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Keep posted for my interview with celeb-pet blogger Rich Bel and an update on New Jersey “Lady Dog Whisperer” Janice Wolfe as she talks about her AKC Ace award-winning dog Wyatt and their recent trip to Hollywood and soon to be opened Merlin’s Kids Ranch designed with the guidance of Temple Grandin! 

For it is by muteness that a dog becomes for one so utterly beyond value; with him one is at peace, where words play no torturing tricks.  John Galsworthy, English 1867-1933

Late last year I read with interest an item posted by Facebook friend, Jennie Motschman Wilson of Las Vegas, NV.  Jennie wrote about her dog, a gorgeous Portuguese water dog named Hardee who has been treated for cancer.  Jennie was at an Agility event with Hardee when the opportunity to have a reading with an Animal Communicator presented itself.  According to Jennie, “I sought her services because I wanted to know if Hardee knew he was dying, if he wanted to continue to compete in performance sports (especially agility), if he was in much pain, if he wanted us to continue to fight, if he knew how very much we loved him, if there was anything he wanted us to know, etc.”

Jennie says the reading had a profound impact on her, stating, “It solidified what we already knew and strengthened our resolve to continue to let Hardee run agility and compete, despite quite a bit of criticism. We have continued treatments for him because he wanted to continue to fight to live!”

The same day I read Jennie’s post, another Facebook friend, Deanna Vicera approached me about writing a post about a local Pet Communicator, Frank Simonelli, resulting in the following interview….

How does a Pet Communicator work? There are different types of pet communicators. They train dogs in various ways. For instance, in military use, dogs can be trained to detect bombs, drugs, even to track down humans. There are Seeing Eye dogs and Search and Rescue dogs. Here, trainers are communicating and teaching animals to use their natural abilities to perform highly skilled tasks. There are communicators who work with behavioral problems such as house training, barking and aggressive behaviors. What I do is a little different. First, I am a Medical Intuitive, a Medium, and an Empath. I can feel an animal’s pain, his sorrow, fears, love and anger, all of its emotions. In understanding or communicating with the animal, I can convey to its caregiver what the animal’s needs are. Once a caregiver understands what’s happening with an animal, the appropriate measures can be taken to help it.

 Do you just work with dogs?  On the contrary, animals allow me to work with them, but no, I devote most of my time understanding and interpreting the information that comes to me. Humans require more of my time than the animals do, however, I feel privileged to be able to help any living creature at all. Animals are easier to work with in some ways. They are humble, their minds are uncluttered and they are unaffected by societal pressures and influences, but that is another subject.

When did you become aware of your ability? Can you relate how your ability helped a pet owner?  I have been aware of my spirituality all of my life. My earliest memories go back to infancy.  As a child, I tried to keep it to myself, but somehow I believed that it was very obvious that something was just “Different.” I learned to live with it secretly. I wanted desperately to be like everyone else, how foolish! I always had a deep connection to animals; however, it was not until 1998 that I would discover that I would understand the words that the animals “didn’t” say. 

One summer afternoon I stopped by my sister-in-law’s home to visit.  She had a wonderful little black poodle named Ebony. Ebony and I were buddies, in fact, that was my nickname for him. Whenever I came to visit, I would call him from outside the house calling, “Buddy, Buddy, Buddy” very quickly. My sister-in-law would open the door and Ebony would run out to greet me with great enthusiasm. For years we did this. On this August day in 1998, when I called out for my Buddy, my sister-in-law opened the door, and Ebony ran out to me without the typical enthusiasm. I picked him up and headed inside the house to seek shelter from the heat. I sat on the couch in the living room with Ebony on my lap, at this point I was not even aware that his behavior had even changed. It was about 100 degrees outside, we were experiencing a heat wave and I was happy to be sitting in a cool air-conditioned room. I recall my sister-in-law serving me a cold drink. That’s when the “The tap on the shoulder” came. That is my reference to my ability; a spirit is letting me know that it’s time to work.

Ebony was panting and lethargic as he lay across my lap. I placed my hand on him; he turned slowly and looked up at me and I felt his emotions. Just then I felt pain, real sharp pain! I asked my sister-in-law if she knew what was wrong with him. She told me that she thought he may have burned his front pad on the scorching pavement outside while chasing a squirrel and that he might be over heated from that earlier chase. However, I knew better. I began to scan the dog with my hands as I would a human in a Medical/Healing session; from his head and neck, down his back, to the left and right sides.

Once again, while connecting with the dog, I asked in my thoughts, “Where does it hurt?” I checked his front pads, nothing/clear. Then I felt a sharp pain shoot down my right leg. I almost couldn’t sit still in the chair any longer. I placed my hand on Ebony’s right rear leg and my hand felt overwhelming heat and pain which went right through me. I called to my sister-in-law, “You need to get this dog to the vet as soon as possible!”  With a laugh, she asked why, as if I was overreacting.  It’s not his paws,” I tried to explain.  “Ebony has a torn ligament in his right rear leg. He is in so much distress that he could die, that’s what animals do.” She laughed at me; noting that my psychic crap was so ridiculous and that there was nothing wrong with her dog. I realized there was nothing more I could do for him. My message had not been well-received. That night my sister-in-law realized that Ebony’s behavior was significantly different. Maybe I should take him to the vet, she began to think. The following morning she made an appointment.  She explained to him what she believed to be wrong with her dog, and told the vet about her crazy brother-in-law who thinks he’s psychic and continued to tell him of my experience with Ebony.

The veterinarian was not amused by the joking manner in which she told the story, instead, he seemed interested in what I had to say and did extensive testing.  After many hours, the vet’s findings were as follows: No burnt pads, no dehydration, however, a serious injury to his right rear leg had been detected, specifically a torn ligament. The dog was in great distress, enough pain to cause him to expire. Ebony eventually healed, but my sister-in-law did not! It was “Too Freaky” for her and she never mentioned the experience again. This was the first time I was aware animals could communicate with me.

How do people react when you tell them about your abilities?  For most of my life I told no one of my extraordinary abilities.  Somehow it was obvious something separated me from everyone else. I didn’t want to be isolated, however, to some degree I was. I had too many unusual questions about life and my existence here and not enough about baseball and football. I became intrigued with mechanical things like clocks, motors, electricity and science. I started drawing things that I dreamed of. The other kids thought I was weird, and I was, kind of. I wanted tounderstand time, why we got old and died, and what came next. Did we go to the place where our dreams came from? These are not normal thoughts for a six-year old.

I felt that I burdened others with my presence but some people recognized something else in me. I always smiled, I was always respectful. In my first year of High School an art teacher developed an interest in my drawings and he recognized a connection between the art and my natural spirituality. He speculated that the drawings came from visions. As a result of his continued effort, I was offered a scholarship to Pratt institute, a very prestigious art school in New York City. This was the first time I felt accepted and the first time I was okay with myself as it related to my spiritual abilities. As to peoples’ reaction to me, well, as I got older it got better.

Just like anyone who survives the turmoil of indifference during their youth, there are many of us who are different in many ways and we struggle for a common social acceptance. As a survivor, today I find myself very comfortable with who I am. I find my extraordinary abilities to be a blessing instead of a hindrance to my existence. I offer my help continuously to the very lost souls that I struggled to be like or even hid from. It is amazing to me that the normal, the conformists, need the most help understanding their own existences and they are usually afraid to ask. Most people, who know me, find my journey through life interesting to say the least. In general, perhaps, as a result of our difficult times, they are now searching for answers themselves, thus making my abilities and philosophy’s a little more acceptable.

How can pet owners develop their own innate abilities, or can they? How do you sharpen your own skills?  We become thoroughly connected mentally and spiritually to animals as do they to us. The word love need not be spoken; it is the simplest form of communication and the first to be recognized by an animal. When a dog is taken from its mother at eight weeks old and it finds itself nose to nose with you in its new home; it doesn’t take long for the animal to know that you love it. You can sense this very quickly as the animal begins to look for you. It wants to play with you, it follows you, it sits by you, and it will fall asleep with you. And guess what, you have communicated with an animal, too.

How did you do that? For one thing, you shared emotion. Emotions are vibrations emitted silently by your soul making a deep connection with the animal’s emotions. For example,if you’re sad, in most cases, the dog will know it and act the way you feel and if your dog is sad, you naturally seem to know it, you become concerned, and will even ask out loud, “What’s wrong?” as you place your hand upon his head. You are communicating. You both know instinctively how the other feels and this is completely natural. Dogs can’t talk yet we know what they are thinking. You communicate with your dog everyday without words. I refer to this as “Being In Your Animal.”

They say there are two sides to a person, the animal side and the spiritual side. I believe there are three parts. Two that coexist but act as one that is the spiritual and animal sides. Then there is the societal impact which in most cases defies nature. To be in your animal is to say you’re free from the societal, humanistic ways. To be in your animal is to only rely on your instincts. Once you begin to rely on your instincts, you have also opened the channel to your spirituality. These two powerful forces combine their elements and begin to work together. That’s when you begin to hear the animals. You can develop this ability but first you must be able to find the center of your own soul, truly a difficult task!

Think about the deepest love you know, focus on that for a while, for that very love comes from where the center is and that’s where the love and understanding of the animals comes from in the first place. Through your love, you more than likely communicate more than 100 words with your pet everyday without speaking. As a spiritualist my awareness is a great deal more acute. When I work with animals I often get the whole story. They love to be heard, always honest and are always grateful.

Have you ever communicated with a dog that has been involved with Dog Fighting?  I was recently contacted by a highly reputable animal activist, a true caregiver. Her name is Deanna Vicera, a professional Dog Groomer and owner of Doggie Stylin’, a mobile grooming service in central New Jersey. She is unrelenting in her work with animals which spans many areas. She is involved in rescue work, adoptions, locating missing dogs, grooming and hygiene, etc. Her tireless efforts are extraordinary and highly commendable.  She is loved and respected not only by the owners of the animals she grooms, but the animals themselves.

Deanna and I are currently working on “The Polly Case. Polly is a two-year old Brindle Boxer abducted from a parked car in the Freehold, NJ Shoprite Liquors Parking lot on Route 9 on November 23, 2010. I visited the abduction site with Polly’s caregiver, (Mom), along with Deanna and later did an intuitive reading. The reading showed great details about “Bait” dogs, gambling and vicious dog slaughters in a highly corrupt and organized manner. The vision indicated sponsorship by very wealthy people and highly disturbing details emerged from this reading.  

Back in 1949, Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week wrote that the only thing separating dog from man was a thumb, and an “alfabet.” Thank you Frank, for sharing your special life-story with everyone and thanks also to Deanna and Jennie for their contributions.  I am sure there are skeptics out there, but I encourage everyone to give all your options a chance and keep an open-mind, especially if a pet’s life may depend on it.  Healing thoughts and prayers for Polly and Hardee and all the other animals in need of our help.

To Contact Frank:

Sadly, Frank does not get a good feeling about Polly’s fate.  Please do not leave your dogs or other pets unattended outside, or in the car when you are running errands…  There are many who wish to do them harm, unfortunately….

Frank Simonelli

Psychic Medium/Animal Communicator, Spiritual Counselor/Medical Intuitive

PO Box 323; Marlboro, NJ 07746

Phone: 732 414 – 2444, Website:;   e-mail:


On a day we celebrate our freedoms, and the privileges of being an American, we read about all kinds of people in the news, and the impact they have on others, for good, and bad.  Today, I read a story on-line about a man who went to great lengths to rescue a puppy stranded at the base of a mountain.  Through his incredible efforts, the dog’s life was saved. On the other hand, there are still those who go out of their way to harm and abuse dogs.

According to Barbara Karolychyk (Lifewithpitbulls), there is a disturbing new trend in the dog fighting world. After all the news coverage in the wake of the Michael Vick situation, it was mistakenly believed that incidents of organized dog fighting might be on the decline.  Instead, those involved get a little “wiser” bringing their “sport” underground with something known as “trunking.”  In trunking, two dogs are thrown into a car trunk to fight to the death.  The car drives around, blasting music, to cover the sounds of the battle. You can only imagine how awful this must be.

Barbara, who lives in the DC, area used to fear pit bulls, like many others.  But now, through Facebook, and her writing, she has dedicated her life to helping others understand this much maligned breed, and works hard to improve the situations of the breed all over then nation.  Barbara has generously agreed to be part of the National Dog Week project with her insight on pit bulls, represented in the likes of the revered Sargeant Stubby, a pit bull that saved countless lives while serving in WWI. To learn more about Barbara’s efforts on the behalf of this breed go to

The following is a post from the March archives.  On this holiday, celebrate what is good about the nation, but give some thought to those areas where there is still much work to be done.

Here is the repost….

In the process or researching, writing, and submitting a book about National Dog Week, I am reminded of the movie The Wizard of Oz.  Like Dorothy, and Toto, Hooper and I have come to know places far from familiar territory.  Hooper’s image can now be seen worldwide, and each day, I am contacted, or reach out to, individuals in worlds I have not been part of until now.

Like Dorothy following her yellow brick road, around each turn I meet “characters” that wish to join me on my journey.  Each, like the scarecrow, tin man, and lion, bring brainy ideas, a lot of heart, and give me the courage when I’m off to see “The Wizard,” which in my case is a publisher, or literary agent!  In a writer’s world that is often fraught with rejection, dismissiveness, and skepticism, courage is a much desired, and necessary quality. 

Intelligence, heart, and courage; all of these characteristics were evident in the late, great, Captain Arthur Haggerty, perhaps no more so when in 2005, he set out to pay tribute to his hero, William Judy, and his goals for National Dog Week.  In launching a web site for this observance, Haggerty sought to have National Dog Week honored in a way it had been in the past.  Unfortunately, the original site is no longer available to all us, taken over by a commercial dog supplier who probably never heard of Will Judy, the founder of National Dog Week (invitation to prove me wrong, here)!  

Reading my treasured, worn copy of Haggerty’s site, I am always inspired to carry on with my book, even when I am discouraged by nay sayers, and people who just don’t get it.  This legendary dog trainer to the stars truly spoke to the every man, seeing every single person as an instrument to do some good in the world, especially when it came to dogs.

Intelligence, heart, courage, easy to define, and spot, right?  But apparently, those qualities are in the eye of the beholder.  Take for instance, the fact that NFL star Michael Vick, has been chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles to receive the Ed Block Courage Award in March.  This award, established for a man who worked on behalf of abused and neglected children, is awarded each year by team mates of each NFL team,  to a player who has overcome insurmountable difficulties.  In this case, Mr. Vick.

Understandably, this has enraged PETA, and dog lovers everywhere.  For those who don’t know, last July, Michael Vick was released from prison after serving time for his participation in illegal dog fighting rings, a nasty, senseless side-business for this misunderstood, “underpaid” athelete.  According to Vick’s friends and team mates (and press agent?), Vick has done his time and is remorseful for his mistakes, reaching out to young people to educate them in proper ways to treat animals.

We can all stomp around, being outraged, cursing Vick, wanting him to be treated like the dogs he maimed and killed.  But in this nation, big money, and big sports rule, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.  Instead, take all that energy and start planning something positive for this year’s National Dog Week in September, just about when football season is really getting started.  The bigger problem may be that we, as a nation, have forgotten about the real role models of the world, like the person who put something as meaningful as National Dog Week on the American calendar.  Now, you can say that you know about this seven-day salute to the canine and bring to light all the work that still has to be done for the dogs of the nation.

William Lewis  Judy, while condemning Vick’s actions, would perhaps call upon his training in the ministry to find forgiveness for Michael Vick, but I don’t think he would forget.  And neither should we.


"Is it dog week yet?"

"Is it dog week yet?"

Michelle Mongelli and Wheezey

Pike, at Geiger Key

Hooper in the Keys

Hooper in the Keys

“Two Culprits” by Steven Hall

Logan & Koda


DJ Goes to Westminster

Zac and Cooper

"Look daddy, I can fly!"

“Hooper” – Best in Snow

Pita in Matt’s Garden

Hooper with cousin Roxy, Summer 2009

Me and my “Hoop”