This is the most common question I hear. Phone readings typically spark the most questions, such as do I have to put the phone up to my dog's ear or, where should I call from?
Prior to any reading, in person or by phone, I take a few minutes to pray and center myself (prayer is an integral part of my work). At the start, I remind the owner that animals can be introverted (shy) and extroverted (outgoing) just like people and that some animals are quick to chat, while others take a while to warm up. I also remind the owner that I am not a medical professional and that any suggestions I make regarding health, nutrition, exercise or supplements should be reviewed with your veterinarian prior to implementation. I then ask for the animal's name and, if this is a phone reading, I ask for a brief physical description. I proceed with some simple questions such as what the animal likes to eat, where he sleeps or an image of his favorite companion. I wait until the owner is able to confirm what the animal is telling me. This serves two purposes. One, it validates for the owner that their pet is indeed passing on personal information. Secondly, and this is especially important for phone readings, it provides me with confirmation that I am communicating with the correct animal.
Proximity to the animals is of no importance when doing readings. The animals are perfectly capable of communicating long distance. The images, sensations and feelings the animals send to me are not hindered by distance. When I am conducting a phone reading it is not necessary for the owner to hold the phone up to the animal. In fact, it is not necessary for the animal to be in the presence of the owner.