Today is the last day of October, my very favorite month. I’m sad to see it go! It seems like a good time to share some of the things that I’ve learned over the last four weeks. Many people wonder what life is like as an Animal Communicator. And while I can’t speak for everyone, it might be interesting to learn a little about the work, from my perspective.
Early in October, someone sent me a link for two other well respected Communicators in opposite corners of America. What they wanted me to see was, in comparison, the clearly delineated limitation of services, and the rates that were triple of mine. Sure, communication can be exhausting, but I struggled to understand the pricing, and the lack of a long term relationship between communicator and client.
By the second week in October, I began to consider some of the advantages, possibly, of the clearly delineated “session”, and limited relationship that these Communicators offered. My phone continued to receive texts well after midnight, and then again, starting at 4 am. Sleep became short, and I really reflected on the boundaries that probably needed to be set. These texts were from clients, many who know that I am never away from my phone.
Unfortunately, the critical nature of my client’s pets continued, spilling over well into the third week in October. Serious emergencies, end life decisions, and injuries that halted agility careers, required immediate attention. Those animals needed a voice, and someone to coach their people through crisis. It was then that a clearly defined difference in my role emerged, as compared to other people who do my “job”. Your pets are like my own, and my commitment to them, and to you is serious.
Make no mistake, I will never diagnose or prescribe. I will however, communicate with your pet, verbalize their needs, and coach you through your darkest days, and your biggest triumphs. Saying goodbye to your fur-family member is like saying goodbye to my own. Yes, there probably are boundaries that need to be set, in time. Honestly though, on this last day of the month, I wouldn’t trade the commitment for more sleep. It’s an honor to help you and your fur family.
My limitations as a “one woman band” became clear this month. I’m looking at going back to online scheduling, an easier to maintain web platform, and same day emergency services. In the meantime, I have so much gratitude to express to each of you for allowing me to love your animals as you do. For trusting me to help with those big decisions, and for feeling comfortable reaching out in a time of need.
In October alone, I have done over 200 sessions. That milestone speaks testament to the sudden and sometimes critical nature of needing to communicate with an animal in distress. But as we look to tomorrow, November 1st, there is much gratitude in my heart for not being “just a Communicator”. There is so much more beyond the label, and beyond the relationship.
Jen Ortman, owner of Holistipet (LLC) is a Professional Animal Communicator, Animal Reiki Master Teacher, author, and speaker.