Angel Pets by Margrit Coates – with Gassie – my angel!

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I have just had an email from my friend animal healer Margrit Coates with the wonderful news that her latest book Angel Pets is just out. Margrit is one of the world's leading animal healers and communicators and I can't wait to get my copy, which of course I'll review for you here.

And the exciting news for me is that the book includes Gassie's story! Gassie you will know is my internet rescue English setter (lying in his usual place at my feet as I type this!) and I was in touch with Margrit as I went through the decision of whether or not to go ahead with the adoption and then once I adopted him, a year ago. She said there was a 'strong heart connection' between us.

It is absolutely true. Gassie and I have a very special bond that I can't explain. This was confirmed for me in spectacular style one morning a few months ago. I was asking the universe if a very strange experience I had had the day before was a real example of manifesting. Real proof that there was 'something out there' bigger than ourselves. As I silently asked this question, Gassie came in, shook himself and a small silver piece of paper fell on the floor. I picked it up, it was the push-through part of a pill packet, except that I have never seen those kind of pills. But what was extraordinary, in view of the question I had just asked and my relationshipwith Gassie, was that the print on the little foil disc said ANGELI -  the Italian word for angels!

Pet Book Reviews

I’m an avid reader and I know many of you are too. Books are friends, right? On this page I’ll share some of my favourite animal books and pet books.

Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors’ Stories of the Pets who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited for Their Return compiled by Susan Bulanda

Award-winning author and dog trainer Susan Bulanda isn’t Jewish, but the account in The Diary of Anne Frank of a Jewish family in the Second World War risking their lives to bring their pet cat with them as they were forced into hiding from the Nazis set her thinking.

What had happened to the pets of people sent away to concentration camps or exiled because of the Holocaust? As far as she knew no-one had ever investigated this aspect of the atrocity and so she made it her mission to find out.

Through putting ads in Jewish publications, stories began to emerge of brave and faithful dogs and cats who had never been forgotten by their owners, even after more than 60 years. They expressed their thanks to her, grateful that at last they were being allowed to give voice to the stories they had kept to themselves for so long. That they could finally express the love they had for their pets. A love that often kept them going through unimaginable nightmares.

The result is this moving little book which at times brought me to tears. I read it surrounded by my three dogs and as they rested their soft heads on my feet and lap and leaned into my body, I was made even more aware of the incredible bond we humans have with our pets and what terrible anguish the owners and animals must have gone through.

The writers of these stories are from Poland and France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Holland and Romania. They were children at the time of the Holocaust but the love and bond they had with these very special pets is as fresh and almost palpable in these stories as it was then.

I won’t pretend this book isn’t hard to read. I put off opening it for a few months after it was sent for me to review because I thought it would be too sad. But then today I took a deep breath, took it off the shelf and started to read.

What I found was a series of simply told tales of loyalty that will make you cry but also give you hope.

Because love never dies.


Doggerel: The Moving Memoirs of Rescue Dogs and Their Second Lives, in Poetry and Prose  

by Angela Patmore

The first thing to say about Doggerel is that it is being sold in aid of ADCH (the Association of Dogs’ and Cats’ Homes) an umbrella organisation embracing animal charities, shelters and rescue organisations large and small in the UK and Southern Ireland.  The timing of the book is is not coincidental. Angela writes: “During a recession people throw out their dogs like old shoes to save money, so this book has been written to focus people’s minds on this emergency and what it really measns. Waifs and strays that cannot be found room for end up in vans bound for the local vet’s or agency kennels where they have a few days’ grace before being quietly destroyed, never to trouble the animal-loving British public again.’ This underlines the difference between the UK and Italy that is often forgotten in our rush to condemn il bel paese. In the UK healthy dogs are put to sleep.’Last year alone, Battersea put down a third of its intake because there was simply no room for them or becasue they were considered unsuitable for rehoming.’

The format is unusual. First there are poems and photos illustrating the story of fifty strays and their (mainly) happy endings. This is followed by information on where to find your nearest rescue shelter in the UK and then a valuable and immensly practical section on how to care for a rescue dog, Angela’s background and wealth of experience shining through on every page.

The poems are very clever, each written in a style that reflects the personality of the rescue dog. Some will bring you to tears, an effect that the author fully intends, stating: ‘These dogs’ verses were intended to touch your heart. If they succeeded and you are now considering giving an unwanted dog a place in your home, please make sure you have thought it through.’

If you love dogs and particularly rescue dogs then this book thoroughly deserves a place in your collection. It would also make a perfect gift for a dog-loving friend and the fact that the money goes towards helping the UK’s ‘struggling sanctuaries’ is an added bonus.

If you gain nothing else from reading this book, and I assure you, you will gain a lot, it is to think about rescue dogs. Why they are there and if you could take one in. In the words of wonderful, compassionate Angela: “Before you go out and buy a new dog, please come to any of the nation’s ADCH shelters and look at their second-hand rows. Whether or not you meet a friend, it will bring home to you the enormity of the problem throughout the UK and the callousness with which people have shrugged off their responsibilities. You will see faces to amuse you, faces to accuse you and, if you have any feelings at all, faces to break your heart. In the words of Dogs Trust’s famous slogan, A dog is for life not just for Christmas.’


Heart to Heart – Pea Horsley

Pea Horsley is an animal communicator. I have interviewed her and have also had a reading from her when my cat Jingles died, so I was delighted to receive a copy of her book. I read it on a trip to the UK but I wouldn’t recommend doing that in public, unless you don’t mind people seeing you with tears rolling down your face!

Pea started off as a sceptic and that immediately caught my attention. She attended a workshop in animal communication thinking that basically it was all cobblers, but to her immense astonishment she found she could actually do it! The book chronicles her growing interest in communicating with animals, the numerous training courses she attends, getting the push to leave her stage management job to do the work full time and there are also many case studies that will leave you reaching for the tissues – unless you have a heart made of a brick.

Pea gets in touch with the consciousness of an animal and sees through its eyes, feels what it feels and understands its likes and dislikes, its past history, its fears and its needs, including the best time for it to leave this life. The animal can also pass on its insights into the owner’s life and issues. Pea works with the animal itself or with a photo showing its eyes and has had remarkable success. She even made the national press when she found a missing dog buried underground. But she can also communicate with pets that have died and as well as offering remarkable evidence that she is indeed in touch with the animal concerned, she can also offer tremendous reassurance to the owner. In my own case, even the act of booking the reading made me feel better and what she told me about the way Jingles died and how he was now helped me a great deal.

The book is touching, warm and totally convincing. Pea is an amazing person and anyone who loves animal should get a copy.

Hands on Healing for Pets – Margrit Coates

Margrit Coates in Britain’s leading healer and a lovely person to boot, as I know from having interviewed her and sent people to her for help.
This book tells the story of how she became a healer and the various animals she has helped in her fascinating and varied career. I like books that tell you how to do things and this book  gives step by step instructions on how to apply healing energy to your own pets and even animals in the wild, using a non invasive and gentle technique.
Many animals can be greatly helped by a healing treatment and anyone can achieve good results, especially owners who have a strong bond with the animal. This is the perfect book to introduce you to the benefits of healing energy and is written in a friendly and down to earth style. Strongly recommended.

One Dog at a Time – Saving the Strays of Helmand by Pen Farthing

I heard about this book and was compelled to buy it. I wasn’t disappointed. It tells the true story of how Pen, a Royal Marine posted to Now Zad in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, befriended the local stray dogs who had been appallingly treated by the locals, who used them for dog fighting. He intervenes and rescues them, creating a makeshift sanctuary in the soldier’s compound. More and more dogs start to make their way to Pen’s improvised dog shelter and he finds himself dividing his time between looking after them, the young soldiers under him and fighting the Taliban.
But once Pen’s tour of duty ends, he is faced with the dilemma of what to do with his beloved dogs. To cut a long and heartwarming story short, he ends up bringing some dogs home with him to the UK and setting up the Nowzad Dogs charity. A remarkable and inspiring story.

Angel Dogs by Allen and Linda Anderson
This collection of true stories will delight dog lovers out there. There are all kinds of stories showing the amazing abilities of man’s best friend, from dog healers to dog heroes. This is the sort of book to give as a gift to a dog lover or to treat yourself to. They say on the cover the book will ‘capture a piece of your heart’ and I have to confess it captured mine completely!

The Animal Healer by Elizabeth Whiter
Elizabeth Whiter discovers her healing ability when her horse Wow is seriously injured during a storm and is discovered to have broken his neck in three places. She is advised to have him put down, but on a memorable and emotional night in his stable she tries healing and is amazed to find it works.
Elizabeth shares her life as a healer with us and her many case studies. What I found fascinating was her description of zoopharmacognosy, which is something I hadn’t heard of before. It is the science of animal self-medication – an animal’s ability to self select the correct healing herbs and oils it needs and it is a fundamental part of Elizabeth’s healing practice. Fascinating stuff!

Interview With Pet Healer Margrit Coates

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We know that keeping pets benefits our health so wouldn’t it be great to return the compliment? Well, it is possible to make a positive energy connection with your animal using a hands on healing technique. You are probably familiar with ‘spiritual healing,’ as it sometimes referred to, being used on people but it can be immensely beneficial for animals too.

 Margrit Coates is the UKs leading pet healer and has written four books on the subject, the first one being the acclaimed Healing for Horses. She’s appeared on tv and radio on numerous occasions and has written the Pet’s Corner column in the Daily Mail.

I first found out about her when I read the amazing Hands On Healing for Pets recently which explains in detail how to do that very thing –  apply hands on healing to your own animals. Having a long standing interest in healing and having done it reasonably successfully on my own animals I wanted to interview Margrit for this site. We
had a great conversation.

Margrit defines pet healing as ‘a human making contact with an animal’s electro-magnetic field to help on whatever level possible, mental, emotional or physical.’ She explains that no-one is quite sure of how this healing energy works or where it comes from, but her own feeling is that it is non denominational and emanates from a supreme being or force to which all life is connected.

The beauty of talking to Margrit and reading her books is that she gives you confidence to try healing for yourself. She believes everyone has the ability to heal on some level and that the animal benefits enormously. It deepens the connection between you and your pet and helps both of you relax. She makes it clear that it does not take the place of a visit to the vet and that healing can’t mend broken bones or cure terminal illnesses, but it can alleviate stress and pain, helping release endorphins which are the body’s own pain killers, and it gives the pet a feeling of well-being. It can help medicine be more effective. It is totally safe, non-invasive and free. There are no down sides with this at all!

 Margrit tells me that hands on healing has been the subject of hundreds of documented scientific studies. ‘More than a hundred volts of energy has been measured coming from a healer’s hands,’ she says. ‘When healers make a connection, it has been demonstrated that  blood flow increases in certain areas in the brain – the frontal lobe and the limbic system.’

OK, I’m convinced! But let’s get down to the nitty gritty. How do you actually do it? What should you feel? How do you know you’re doing it right?

 Margrit recommends that before you try healing with your pet you set aside some time when you will not be disturbed (turn off the phone and tv). Remove any magnetic jewellery on your and your pet. You need to get into a positive and relaxed state of mind by meditating first or listening to soothing music. Although you may usually get relaxed with a glass of the local red alcohol is best avoided when healing as it weakens the energy flow. For the same reason you should not try healing if you are feeling under the weather or are emotionally upset. You basically have to be in a calm, relaxed state where you are ‘thinking healing’ and not about what to make for dinner, whether you have left the iron on or whether you should file for divorce! Your pet too should be relaxed rather than excited and wanting to play.

 ‘Energy follows thought,’ explains Margrit. ‘So just let your mind drift. If you are having difficulty with this then just keep repeating “I love you and I want to help you,” in your mind.’ She says  you then place your hands gently and lightly on the animal ‘like a butterfly landing’ or hold them just above. (I confess to getting better results when my hands are held an inch or two above the animal.) ‘Watch the animal, observe and stay focussed. Direct your energy outwards. Have confidence and keep going even if you can’t feel anything happening. You don’t have to hold your hands over a  articular place, although you may be drawn to do so,’ she continues. ‘Because the body will take the healing it needs, which may not necessarily be where you expect it.’  

Some people feel their hands get hot during healing, some (like me) feel cold spots or tingling. ‘But don’t worry,’ says Margrit. ‘We are all different and some of the most powerful healers feel nothing at all. The animal always benefits though.’

What if you are trying to help a wild animal or something you can’t get close enough to touch? Margrit says you can still heal. ‘I have done it numerous times,’ she says. ‘If I am outside I imagine a light beam between my eyes and turn my palms upwards with the fingers pointed close to my body. Then I imagine shooting beams of light at the animal, which focuses my healing thoughts. It doesn’t have to take very long as the healing is very fast.’

 Does the animal display any signs that the healing is working? ‘Yes, there is an immediate peaceful effect, the eyelids may droop, the animal may become sleepy or even fall asleep,’ says Margrit. ‘It may twitch or stretch out or even look at your hands. Some may move to direct your hands to a particular spot on the

body.’ Again on a personal note I have seen this happen and when trying healing on one of my own dogs, she actually took her paw and pushed my hand onto her stomach – can’t say it clearer than that, can you?  

Margrit points out that an animal does not have to be sick in order to benefit from healing. ‘You can do it to any animal to build up a better bond and to help it on so many levels, ‘she says.

 I talk to her about the many thousands of animals that need help, that have been maltreated and are in cages or suffering as we speak. I have written about some of these on the site. Can healing help them in any way? ‘We can send healing thoughts,’ she replies. ‘Wherever there is an animal in need then healing thoughts will reach it on some level. Of course it is easy to feel despondent and think is it enough, but I would like to tell you about a scientific experiment mentioned on Lynn McTaggart’s Intention Experiment site. In this experiment, a group of people in London were asked to make a geranium leaf in Arizona that had been cut from a plant and punctured with holes “glow and glow”. The results were astounding. Ten minutes of intention had a measurable result in the light emissions of the leaf and these were visible in the digital images created by the CCD cameras. The control leaf remained unchanged.’

It makes you think doesn’t it? Of what we are capable of and what the power of thought can do, especially if a group of like minded people with open minds and the intention to do good get together. ‘Imagine if the whole world did that.’ says Margrit. ‘If everyone decided to use their inner gifts for healing. Imagine what good we could do.’

 It’s a tall order. You may feel daunted at the enormity of the task of trying to help heal thousands if not millions of animals. But start small like the geranium leaf experiment. Start on your own pets and watch the results. You don’t have to be psychic or gifted or New Agey or anything. Just have an open mind and an open heart and see what little miracles you can achieve.

Margrit’s website is