Animal communicator Joan Ranquet '82 helps students work with foster pets
One of Joan Ranquet’s favorite ways to give back as an animal communicator is to help make homeless animals more adoptable.
That’s why when Ranquet ’82, one of the country’s most renowned animal communicators, returned to Stephens College in September to help equestrian students better relate to their horses, she requested to meet with students fostering pets through Second Chance, a local no-kill shelter.
Six students and their foster dogs gathered in the indoor arena at the Stephens Equestrian Center where Ranquet talked about how to connect with their foster animals and bring out the best in them.
Ranquet told the students she uses telepathy to communicate with animals, which is the transference of pictures, words and feelings.
“Every single person I’ve ever met picks up on feelings,” she said. “So, that’s pretty much makes us all animal communicators.”
Ranquet said animals are almost always tuned in to our feelings, taking cues from our emotional state. The problem is we aren’t always tuned in to them.
“If we can change our energy, we can change their behavior,” she said. “By just getting really quiet, we can begin to understand why they do what they do.”
At the indoor arena, Ranquet picked out a Schnauzer-mix named Coors and placed her on top of the boards encircling the horse arena. Then, she asked the students to close their eyes, get quiet and concentrate their energy on Coors, the idea being to pick up on what Coors was telling them. All the while, Ranquet stroked the dog from the top of her head to the base of her tail, helping it to calm down.
Eventually, Ranquet asked the students to share their insights.
“Who is she at her core?” Ranquet asked.
“I think she’s a princess,” said one student.
“A princess warrior,” said another.
Ranquet agreed and continued to stroke and massage the dog while also talking about the importance of seeing the animal in a positive light. Soon, Coors was perking her ears and enjoying the attention.
“I think she’s Princess Warrior not Coors,” Ranquet said.
Ranquet said the demonstration showed that just by getting quiet and tuning in, we become more available to what is going on with an animal and run a much better chance of recognizing their true personality. And when we do that, we help instill confidence in the animal and bring out its best qualities, which can help a dog like Coors get adopted sooner.
She said the worst thing to do is to keep projecting the rescue animal mentality on the animal.
“If it was a really bad story, the animal wants to give it up as much as anybody,” she said. “The more we can get away from the word ‘rescue’ the better off we will be. When we have rescue animals, we feel sorry for them, and they pick up on those feelings, and they think there is something more wrong. It becomes a vicious cycle.”
Approach the animals with fun and confidence, she said.
“Animals respond to fun faster than anything else.”