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4                      Pet Psychics Prey on the Desperate

              Pet Psychics prey on

          people who are desperate

                     By Dave Stancliff
                and The Times-Standard

        I love animals, and hate to see pet owners

        I’m not referring to owners who buy organic pet
        food, or those who take their animals to a
        regular veterinarian to assure their health, or
        who buy expensive toys for their pets. I’m not
        even talking about people who fly their pets on
        specialty airlines (

        Those scenarios seem perfectly reasonable if
        you have the money and the inclination. If you
        love your animal, and millions of Americans do
        — to the tune of $47.7 billion in 2009 according
        to American Pet Products — then the expense
        seems justified. Non-pet owners may disagree
        and shake their heads. I say to each his own, as  Communication? This ability to chat it up with
        long as there’s mutual respect and no one is     dead animals doesn’t just happen after a vision      Ask Sue London The Pet
        being cheated.                                   or something.                                                Psychic Show

        With that established, I want to share where I   You have to go to a special place like the
        draw the line between “reasonable” as            Gurney Institute of  Animal Communication                             by
        mentioned above, and expenses that are really    (www.gurney, to find
        elaborate rip-offs.                              the answer. After working in the “field” for 20      The ‘X’ Zone Broadcast
                                                         years, Carol Gurney established the institute in                 Network
        When someone tells you they can find your        2008. Since then, she claims she has trained
        missing animal because they talk with the pet’s  “thousands”         of       animal        pet
        spirits/energies, you will become a victim if you  psychics/communicators.
        buy it. If they claim to talk with dead animals or
        to heal your pet’s illness by touching them,     Does all this sound a little “off-kilter” to you?
        smile, wish them a good day, and slowly back     You’re not the only one. Joe Nickell, a senior
        away.                                            research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical
                                                         Inquiry (, says pet psychics are
        I searched the web for a good example of a pet   a rip-off. Nickell, a self-proclaimed full-time
        psychic/communicator and came up with Ellen      paranormal investigator, claims he’s seen it all
        Kohn ( Her           in 40 years of research. He prides himself on
        beautifully laid out website offers numerous     knowing all the tricks used on the pet psychic’s
        psychic services for pet owners.                 clients.  You might say he’s a modern day
                                                         Houdini (who loved to expose fraudulent people
        Kohn recently completed an accredited program    psychics) on a 21st century mission.
        and received her Spiritual Counseling Degree.
        I’ll go into where you can get such a degree     Nickell calls the pet psychic’s approach with
        shortly, but first, let’s examine what she offers  clients “the art of fishing for information.” He
        pet owners:                                      explains that cold reading, a technique where
                                                         the psychic asks questions instead of stating     Effective Immediately:  The
        According     to   her   website,    she   has   facts, makes general statements and watches for   'X' Zone Broadcast Network
        communication skills that help track lost        body language clues, is an important tool in the
        animals; she talks with live and deceased        pet psychic’s box of tricks.                      and The 'X' Zone TV Channel
        animals; she can heal animals by touching them;                                                    have        CANCELLED                   all
        and she solves any emotional traumas or          Simply put, the pet isn’t going to give anything
        imbalances your pet may have. Move over Dr.      away. The pet psychic really reads the owner.     audio, video and archives of
        Doolittle.                                       The people who are vulnerable to these psychics   "Ask Sue London,  The Pet
                                                         are grieving pet owners, or desperate people
        Kohn can hold long distance “chats” via a        with pets that in need a physical miracle.        Psychic" as it was determined
        meditative process and uses crystals for (you                                                      that information submitted to
        guessed it) clarity and perception. She writes   I don’t think all pet-psychics are intentional
        everything down — any questions you may          frauds. There are some who really think they’re   us had been false and
        have — and follows up with phone                 helping. The tipping point is money. If none is   misleading and contrary to the
        consultations with owner and pet.  These         required, then you can safely explore without
        consultations can last for months.               being exploited.                                  quality of broadcasting that
                                                                                                           we broadcast to listeners,
        Kohn also employs the 38 Bach Flower             As It Stands, if there’s one thing I’m sure of it’s
        remedies created by British physician Dr.        the special bond between pets and their owners.   viewers and publish for
        Edward Bach in the 1930s.  Where did Kohn        It is no different than the bond between humans;  readers.
        learn this and stuff like Spirit-to-Spirit       called love. []
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