Q & A with a ChicagoNow Blogger: Peggy Saturday's "Mars and Venus Go To A Game"

ChicagoNow bloggers cover a lot of territory, and there is something for every taste and viewpoint. I’m not a rabid sports fan, but I make an exception for Peggy Sabado. Writing as Peggy “Saturday” (the literal translation of her last name into English), she takes us on a journey through the highways and side streets... Read more »

MN Pets Helps With Euthanasia - But They Need To Know These 2 Things

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Dr. Rebecca McComas has a good heart and great intentions. Her company, MN Pets, provides “gentle euthanasia” services in your home, and support during the grief process.  I admire and respect these goals.  When I came across her video ad, I thought that it was carefully constructed and oozed compassion as well as professionalism.  There... Read more »

Freedom for Imprisoned Laboratory Chimps - A Lesson in Compassion

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It’s easy to say that animals must be used for experimentation so people can live healthier lives. We quote biblical text that gives humans “dominion” over other creatures. Watch this video and think again about whether we are superior. Animals do make life choices – some of them are agreements to accept treatment no person... Read more »
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How To Change The World

One of my favorite movie scenes is from The Untouchables, with Kevin Costner as FBI agent Eliott Ness complaining about the difficulty of putting gangster/bootlegger Al Capone behind bars without compromising his ethics. The jaded Chicago Police officer played by Sean Connery finally issues a direct challenge to the whining Ness: “What are you willing... Read more »

What Do Animals Know? Experience animal communication this Saturday!

I’m often asked when I became aware that I was an “animal whisperer” and the truth is – never! I wasn’t the kind of kid who saw dead ancestors at the foot of my bed, and I didn’t have a conscious awareness of what my pets were trying to tell me. Maybe if I had,... Read more »

Locating Lost Pets

In my animal communication practice, I’m frequently asked about the possibility of locating lost pets. This is difficult work, and I continue to learn the newest techniques from practitioners who have a deeper understanding of the process of locating lost pets. Many animal communicators avoid lost pet work, for several reasons. A successful outcome is... Read more »
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Letter From A Dead Cat - Boo's Christmas Greeting 2013

So I’m dead – so what? I have more time to write the annual Christmas letter and it’s a nice way to check in on my family from beyond. So let’s do that, shall we? It’s been a year of transition for the Johnson family.  After 2012, many of you are feeling the shift in... Read more »

Chris P. Bacon - The Pig On Wheels

Too often, we become discouraged by stories of cruelty toward our fellow creatures, forgetting the many compassionate people who open their hearts to animals who appear to be destined for euthanasia.  Sometimes, they aren’t well-behaved or suited to the families who adopt them.  Sometimes, they aren’t beautiful enough, or amusing enough, or smart enough, or... Read more »

Do Animals Know They Are Dying?

I found an intriguing blog post by Jessica Winter, in which she explores the question of whether her cat was trying to convey her own impending death.  Jessica consulted several scientists and did a great job of presenting a range of opinions about whether animals are conscious of their own mortality and will try to... Read more »
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Being Thankful - What Animals Teach Us

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for what animals have taught me about gratitude – not just the cats who share my home, and the ones I’m fostering outside, but those whose gifts are part of our celebrations and connected to our lives without our notice or appreciation.  Today, I want to stop and say thank you.... Read more »
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    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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