The Animals Have Been My Greatest Teachers

‘Winston and Chuchhill’ mixed media on paper -were a commissioned portrait

Interestingly the Animals give me the grace to learn from them. I watch them and I speak to them, I ask them questions and I can hear their answers in my head, or they send me a picture or I can feel what they are saying to me from a nuance, a movement or gesture in their face or in their body.

But mainly and most of all I can feel what they are saying from the heart felt connection that puts both of us here on Earth. All of us God’s Children or how ever you call your higher power. We are all here on Earth together to understand one another, to learn from one another and to learn to love first ourselves and then each other.

‘Baby’ 12″ x 16″ oil paint on canvas – donated to Terra Cotta Hall and Centre

And that is what the  Animals have to teach us how to love one another. If you approach an Animal with love in your heart. You will begin to understand them and feel what they are feeling and what they are thinking and they you.

‘Fluffy White Kitty’ 4′ x 6′ oil paint on canvas – part of The Craven Road Fence Project

If you approach an Animal with fear in your heart. They will feel your fear and uncertainty from you about them and they will put up their shields and go into offence mode or even defence mode depending on how fearful you are feeling.

Because if you are feeling to afraid you are already thinking of an attach plan. And they know it. And they are feeling the need to protect themselves.

If you approach a Person with love in your heart. You will begin to understand them and feel what they are feeling and what they are thinking and they you.

If you approach an Person with fear in your heart. They will feel your fear and uncertainty from you about them and they will put up their shields and go into offence mode or even defence mode depending on how fearful you are feeling. Because if you are feeling to afraid you are already thinking of an attach plan. And they know it. And they are feeling the need to protect themselves.

The Black Trumpeter Swans have taken over a year to feel comfortable with me. Or I will say the male, but he has finally agreed to a wee photo shoot. So here they doing their thing and talking to the New Guinea Singing Dogs. 

Lots of Love XO Christine And The Animals. Learn to Whisper with The Animals sign up for our Newsletter

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Speak Your Truth


‘Always Together Forever’ 5′ x 7′ oil on canvas

Wolves don’t take any, you know what, dukey, a new word I just learned when I moved up here, means kaka. All of the Animals need you to speak your truth.

The Animal world requires Truth, if you want them to hear you otherwise they will not listen.

Wolves are especially clear about this. No manipulations, control or leaving out the truth to get your own way. They just turn off and will not respond or will respond, without the love.

‘One Couple Always’ 5′ x 7′ oil on canvas

I Love Wolves and have continued to paint them through out my career as an artist. I have also always had wolves or rather part wolves. My first dog Tanya was half Arctic wolf and half long haired collie.


The wolves I met here tell me that chihuahuas are called ‘The Little Wolf’ they are not like regular dogs, but closest to the wolves. So now we have Caleb.

This is a very young Caleb. He is our Chihuahua. I will have to do a new painting of Caleb he turned one in September. He is probably about 4 months here. Very cute Baby Caleb.

‘Baby Caleb’ 9″ x 12″ acrylic paint and mixed media on Stonehenge paper

Speak Your Truth 

 Basic Guidelines to The Pet Generation 

The Pet Generation program is based on love, respect and common sense. Our pets love us absolutely and completely, their world revolves around us. What they want most of all is our love and attention. When your pet is misbehaving it is usually because something is bothering them and they are trying to get your attention.

Fear of the unknown

Now I want you understand that our pets love us absolutely and completely and their greatest fear is that we should stop loving them.

When something changes in our lives and we change our patterns or our lifestyle. What happens is our animals often think that they have done something wrong and that we no longer love them or that they are being punished.

How Our Pets Understand Us – Talk to Your Pet

 When we speak to our animals they understand us and if you have a problem with that idea than you do understand that they most certainly understand the feelings that come from our heart and those feelings carry the message of our words.

 Now I am going to be honest with you, there is nobody that I have worked with that does not talk to their Animals.

What there is is a variety of beliefs to what people believe there pets can comprehend, and I am not here to dispute that, we all have our own belief systems, what I am here to do is to help you solve your pets problems and create a deeper knowledge and understanding between you and your pet.

So we all talk to our pets, and we all believe, or at least anyone that I have met believes that they understand the message that comes from our heart, our love and intention, and our feelings.

We are constantly talking to our animals asking them to do this or that. Our animals need to know why we want them to do something, how important it is to us. It does not matter whether you believe that they understand the feeling and love attached to our words or the words themselves, they understand enough that it makes a difference when we explain why to them. They hear what is in our hearts.

The analogy I use is; when you are working for someone and they are constantly telling you what to do, ordering you around, do this do that, without any kind of an explanation, eventually you start to resent obeying their constant commands.

As opposed to when you are working for someone who when they ask you to do something they explain why you are doing it and what you are all trying to create together. All of a sudden you become a team or family and feel worthy and you strive to accomplish what your boss has asked of you.

That is the difference about explaining why, again whether you believe they are understanding the words or the love, feelings and intentions attached to those words they are understanding the message that is coming from your heart, that you are loving and respecting them and that it is important to you.

One very important thing to remember when talking to your animal family member or explaining why always be absolutely and completely honest, otherwise they stop listening or picking up your feelings.

We as humans like people to see things our way or from our perspective so sometimes we will leave out some facts or manipulate the story or even downright tell a fib. Here is where you lose your pets attention. If you want them to do something and you are explaining why you need to be absolutely and completely honest other wise they don’t hear you, if you are not speaking from the heart you might as well not bother.

Unconditional Love = Love + Respect

‘Leo and Star Having A Glass of Milk’ 3’x 4′ oil on canvas

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Just Say What You Mean

Thank you Marie Forleo And Your Team for Bschool. And All of Your Help And  Lots of Love to Kuma.

The Craven Rd. Fence Project

These are my paintings on the Craven Rd. Fence, part of Toronto’s Beautification project for the city.

One afternoon Zalman and I were down at the barn doing some work with the sheep. I came out of the barn to see what Zalman was yelling about and there running about in a few of the sheep fields were a group of Hounds. He was trying to round them up. “They must have escaped from the Hound rescue,” he said.

Now he managed to get them into one area but he couldn’t get near them. “Wait down here with them, I’ll go up to the house and call the Hound rescue,” (prior to cell phones).

So he went up to the house to make the call. And I got down closer to the ground and started to talk to them. I was telling them not to be scared and everything was going to be okay. They had come to the right place in getting lost. Rose and Zalman loved Animals and we would soon have them safe and sound and back home. They had been very upset when they first arrived and were still somewhat anxious.

But as I spoke they became calmer and as I continued to talk to them with  understanding and love and respect. They could hear me speak to them with absolute truth. I was speaking to them in the way I would want to be spoken to and treated if I was afraid, anxious and upset and lost, and they all began to calm down.

They came to me one by one and by the time Zalman had made his call and gotten back from the house. I was kneeling on the ground holding all of them by their collars in both my hands and everyone was quiet.

And I want it to be clear that Zalman and Rose were incredible with the Animals and I learned so much about love and caring for the Animals from them and about respecting myself.

But what I had done with the hounds is treated them exactly the way I would have wanted to be treated with Love and Respect.

With all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the years. As soon as they add the respect part, everything starts to work and make sense. Because honestly all of the people I have worked with love their Animals. Love and Respect = Unconditional Love.

The Question: How to train a dog to not go to the bathroom in the house and also how to use a pee pad in the house.

Now the dog in this painting is Tripod. I did this painting many years ago, I had just finished school and moved back to Toronto. Tripod’s dad was a photographer and Tripod was a three legged dog. He lost his leg in a car accident when he was a puppy. Tripod always liked to make a statement, thus peeing just outside of the dog run.

How to train a dog to not go to the bathroom in the house

Always start with the talk. So when you want your Animal to do something understand that their bottom line is always love so if you explain exactly what you want and why you want it, with love and respect and understanding you are going to get a lot further with what you are needing from them.

Lets start with something very basic. If you are able to the best thing you can do for your dog to start them out in terms of bathroom training is to take them for walks outside.

Now you can transition this through to pee pad training, or having a special blanket or area in the house that they can go to the bathroom but if you can start by walking them it will be easier and faster.

As a dog walks his/her body naturally is processing everything inside and it is working it’s way out. (Just like with people) And if you start every morning with a  15 to 20 minute walk they will get into the habit and feel the good feeling of peeing outside. Now I would suggest you do this three to four times a day. First thing in the morning before he has time to think about peeing inside. Then again around lunch  and again before bed, if you can fit one in around dinner all the better. I suggest the first walk in the morning and the walk around dinner be the longer ones. The other two can be 10 to 15 minutes . You will start to see that they enjoy going outside. It is also very good to get your dog out after breakfast, but if you have walked earlier than a little time in the backyard should be fine, or what I call a quicky, under or 10 minute walk.

Do this for about two weeks. Now what they are doing is they are starting to enjoy having a specific place/outside to pee and maybe even poop. And try to keep the same route. They will establish regular areas. These areas will be places where other dogs have also peed. That is all good, just remarking and claiming territory. Sometimes poop takes a little longer to get into, but two weeks should work for both.

After the two weeks of walking you introduce the pee pad or blanket. And again first thing you do is sit down with them and have the talk. Explain how much you love them and what you are doing and why you want them to do this. The why is key. When you respect them enough to explain, it makes a difference.

Now you pick your pee pad, or blanket or whatever surface you would like them to use and you put it in a particular place. You can have a couple places if you like The key being pick that place or two places and that is always where the pee pad or blanket goes each and every time. You are establishing their territorial marking space, and it needs to be the same place.

And I am going to add if possible it is always good to take your dog for a walk. But if that is not possible than it is not.

Now the way you establish this as the peeing and pooing place is with complete and absolute diligence. So each and every time you see them peeing somewhere else you go to them say their name first, then say they No, Name you are not allowed to pee/poo here,  and then take them to the designated pee/poo place. And if it is poo then you take a tissue pick the poo up and take it with you over to the place that is the designated area, put it down tell them this is the good place to poo and how good they will be when they poo here.

This is where they are to go to the bathroom. Do not rub their nose in it and do not lift them while they are pooing. You do not want to cause elimination problems due to fear of being moved around or punished. Wait until they are finished then take them to the correct place. But you have to do it each and every time you see them.

Our animals are Very smart and they would like to do things there way so they will try and break you down. So diligence, each and every time is the key here. If they see you seeing them and you do nothing about it, (and just like us they have eyes in the back of their heads.) I.E. They can feel it. That is like 3 steps back wards. And if you come home to it. Do the same thing you do as when you are there. Except first you will take them over to the pee or poo, say their name tell them it is bad to pee/ or poo there and then take them to the designated area, same thing.

Step One – The Talk

Step Two – Walking outside for two weeks, three to four times a day.

Step Three – Set up the area in your house pee pad or blanket and become diligent about every time they go to the bathroom, they go in that area.

And if you cannot walk them then you go from Step 1 to Step 3. However it will take less time if you can walk them and continue to walk them.


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