Listed in The Top 100 Psychics in America, Kinkade is sought after by veterinarians and animal lovers around the world for her skill in locating lost pets, divining why an animal has lost its appetite or if it's close to death. She has communed with horses, dogs, cats, birds and even such zoo animals as elephants and jaguars. Peppered with heartwarming anecdotes about some of her cases, her book is primarily a guide to becoming an animal communicator something she believes is possible for any animal lover. The exercises she prescribes involve deep breathing, centering, asking many questions and keeping a "Paws and Listen" notebook. A true friend to animals, Kinkade also has strong opinions about animals' health and diet: "Aside from complaints about vaccinations, cats and dogs tell me the biggest culprit in destroying their health and happiness is commercial pet food." She encourages finding a holistic veterinarian and is adamant that we need to listen to animals more closely and to treat them with more tenderness overall. The last chapter, in which Kinkade reprints Albert Schweitzer's "Man and Creature," underscores her point. An excellent appendix lists, among other resources, companies that do no testing on animals. Agent, Jo Fagan, Jane Dystel Literary Management. (On-sale: June 12) Forecast: A first-rate guide for those who wish to talk to animals, this book may not satisfy readers who primarily enjoy stories of human-animal communion. On her nine-city author tour, Kinkade is bound to attract both the committed and the curious. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Ten years ago, Kinkade was skeptical about the existence of psychic communication with animals. Yet with the help of a mentor and her cat, Rodney, she became a renowned animal communicator and is now listed in The Top 100 Psychics in America (Pocket, 1996). She believes that everyone has an innate ability to communicate with animals, and in this work part memoir and part guidebook she shares how to "talk to the animals." To begin, one must believe that animals' feelings matter, a process Kinkade calls "clairsentience." Exercises are provided that readers can try with their own pets. The next step, "clairaudience," is to learn how to see pictures in animals' minds and then exchange images with them. This helps solve behavioral problems and also makes for a better relationship with one's pet. After clairaudience comes a sort of X-ray process in which one gets inside the animal's body to determine illnesses or find a pet that may be missing. Kinkade accompanies each of these stages of animal communication with many heart-warming anecdotal stories of her own telepathic experiences. Emphasizing the need for compassion toward animals, she stresses that this guide is not intended to be a substitute for medical care or the expert diagnosis of a veterinarian. Librarians don't have to be believers to purchase for large animal-interest collections. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.