Verdi resident Tricia Hunter says she can communicate telepathically with animals, and she can answer those questions.
Hunter attended the Nevada Humane Society’s All Things Cats convention Saturday at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, where she spoke about her talent. Hunter has been tuning in telepathically for about 30 years now and said she trained for four years to learn to communicate without speaking.
“It is mental telepathy,” Hunter said. “Anyone can do this. Telepathy is a mental connection between you and another being.”
Although she can communicate with humans, Hunter said she prefers animals.
“Animals are easier because they don’t have so much going on,” she said, explaining animals are usually more open to communicate than people.
For a cat enthusiast such as Hunter, who owns a boarding facility and pet training service that she operates along with her telepathic communication service, Saturday’s cat convention was the perfect place to meet potential clients.
The Paradise Ballroom at the Atlantis was filled with 100 “tiny tigers,” “mini panthers” and “supersized cats” for adoption at a discounted rate, along with a number of cat supply vendors, grooming specialists and members of the public interested in cat adoption.
“I’m not doing readings today,” Hunter said. “I like to do it on a one-on-one basis. Today I am just here to talk to people.”
When Hunter communicates with an animal, she said she receives responses in the form of mental pictures which are shown from the animal’s perspective.
“Our words are pictures,” she said. “If I tell you I have a pencil, you are going to picture a pencil. Now, if I get more detailed and say the pencil is chewed up and the eraser is missing, you will picture that.”
Animals send messages telepathically in much the same manner, she said.
The hardest part about training to use telepathy, Hunter said, is believing the messages being received are legitimate.
“Learning to tune in is the hardest part,” she said. “The hardest part is learning to receive and knowing you aren’t crazy.”
In the beginning, Hunter could not believe some of the messages she was getting.
“A lot of times, the animal would be kind enough to show me,” she said, adding she doesn’t struggle with feelings of disbelief anymore.
Nowadays, it is just other people who have a hard time believing Hunter’s claim that she can communicate with pets, she said.
Hunter’s husband, Barry, who has been with her from the beginning of her telepathic career, said people often ask for proof.
“Like that engineer from Minnesota,” Barry said, as his wife picked up the story from there.
Hunter said the man’s wife called because the couple had just gotten a new dog that was not mixing in with their other dogs and they wanted to know why. The husband got on the phone and said he did not believe in telepathy and asked Hunter to prove her abilities.
“The husband apologized upfront and said, ‘Show me,’ ” Hunter said.
The husband told Hunter he had a test for her.
“My dogs drink out of something very special in the backyard,” the man said. “Describe that.”
“So I tuned into the dogs,” Hunter said. “I saw what looked like a downspout, then they showed me a rocky bowl that the water was in.”
Hunter described what she was seeing to the man, and said he “laughed and laughed” because she had just described a fountain in the backyard he built that the dogs drink from.
“They ended up sending me a picture of the fountain,” Hunter said with a laugh.
“That same couple called back about a month later and said the new dog, Bear, had a health problem,” she said. “But the vets couldn’t figure out what it was.”
Although Hunter does not normally like to deal with health issues (she prefers to refer pet owners to veterinarians), she agreed to see if she could figure out why the dog was sick.
Hunter said the dog showed her he was eating prickly balls off a plant in the back yard, and communicated to her that he felt sick after ingesting the plants.
“The owners went to the backyard, and sure enough that is what was making him sick,” she said.
Another client contacted Hunter to figure out why their little dog was repeatedly using a small, round piece of carpet to relieve itself. Hunter said she tuned into the dog and found out it was using the piece of carpet because it believed that would please its owner.
“The dog said you spend a lot of time messing around with the cat box, and he thinks you enjoy that,” Hunter said she told the owner.
The Hunters own and operate Hideout Cattery in Verdi, an in-home cat sitting service. For more information, visit www.hideoutcattery.com. To set up appointments for PeTalks or CaTalks with Tricia, call 345-7877.
Kimberly Chandler, spokesperson for the humane society, said 58 cats were adopted during Saturday’s convention.
“The remaining cats came back (to the shelter) and there is a good chance they were adopted Sunday or Monday,” Chandler said, adding the humane society is running a new “beach party” promotion through Feb. 3 in which adult cats can be adopted for just $15 (adult dogs are $40).
Lilli Walker, special events manager for Nevada Humane Society, said animals available for adoption have microchips, are spayed or neutered and have received all their vaccinations.
“Those services normally cost $200,” Walker said, so adopting an animal from the humane society is a great deal.