morning I had to take a shuttle service to Orlando and catch a flight to Chicago. After watching seven-hundred and fifty flights get canceled at Chicago I was a bit concerned about my flight the following morning. I packed that evening after checking in with my guides, they told me I would be in Chicago on schedule and so I figured that I would plan on going in the morning even if it looked sketchy. The next morning I was packed and ready to roll by eight forty-five and after checking the flights online, discovered that my flight was on time. The ride to the airport was fun as I had the opportunity to share my story with the driver and so the time flew. I positioned my heavy jacket, gloves and the like at the ready and boarded the plane for Chicago. Before leaving Florida though … I stopped at one of the gift shops in the airport and purchased shirts for the girls back home.

More about my adventures on the road can be found in my next blog entry … Chicago, the Windy City. To learn more about psychic medium and animal communicator Charles Peden, visit www.charlespeden.com.

Several months back I was invited to headline a fundraiser for the Robeson County Humane Society in Lumberton, North Carolina. I agreed to donate my time and services for a worthy cause if they would be so kind as to put me up while in town and cover my airfare. They agreed to the arrangement and I went about putting a poster together for the event and then I sent out a few emails.

An evening with Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator Charles Peden - Robeson County Humane Society Fundraiser 020510

Robeson County Humane Society Fundraiser poster featuring Charles Peden Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator


As I was going to be traveling all the way to the East Coast I figured I could stop by some other locations not too far from where I was going to be and if it worked out that some events were to be arranged, I just might add them to the trip itinerary.

Two individuals, both connected to sea glass and to the same suburb of Chicago stepped forward and informed me that they had some ideas of what they could arrange for me if I was to add them as a stop on my trip. The first was Vero Beach, Florida and the second was Wilmette, Illinois, right near Chicago.

For this note I will concentrate on the North Carolina portion of the trip with the other two states to follow in subsequent posts.

Robeson County Humane Society Fundraiser Banner. An evening with psychic medium & animal communicator, Charles Peden.

My contact from the Robeson County Humane Society met me at the airport in Raleigh and while we drove to the town of Lumberton which was about an hour and forty-five minutes away … I channeled one of her ancestors. That evening I was treated to Chinese takeout and fine red wine from Napa Valley. A few others from the Humane Society had come over for dinner and I enjoyed answering their questions about what I do and how I got started. I seem to recall channeling an animal or two, but nothing significant took place as far as I can recall.

It is only fair to note here that while the Southern hospitality was warm and welcome, the weather was downright cold and blustery with snow on the ground. The following morning after I arrived, we headed over to the shelter and I chatted with a dog that was being adopted out to his forever home.

The dog was wonderful and seemed to be very excited about going to his new home. I asked the dog if the new home was to his liking and I connected with the other two dogs that already lived at this home. The existing dogs told me that they were looking forward to their new playmate joining them. Sure enough later that day the gentleman who had adopted the dog sent a video from his home of all three dogs playing together and having a ball with each other.

While at the shelter I also did a walk through and asked the dogs various questions about their likes, dislikes and health. I forwarded my notes to the personnel present so that they may have additional insights provided regarding the various animals in their care at the time.

I must say that if you are able to donate and would like to help out a shelter that is in dire need of funding, look no further than the Robeson County Humane Society in Lumberton, NC … they do wonderful work and really could use a new roof among other things. While there in the shelter, I found myself dodging raindrops and buckets in the halls and offices of the shelter, their roof is full of holes and they need some dog beds badly to keep the canines off of the cold cement.

That evening was the fundraiser at Pembrook College. We returned to my hosts home and after a quick snack we got dressed and left for the college. The rain was coming down in sheets and it was quite windy. There were two other events taking place that evening … we did not expect a large turnout and were pleasantly surprised to see a few more people filter into the room than I had feared would show up.

The evening started with dinner, chicken breast on a bed of rice with cooked carrots and rolls. A small salad and some kind of cake/brownie like desert item. There was plenty of sweet tea and I requested water and that my plate would be served vegetarian, with the chicken breast omitted. Dinner was enjoyable and I took a photograph of my plate with the cooked carrots on it and sent the picture to my wife Heidi. You see, she dislikes cooked carrots very much and I was trying to let her know that she was not forgotten. lol

After eating a quick slideshow was shown about the shelter and the work they do and then the President of the Robeson County chapter of the Humane Society gave me a wonderful introduction. Once he had introduced me, I took the stage and after playing with the mic for a bit realized that I could easily work without it, provided that I projected my voice well enough.

I spoke for about thirty minutes regarding how I had come to work with my unique abilities and shared a few stories and insights from animals in general. For the next half hour I fielded questions from the audience and then I sat down for the last hour to channel animals as they came to me.

The first animal that I “saw” coming in was a large reptile, an iguana. I described him to the audience and to my surprise no one stepped forward to claim him. I then channeled a dog or something similar who had not been able to say goodbye properly prior to passing and their person finally got the closure that they were looking for. The iguana showed up again and this time I described him as being somewhat large and angry. Once again no one claimed him and I had to dismiss the iguana a second time. This time I saw a cat coming through, all white and with a growth on the left side of the neck and a reference to being the runt of the litter. It turned out to be two cats, from the same litter who were both white and one had a growth that had come and gone while the other one was the runt of the litter. The one who had the health issue was there to reassure their human that they were in good health and not to worry about them. Then … the iguana returned, I joked about how I was going to Florida next and perhaps it was an alligator who I was going to connect with there, but once again I felt compelled to describe him as an angry iguana. At this point a young boy of about ten, in the back of the room raised his hand and said that his father had an iguana.

Finally … I asked the boy if he had a question for the iguana and he said yes, “Why did he try to break my dad’s leg with his tail?” the iguana told me that the boy’s father had made some cruel jokes about the iguana and that he was not very nice to it … the boy confirmed it, to which I reminded the audience that it is never a good idea to tease the iguanas or any other animal for that matter. Even if it’s just verbal, they still hear it and it affects them.

When I was done channeling about an hour later, I doubt very much that there were many if any skeptics left in the building. It was a lot of fun and it was well received.

After the event was over we retired for the evening and returned the following day to the shelter to provide readings to the general public. Several readings later I was done with my work in North Carolina and we went out to Fayetteville to the Mash House for dinner and a beer before catching a movie. We saw Mel Gibson’s “The Edge of Darkness” which we all enjoyed and then turned in for the evening. The following morning I found myself on the way to the airport in Raleigh for the flight to Charlotte where I had a connecting flight to Orlando, Florida.

Speaking of flights, I found that if you channel the animals connected to those who are sitting near you on the plane, that the flight will go by very quickly for all involved. Next I will fill you in on my adventures in Florida.

To learn more about psychic medium and animal communicator Charles Peden and the work that he does, visit … http://www.charlespeden.com.

As a former skeptic of the ability to communicate with animals via telepathy I was curious as to what people who are not so open to such ideas would say about pet psychics.

I must say that I do not believe that everyone who claims to have this ability is truly being honest. Just like the psychic medium field is plagued with fraud, so is the animal communicator field. Sadly when one has an experience that does not meet their expectations, they tend to tell everyone about it. Those who have had a genuine experience do not always inform their friends and family since they do not want to deal with being ridiculed by others who have not had their own experience or whom do not have an open mind.

Even after discovering the ability to “speak” with the dead, I was not ready to accept that you could talk to animals. It was only after having several animals connect with me during readings that I began to accept that we can communicate with live animals via telepathy.

In placing a simply inquiry  into the subject recently on a web site dedicated to people who love their animals, I was dismayed to see the lack of understanding about animal communication, though not surprised. I asked a simple question, if anyone had ever had an experience with a pet psychic and if so, what was the experience like?

One of the most common responses by individuals was that they did not believe in psychics and especially pet psychics because they feel that a “pet psychic” can say anything about the animal and that there is no way to verify the accuracy of the information coming through.  I would agree with that viewpoint, except for the following reasons.

1.) When I connect with an animal, I do not require a photograph or a description of the animal in order to connect with them.

Most “pet psychics” request a description or photograph of the animal that you wish to connect with. This is completely unnecessary as once I am connected with an animal and I start receiving information from them, they will usually begin by describing their physical appearance to me, which I then in turn will relay to the animals’ person who can then confirm or deny the connection. The vast majority of the readings I do are done over the phone.

2.) Personal details related to the animal which are impossible to know in advance will often be brought through.

One of the most common pieces of information that animals provide to me is how they met their person and what age they are along with any unique markings they have and perhaps one of their favorite memories of their humans.

3.) Answers will be accurate even if the human attempts to trip up the “pet psychic”.

During a recent reading I revealed that a particular horse disliked a certain riding activity. The horses’ person immediately challenged the statement by seeming to be surprised at the response, and acting as though he expected the opposite in response. When I asked the horse again and he reaffirmed his feelings about the matter, the owner confessed that the information that I was bringing forward was accurate and that he was simply testing me.

4.) Where there is smoke, there is fire.

Many claim to have psychic abilities for any number of reasons. Those who really have developed them will always work towards the greater good and will not be simply driven by money. If something does not feel right to you or they try and charge you for more than a simple reading, take great caution. Those who are genuine tend to get noticed by others, check the “pet psychics” references, and ask if they have a guarantee that if you are unhappy or for any reason and or believe that a connection was not made during the course of the reading, that they can expect a full refund with no complaint.

5.) People expect that if you can talk to animals, that they will stop their “odd” behaviors, listen to you, mind you and or perform tricks for you … etc.

In some cases animals will perform “tricks” and other tasks that I request of them, but just like your own children, just because you two can chat with each other, it does not mean that they will listen to you or follow your directions. Animals are just like us, and some like to entertain while others want to be left alone. Many times if there is a “bad” behavior being addressed, the animal may choose to snub the conversation.

6.) We can all talk to our animals, they understand our words and thoughts. Hearing them is the tricky part, some of us can connect with them after a little bit of guidance and practice while others may have great difficulty doing so.

It is important to remember to speak about your animals in a positive light. Do not reinforce negative behaviors, try and speak with positive affirmations regarding any behavior problems with your animals and remember that most behavior problems are simply the results of poor communication and a lack of understanding.

If considering contacting a pet psychic, you may want to consider myself, http://www.charlespeden.com.

This February you can catch me in person at the Robeson county Humane Society Fundraiser in Lumberton, NC.

Coming up a little sooner you can catch a group animal reading in San Francisco on Friday, October 30th.

October 30th Group Animal Reading, San Francisco, CA

October 30th Group Animal Reading, San Francisco, CA

Recently I was enjoying some down time and found myself online playing a game called “Farm Town”. Farm Town is a game that you can find on Facebook. The game is pretty simple, you start out with a small plot of virtual land and plant some crops. At first you are limited in what you can plant as you ascend levels (by earning experience points) you are able to purchase bigger and better plants, buildings, fences, flowers, trees, seeds and animals.

I started playing the game to take a break from “reality” and to have some fun. Very quickly I realized that I could use it as a visualization exercise. That is … as I grew my farm, purchased additional land and added out buildings, landscaping and so forth .. that this could represent what I would someday like to own – perhaps a vineyard. One of the ways of earning “money” in the game, is through “working” other peoples farms. This involves going to the “Marketplace” and trying to get someone to hire you to harvest and or plow their farm for them. When you harvest you get a fraction of the crops value in payment and when you plow you get experience points and a little bit of coin.

The process of harvesting is pretty simple, it involves taking the mouse and placing your little sickle icon over the little square that represents the crop that you are harvesting, it could be a picture of a roughly three foot by three foot bed of pineapples, carrots, peppers or some other crop. After you click on it, the image is replaced with one of a “harvested field”. During your work at another farm, you may end up clicking on hundreds of these little crop squares in order to harvest and then going back over them again to plow … this time with a different icon (a plow) and changing the image to that of a freshly plowed piece of farmland.

While I was “working” on a strangers farm, I had a gray cat come and see me. I had just finished up with a field of cotton or something like that … perhaps it was blueberries, they all blend together after awhile, harvesting and plowing can become mind numbing work … (even in a virtual world) and this sets my mind off into a meditative state quite quickly. So back to the gray cat … as I am working this farm, I keep getting prodded to say something to the farm owner. So I open up the chat box and ask them if they had any animals.

The farmer replied that she did, and mentioned the ones I could see on her virtual farm. I then told her that I was talking about real life animals, and she said yes, she had some. She then remarked that it was an odd question, and that her password was not any of their names. I told her that I did not care about that, but wanted to know if she had a gray cat. She said no. I then asked her if she had ever had any gray animals and she said that she had a gray cat that had gone missing nine months prior. I asked for the cats name and when she gave it to me, I got an instant confirmation that the animal that was connecting with me was her missing cat.

At that point I went on to describe the cats features in greater detail and provided them an opportunity to obtain some closure. Happily the cat had been adopted by a new family and was content while the person who had lost the cat had gone out soon after and adopted a kitten. Both parties were happy and now they have closure.

The very next day a mule connected with me while I was harvesting at someone else’s farm. She made her presence known to me and after I asked about her, she showed me the red/pink ribbon that was on her halter to help cement that I was connected to her. In this case there was an issue with being ridden by others other than the primary human in this mules life. She also complained that the horses made fun of her because ever time someone got her to ride instead of one of the horses, they would complain that they were on a mule and not a horse. She got tired of being trashed talked and went on strike and refused to be ridden by anyone other than the human that loved her, her “owner”. The mule also mentioned that she missed living with other mules, like the farm that she had lived at previously.

A few days after the two above “random” communications, I was yet again connecting with another “random” animal on some strangers farm that I was harvesting at. (Careful, Farm Town can get addicting!) This time when I gently broached the subject of animal communication with the benign question “If you could talk with your animals, who would you chat with and what would you ask them?” I was met with, “I don’t know.” and not much else. Even after some gentle nudging they could not think of anything to ask … so, should you find yourself suddenly presented the opportunity to actually connect with one of your present or past animal companions at a very detailed level, here are a few suggestions.

One of the first things I will ask after establish a connection with an animal, is “What do you want to say? do you have something you want to start with?” I am not asking the human, but rather the animal, if the animal wants you to lead the conversation or start it, it is helpful to have an idea of what to say. There is nothing worse than simply saying that you have no idea … this implies that you don’t really care about them. Consider the following example.

Ten years previously you met a lovely companion, the two of you moved in with no dating and are nearly joined at the hip for the next decade. Your companion is with you through thick and thin, the good times and the bad. They see a side of you that you will not even allow your other friends to see and when presented with the opportunity to finally be able to have a detailed two way conversation with them – you had nothing to say … it would be devastating.

On to the questions or conversation starters for you favorite animal companion …

1.) How is your health, is there anything I should be aware of? And if so … what can be done to help you with it?

Bear in mind that though I am not a doctor, I can communicate with your animal and ask them if they have any medical issues that need to be addressed. Just like with yourself, you sometimes know exactly what the problem is … (a broken bone) or you may have no idea other than you have a pain in your chest and can’t breathe very well. Animals are similar, and sometimes they will shield us from the “ugly truth” so as to spare us having to see them suffer. In many cases I am able to connect with you animal companion/pet and if nothing else, point you in the direction of the right tests and or procedures to suggest to your licensed and trained veterinarian.

2.) How is your diet? Any special requests?

Many times you will find that your animal is perfectly fine with their food, others are unhappy due to either a miscommunication and misunderstanding or simply not knowing. One of my favorites was in the case of a dog who had a sensitive digestive system. The dog had been offered two homemade foods, neither of which the human “owner” had told us prior to the dog discussing it with us. It started out as a medical/health related question and pretty soon the dog revealed that when offered the brown rice dish that he found it to be unappetizing and frankly disappointing, in fact he barely touched it. Other the other hand, he had also been offered an oatmeal based homemade food that he found very tasty, in fact he liked it so much, that he woofed it down, he also ate too much as they had given him a large portion and poor stomach rebelled and he vomited almost as soon as he ate it. His “owners” figured that the oatmeal food had made him sicker and never gave it to him again, much to the dogs dismay. So … now thankfully since having an opportunity to really communicate his food preferences, things have gotten a little tastier around his house.

3.) Are you happy? is there anything that we could be doing for you that we are not already doing?

This is pretty straight forward, many times people will find themselves surprised by their “pets” response to the above question. In one case, I had a woman with three dogs, two of the dogs were medium sized breeds while one was a lap dog. The lap dog was as happy as could be. The two larger dogs told me that they were left out of many of the outings and then proceeded to describe the lake that the lap dog went to frequently, but that they were not permitted to go to. The “owner” was surprised to learn that her other dogs even knew about the place. Now that she understands that her other dogs were behaving poorly due to their being jealous of her lap dog and where that dog was allowed to go in comparison to her other dogs, she can rectify the situation.

4.) What is a favorite memory of our time together that you would like to share?

This one cat told me that his favorite memory was reuniting with his person … after a trip where they went east. I asked if she (the cat’s person) had gone back east, she said no. I then persisted and she confessed that they had a layover in New York on her flight to Africa, and that after spending time in quarantine her cat was finally able to reunite with her. She was staying with her folks in South Africa and the cat remarked that the bugs there were outstanding and that he loved the large yard that he played at at his persons parents house.

5.) Anything that you would ask a person, you can ask an animal … within reason of course. 🙂 Just like humans, just because you can talk with them … it does not guarantee that they will reciprocate or that they will even listen, sort of like some teenagers or children I know.

If you would like to schedule a reading to connect with the animals in your life, either past or present, visit www.charlespeden.com.

In some cases I actually hear words “audibly” but in most cases I see pictures or simply “know”. Today while doing a reading I simply dropped the middle name of one of the animals whom I was speaking with. I honestly do not know the exact way I came across her name, it just rolled off my tongue.  Many times I hear voices in my head, kind of like I am thinking something, but not my thoughts. Read my latest posting for more about how I receive information.

Animal Communication Workshop

Animal Communication Workshop


Have you ever wondered what your animals/pets would say to you if they could talk?

Wonder no more … this upcoming Halloween, join Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator, Charles Peden for a weekend of discovery and learning. Charles telepathically communicates with all species of animals and can teach you to do the same! The animals in our lives have plenty to say and have been communicating their needs, feelings and more telepathically to us for ages, most of us simply have been unaware of this. After an incident which occurred in January of 2006, Charles’s dormant abilities as a psychic medium and animal communicator were brought to the surface and he has been communicating with those in spirit both animal and human ever since. In 2007 Charles discovered an ability to communicate with live animals.

Presently Charles Peden is sought out for his unique abilities to communicate with all forms of life, and for his deep connection with the animal kingdom. Through his gifts as a psychic, Charles has worked alongside law enforcement with respect to bringing closure to missing persons cases and violent crimes. For personal reasons, Charles has elected to focus his abilities on working with animals and providing them a voice.

The work that Charles is now involved with includes volunteering at adoption fairs for rescue animals, providing his services to various Humane Society branches though out the country and even working in radio and television with the goal of educating the public about animals and how they are far more like us than most of us imagine. They have feelings, hopes, dreams and most importantly a huge heart. Animals can be an incredibly loving presence in our lives if only we take the time to listen to their needs and then follow through with caring for them and loving them.

Many times an animal that is viewed as “damaged” or “dangerous” is simply one who needs an opportunity to voice their feelings, to have their needs understood and addressed. Once the issues are resolved, often the once “difficult” animal will frequently become a loving companion. Animals can also communicate how they are feeling physically to us so that we may get them the proper medical treatment. Being able to communicate with an animal who is nearing the end of their physical life has many benefits as well.

The weekend promises to be both educational, fun, informative and filled with wonderment. The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, October 30th 6 PM to 8 PM $20
Group reading with intent to connect with animals that are connected with those who are present.
(Do not bring your animals, you may bring a photo, but it is not required.)

Saturday, October 31st 10 AM to 4 PM $50
Animal Communication Workshop (part 1)

Halloween Evening, 9 PM to 11 PM $20
Group reading/seance
Connect with your loved ones in spirit, human or animal. (Or try and connect with anyone in spirit … for that matter.)

Sunday, November 1st 11 AM to 4 PM $50
Animal Communication Workshop (part 2)

Workshop and readings will be held in San Francisco, California at a wonderful location only a half block from Golden Gate Park in the Richmond district near the Presido.

Food and drinks other than water are your responsibility. There is a kitchen available and you may bring yourself an easy to prepare or already prepared meal for lunch time. Pillows for sitting on the floor are provided. There is ample free parking on the street and there are shops only minutes away.

Package Deal – Sign up for all of the events, the two group readings and the two day workshop for $125 a $15 savings.
You may take the classes separately, though if you miss the first class, you may have trouble catching up with the group.

The class by itself runs $100, if you want to attend the group reading on Friday with the intent to connect with animals as well, you may purchase a package deal for $115, a five dollar savings.

Seating is limited and therefore you are encouraged to reserve your space early.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a pet psychic/animal whisperer, communicator – this is your chance to spend time with one and to learn how to become one yourself.

You may call 925-360-7469 or email info@charlespeden.com in order to reserve your space or to learn more.

Fall Creek Redwoods

Fall Creek Redwoods

One recent weekend I found myself busy with a late group reading in Oakland on Friday followed by an early morning guided beach combing excursion in Santa Cruz. The reading went great … one of the things that I will remember the most from it was channeling the flavor and texture of dead mice that had been frozen and then thawed in a microwave oven, simply not on par with a freshly killed live mouse according to the great horned owl who I was channeling. One of the individuals at the reading revealed that he worked with wild animal rescue and rehabilitation and confirmed that he was indeed feeding frozen and then thawed mice to the owl, pretty nasty stuff if you ask either the owl or myself.

Purple Beach Sea Glass Antique Bottle Stopper

Purple Beach Sea Glass Antique Bottle Stopper

The following morning found me squeezing into a wetsuit with a badly sunburned patch on my back, (a story for another day … perhaps) and meeting my clients in Davenport where the embers from the recent lockheed forest fire were still smoldering. The air had a decidedly wet campfire smell to it and after grabbing a cup of coffee and a giant oatmeal and raisin cookie at the Whale City Bakery, Bar and Grill we headed to the beach. The surf was up … way up with a big storm out in the Pacific and the sea glass collecting was a bit dangerous to put it lightly. The first real wave to hit the beach we were on hit with such force that I was knocked down instantly along with my coffee and with my life vest not yet zipped up. I lost my coffee, almost lost my vest and grabbed my client and helped her to her feet and for the rest of the day we gave the ocean a bit wider berth. Later in the day near the end of the guided

Beach combing is not always about sea glass, there are lots of animals to connect with as well.

Beach combing is not always about sea glass, there are lots of animals to connect with as well.

beach combing trip, we ran into a seal who had beached himself right near the higher end of the water line. I did not see him until I was about six feet away as I had my head down looking for abalone shell and sea glass. He announced his presence with a quick bark and then laid his head back down, best as I could tell … he was sick from ingesting some plastic or something to that effect.

Back in Santa Cruz later around 1 pm, I had just finished cleaning up after playing in the surf earlier that morning and had the bright idea to go for a hike in the redwoods. I wanted to go someplace with water,  such as a creek and with towering trees. It was easily around 90 degrees and my sister wanted to go to the beach at first but when I mentioned heading out to the redwoods … she suggested that we visit Fall Creek as she had been feeling pulled to go there herself.

We drove up into the Santa Cruz mountains and parked at one of the trail entrances. The quarrying and processing of limestone used to be big business in the Santa Cruz region prior to the 1900s and ruins from one such operation are located amongst the redwoods within the Fall Creek portion of Henry Cowell State Park. We found a parking space in the shade, locked up the car and headed down the trail.  Since discovering an ability to connect with not just human and animal spirits, but also being able to connect with plant life … I had not yet gone to the redwoods with the specific intent to communicate with the trees and other plants.

The hike to the lime stone kilns was very pleasant and we chatted about how poorly managed the forest was. We were commenting that there was far too much deadwood on the forest floor and that our modern policy of fire suppression in the forest was a complete disaster. We discussed how the natives would encourage controlled burns and how ever since the “white” man had arrived we had disrupted the natural cycle of fire and new growth.

Fall Creek Redwoods Trail to the Limestone Kilns.

Fall Creek Redwoods Trail to the Limestone Kilns.

Before too long the redwoods had worked their magic on us and we had our cameras out recording various sights that we wanted to capture and bring back with us. There were several butterflies and dragonflies and I managed to capture some very nice photos where I took my pictures only inches away from my subjects … no need for zoom. After some time we arrived at the ruins of the limestone kilns and enjoyed reading about what had been there in the past. At one time up to 40 men worked at the kilns … mostly Portuguese and Italian immigrants. We walked over to the kilns for a closer look and discovering that one of the doors was missing, we walked into one of the kilns and sat down in the middle.

Fall Creek Redwoods limestone kiln ruins.

Fall Creek Redwoods limestone kiln ruins.

View from the top of the limestone kilns in Fall Creek Park, part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

View from the top of the limestone kilns in Fall Creek Park, part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

For awhile we simply chatted about this and that and then I decided to put out a “blanket” call out to the forest. I made a request for anyone who wished to connect with us to chat with us. I addressed the animals and the plants as well as the spirits of the humans who had been there in the past, the natives and the workers at the kilns. After several moments of silence I got the feeling that we were not going to make contact with anyone there and so we started back down the trail in the direction that we had come from.

We took a few more photographs in the fading light and continued along the trail, pretty soon we saw a nice spot across the creek from us and we crossed over on some fallen trees that lay across the creek. We found a place that was elevated about 6 feet above the creek bed and just on the edge of the creek. As we sat there I once again went into a brief meditative state and while gazing down the bed of the creek I waited for someone to contact us.

All of a sudden I saw it … about fifty feet in front of us, I saw a large orb of energy … about five feet in diameter. The orb of energy was clearly visible to me with the naked eye, it appeared as a distortion in the atmosphere like a ripple or like what happens when you view an object through a water bubble. As far as orbs go, it was the largest ball of energy I had ever seen before and it continued slowly up the creek bed until it was only a few feet away from me and standing directly to the left of me. My sister turned to look at me as she had seen it too. By the way she was acting I knew that I was not just seeing things, she had clearly seen and felt it too. As it stood to the side of us, all of a sudden she broke out in goosebumps all over her body, even though it was 90 degrees and then I too broke out in big goosebumps.

Dragonfly found in Fall Creek park near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dragonfly found in Fall Creek park near Santa Cruz, CA.

We briefly chatted to establish that we had both seen and felt the same thing and then it was time to figure out who our guest was. At first I thought that we were dealing with a native who may have been a chieftain, but very quickly I realized that this was not the spirit of a human. I then checked to see if they were animal and I once again got a resounding “no”. I thought that perhaps there was a chance that this entity was from another world, but when queried it was apparent that they were from earth. Then the entity showed me everything in the forest all at once and I asked if they were rock and mineral to which I got a resounding yes!

Re-creation of energy field that we witnessed approaching us along the creek bed.

Re-creation of energy field that we witnessed approaching us along the creek bed.

At once it became clear to me … the plants, the animals and even the people who were and who had been here, were all part of the soil. All of their bodies came from the rocks and minerals present within the earth. As I had gone into the forest to connect with it, here I was connecting with the land itself  which of course was what the forest was made from. After

Butterfly photographed in Fall Creek Park.

Butterfly photographed in Fall Creek Park.

establishing to some extent … who we were communicating with, I decided to start the conversation and ask him some questions. But before I could do so, the forest turned the tables on me and told me that he wanted to start the conversation.

He wanted to greet us and thank us for taking the time to come and visit him. He said that he was honored to have an opportunity to connect with us and appreciated what we had been saying about the need for controlled burns. He said that it was refreshing to have someone recognize that he was in a bad state and overdue for a cleansing fire. Then I asked him how was it that he was male? He indicated that he really was not male or female but that for the sake of conversation that we were to refer to him in the male form, he also indicated that it was traditional in our society for the males to take such a leadership role, just like a native chieftain.

One of our biggest questions was if you are not the planet in general, such as Mother Earth, than what are your physical boundaries and do you stay one size or adjust to fit the size of the forest? What happened next convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that who we were talking with was the park itself and all of the land within it’s borders. When queried  as to his size, he indicated that he was part of Henry Cowell State Park which I was not aware of at the time, I simply thought that Fall Creek was it’s own independent park. I asked him if he could tell me how large he was in square miles and I got a resounding yes. I asked if he was greater than 10 square miles and I got a no. I asked if he was smaller than 5 square miles and I got a no. I asked if he was between 5 to 10 square miles and I got a yes. Then the number 6.7 jumped at me and I settled at somewhere around 6.4 to 6.7 square miles.

Fall Creek Redwoods forest floor.

Fall Creek Redwoods forest floor.

It was starting to get darker in the forest and after our brief conversation with the forest … with the land … we decided that it was time to head out. Upon returning home later that day, I looked up the size of Fall Creek park. First I discovered that it was part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and when you took the acreage of both the Fall Creek unit and the main part of the park  and added them together that they were equal to 6.47 square miles! The park told me what size he was and very accurately … remarkable, now it’s time to visit some other parks and see if I can do the same thing there. For more about myself visit … http://www.charlespeden.com and http://www.bythebaytreasures.com.

Fall Creek Redwood Grove

Fall Creek Redwood Grove

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