I’m die-(t)-ing


In which Violet Greer talks  animals.

This is Duchess. Her family asked me to intervene when their normally haughty but active cat began lolling around on the patio. She had been deemed healthy but overweight by her vet. This was day two of her diet.

Knowing she could be skittish with strangers, I approached cautiously. She opened one eye and peered at me quickly.

“Go away, we don’t need you here.”

Well, some cats are friendlier than others. Usually, when they realize I can understand them, they have a lot to say. I explained that I could help her talk to her family.

“Tell them I’m dying,” she said.

I was already irked, so I told her she wasn’t dying, just hungry.

“Look at me! I can barely move. Even if they decided to feed me, I wouldn’t be able to get to the bowl. I’m so weak, and dizzy, and I feel tingly all over. This is the end.” She meowed pathetically.

“Oh, get up. You’re fine,” I said.

She picked her head up a fraction of an inch. “Is that the can opener I hear?”

I shook my head, the family wasn’t helping by feeding her in the middle of my session.

Duchess hopped up – as if a miracle had occurred. “See, I told you I didn’t need you.”

Thanks to Jamie Chavez for sharing her photo


Dog Daze


In which Violet Greer talks to animals.

Sometimes animals talk to me outside of an “official” session. In fact, it happens quite a bit. Once they know someone can understand them, they have a lot to say.

This old guy has seen his life change in the past few years as two busy girls have joined his household.

“I hope they can’t see me hiding here. I just need a few minutes to rest. Sometimes it’s more than I can take.”

I asked if he enjoyed having the kids in his house.

“I love the kids but I didn’t know how much work they would be. The big humans told me it would be fun. ‘We’ll take care of them, we’ll feed them and play with them. We’ll do all the work,’ they said.”

He sighed and pushed his face further under the toy.

“Who has to have his tail pulled, his toys stolen, and submit to being dressed up like a doll? Not them! It’s all on me.”

When he started to snore, I quietly left the room and sent the kids outside to play.


Thanks to Kris and Tom for sharing this photo! ~de