Karen Cantrell has an unusual occupation. She's an animal whisperer. Cantrell said she connects with animals through energy and vibrational frequencies they share with her.

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Karen Cantrell has an unusual occupation. She's an animal whisperer. Cantrell said she connects with animals through energy and vibrational frequencies they share with her.

With corporate career behind her, Craig woman focuses time and energy on communicating with animals

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“People call me for assistance with behavior issues, health issues or if they just want to know more about their animal.”

Animal whisperer Karen Cantrell about services she provides

— Karen Cantrell is a self-described animal whisperer.

Employing a gift she’s honed throughout the years, Cantrell said she communicates with animals through energy and by picking up the vibrational frequencies animals put out to share their experiences.

The Craig resident left a career in corporate America and now is operating her Healing Animal Whisperer business, for which she conducts over-the-phone and in-person sessions with clients. Cantrell said she’s helped thousands of animals communicate.

“People call me for assistance with behavior issues, health issues or if they just want to know more about their animal,” she said.

She remembers her first communication with a skunk. A concerned family had reached out to her after noticing a skunk routinely crossing through the yard. With two dogs, the family was worried the skunk would spray the canines.

Cantrell said she picked up on the skunk’s energy and learned that its normal path was blocked, forcing it to walk through the yard. When Cantrell told the homeowner, the woman simply laughed and said, “That’s because we put a fence up.”

Cantrell had communicated with the skunk without ever visiting the woman’s home. She conducted the sessions only by telephone. In fact, most of her sessions are by phone.

“Animals communicate through energy, vibrational frequency, there’s no limit to that,” Cantrell said. “Each session is very unique. It’s always a new adventure.”

Cantrell communicates with wild and domesticated animals. Among them: bats, owls, rabbits, deer, elk and even moose.

While she always felt she had a special ability to communicate with animals and experience their feelings, it wasn’t until she was a teenager that she realized her gift was unique. But a corporate job in data and telecommunications occupied the bulk of her early career.

“I got busy, I put it away,” Cantrell said. “I got into my career, got married, had a child.”

It was only about 10 years ago that Cantrell really got back into communicating with animals and honing her skills.

Dr. Kelly Hepworth, a veterinarian and owner of Bear Creek Animal Hospital in Craig, said although there’s no scientific way to quantitate how people communicate with animals, he thinks some people have a better way about them.

“I see it all the time. Some people just don’t get it. Animals know they don’t get it, they don’t get along as well as others,” Dr. Hepworth said. “Some of it can be learned on the part of people and in some ways it’s just the way they are, too. They have an increased sensitivity about them or whatever you want to call it.”

Although Cantrell thinks she has a better handle on communicating with animals than most people, she believes everyone has the ability on some level. She’s simply taken it upon herself to practice and improve.

Cantrell said being able to communicate to owners what an animal is feeling is her favorite part of her job.

“I get to understand and help them,” Cantrell said. “I’m able to give them a voice.”

Cantrell’s sessions cost $40 for half an hour or $80 an hour. Most sessions last 45 minutes to an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 303-974-1978 or email joy4life@northleaf.net. Her website is http://healinganimalwhisperer.com.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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