Pros: Pet Psychic is entertaining.
Cons: Some people actually believe this stuff.
"MY GOD! What were you thinking?!?!" I've heard that plenty of times from my wife Karen. I can answer, however reluctantly, "I didn't know it would get hot enough to start a fire," or "Who'd have thought it wouldn't hold my weight." Even when I don't screw up, I sometimes get the popular and inflation-proof, "Penny for your thoughts." (That seems cheap, but it's more than Epinions pays.)
We can't seem to help ourselves, prying into the minds of others. Television shows "Crossing Over" and "Beyond" tell us they can connect us with the dearly departed. 'Pet Psychic' on Animal Planet claims to help pet owners communicate with their animals, dead or alive. The show's star, Sonya Fitzpatrick, doesn't limit herself to any one species. The Pet Psychic can diagnose your dog, do a reading for you rat, communicate with your cockatoo, or assess your @ss.
Sonya's bio on the Animal Planet website says that she discovered her ability as a youngster. She found she could 'talk' to the animals on her family's farm in England and began gossiping with the village animals. She ditched her amazing gift when her father gave her a little goose one day. Her served up her three best friends, geese from the farm, for Christmas dinner.
Ah, but what motivation fame and fortune are. One has to admire the insight that has gotten Sonya to this point. No, not insight into the thoughts of animals, but into the hearts and minds of pet owners and animal lovers. She is a master at exploiting the bond between owner and pet and the desire of the owners to communicate with their animals. Sonya uses questions in her sessions to guide the reading. Who is the other animal at home? shell ask in a probe to then explore the relationship between the two pets. My favorite was when the Pet Psychic asked two girls in their 20s with a problem cat whether they swore at him when he misbehaved. When they said that they in fact did, Sonya explained that the cat had cursed while talking to her and that he must have learned those words from the girls.
Yes, you can call me a skeptic, or maybe more accurately a non-believer. Does anyone else notice that when supposedly deep in conversation Sonya is focused on the animal while at the same time the animal nervously looks about the studio ready to bolt for the door at any time. That dog seems to be saying, Let me out of here, and not, Mommy and Daddy love the new kitten more than they love me.
Sonya is charming, though. She often calls animals and people alike Darling and refers to pet owners as Mommy and Daddy. Her British accent and proper attitude make it a hoot when she has to tromp through the manure filled barnyard to visit a larger farm animal when instead you would have pictured her taking tea on the patio.
I enjoy the show for its entertainment value and for the chance to feel above it all. I can sit there and ridicule the people on the show for believing the manure that Sonya and Animal Planet are spreading with Pet Psychic. At least I can do that until the segment that Karens brother and his wife filmed with their dog Surge and the Pet Psychic. I may see something then, when Surge (a Great Dane that has held the title of Largest Dog in the Orlando Area) talks with Sonya about his illness and the other two dogs in their house. Maybe then I will believe...maybe.