A Lifetime of Connecting with Animals

Who Am I?

From a very young age, I felt extremely connected to animals, and on my 7th birthday, had my very own Dr. Doolittle party! For much of my youth, I wanted to become a veterinarian. Into my adult years, I pursued other paths, but was ultimately drawn back to the animals…and most of all, the beloved canine. Simply speaking, I love dogs.

In 2002, I opened up a free-range boarding facility on the Eastside of Seattle, where I was living at that time. It truly was a unique, one-of-a-kind place and there was nothing else like it in the area.

We never used the “k” word (kennel), because it was far from that. The dogs got to roam free on 3 acres of land, swim in the creek, and run and play for hours and hours every day! For almost 20 yrs., I owned and operated Happy Hound Hotel. In 2020, we moved to Northern Arizona, where I now live with my husband and our 3 rescue dogs, each one being an integral part of our family.

A Lifetime of Connecting
with Animals

Who Am I?

From a very young age, I felt extremely connected to animals, and on my 7th birthday, had my very own Dr. Doolittle party! For much of my youth, I wanted to become a veterinarian. Into my adult years, I pursued other paths, but was ultimately drawn back to the animals…and most of all, the beloved canine. Simply speaking, I love dogs.

In 2002, I decided to open up a free-range boarding facility on the Eastside of Seattle, where I was living at that time. It truly was a unique, one-of-a-kind place and there was nothing else like it in the area.

We never used the “k” word (kennel), because it was far from that. The dogs got to roam free on 3 acres of land, swim in the creek, and run and play for hours and hours every day! For almost 20 yrs., I owned and operated Happy Hound Hotel. In 2020, we moved to Northern Arizona, where I now live with my husband Keith and our 3 rescue dogs, Bison, Chaka and Lefty, each one being an integral part of our family.

During that time, I became very involved with Search and Rescue operations, and became certified in all types of rescue work – Swift Water, Slack Water, Technical Ropes, Sheltering, Non-Chemical Capture (Trapping), Sheltering, and Wildlife Management. Over the years, I deployed to many natural disaster zones, including Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, the Memphis floods, the Missouri 500, and many other local horse and dog SAR operations, just to name a few. This was incredibly rewarding work for me, and I am still active today.

In 2010, I founded a 501(c)3 charitable group, called Ribsey’s Refugees, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Pitbulls and black dogs find permanent and loving homes. Most of these dogs were out of options at the shelter.

In 1996, when I first moved to Washington state from Colorado, I attended a weekend-long conference for Animal Communication with Penelope Smith, who is considered the pioneer in this field of study. Not only did I meet three of my closest friends (even to this day) there, but I had the opportunity to learn from one of the first people who really put animal communication on the map.

During that time, I became very involved with Search and Rescue operations, and became certified in all types of rescue work – Swift Water, Slack Water, Technical Ropes, Sheltering, Non-Chemical Capture (Trapping), Sheltering, and Wildlife Management. Over the years, I deployed to many natural disaster zones, including Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, the Memphis floods, the Missouri 500, and many other local horse and dog SAR operations, just to name a few. This was incredibly rewarding work for me, and I am still active today.

In 2010, I founded a 501(c)3 charitable group, called Ribsey’s Refugees, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Pitbulls and black dogs find permanent and loving homes.  Most of these dogs were out of options at the shelter.

In 1996, when I first moved to Washington state from Colorado, I attended a weekend-long conference for Animal Communication with Penelope Smith, who is considered the pioneer in this field of study.  Not only did I meet three of my closest friends (even to this day) there, but I had the opportunity to learn from one of the first people who really put animal communication on the map.

My Education and Credentials

  • Completed a virtual and in-person Animal Mastery Program with Joan Ranquet at the Communication With All Life University. This program incorporated several methodologies, including Scalar Wave Energy Healing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping, and Advanced Animal Communication with domestic animals, sanctuary and shelter animals, wildlife, and nature. Currently in the teacher program with CWALU and facilitating Animal Communication classes within the university.
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  • Graduate of the Trust Technique® practitioner program, and am a recipient of an Ofqual Level 3 diploma.
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  • Completed the training program for Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) with intuitive Specialists for use in assisting with lost and missing animals.
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  • Completed the Animal Communication Certification program with Maia Kincaid Ph.D. at the Sedona International School for Animal & Nature Communication.
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