Support living pets and reach out to the dead: Animal-shelter fundraising dinner hosts medium Robert GutroSOURCE: http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20141002/support-living-pets-and-reach-out-to-the-dead-animal-shelter-fundraising-dinner-hosts-medium-robert-gutro
GLENS FALLS >> For animal lovers and pet owners who hold their four-footed friends close to their hearts, Adirondack Save-a-Stray is hosting a fundraising dinner that both supports living pets and might let grieving owners communicate with their beloved dead. Spiritual expression, communication and possible psychic experiences await Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at 333 Glen Street in Glens Falls.
For 25 years now, Adirondack Save-a-Stray has worked to keep animals alive. At 4880 Route 9N in Corinth, this no-kill 501(c)3 nonprofit animal shelter/rescue organization takes in abused, abandoned, stray and unwanted animals. The organization also offers a low-cost veterinary wellness clinic, a pet-food bank, a pet referral website, adoptions and community education.
PHOTO: Rob Gutro with his dogs, from left, Dolly the Weimaraner, Franklin the red dachshund, and Tyler the black and tan dachshund. Photos provided
People can hear musical signs and other sounds, as well as feel cold spots where ghosts are standing, he said. Ghosts can also be seen.
Late pets come back to comfort their owners, as well as to perform such tasks as training a new dog, Gutro said.
“I have seen a ghost Chihuahua named Chico return from the afterlife to train a woman’s black Labrador to be a better dog,” he said. “Chico was the woman’s grandmother’s dog.”
Gutro does not charge for his messages from beyond; he doesn’t usually hold private medium sessions. He volunteers as a speaker to teach groups how everyone has the ability to reach lost loved ones, if an open mind is kept.
“I teach people how to find the messages without needing a medium,” he said. “It takes being open-minded and observant, and realizing there’s no such thing as a coincidence.”
At the New England Pet Expo in Wilmington, Mass., Gutro met a woman named Donna who spoke of missing her late dog, Basil. Gutro told her that dog spirits will sometimes lead to their owners other dogs that look just like them; and precisely then, a black French bulldog came marching down the aisle toward Donna — a dog that looked just like her lost pet and the only dog of that breed Gutro saw at the expo.
“Learning how to communicate with your late pets is a great way to get comfort and confirmation that they are okay,” he said. “It gives people hope and understanding.”
The Adirondack Save-a-Stray dinner’s second speaker, Ladybird Light owner Lindsey Bodkin, is a Reiki teacher who specializes in animal healing and communication. She will present about the physical, verbal and telepathic aspects of communicating with pets, an ability she said all people have and can deepen.
“It’s so important to have an open dialogue with animals,” she said. “People can find out whether their pets are good with children, used to being the only dog or enjoy being part of a pack. Are the animals healthy and happy? Are they in pain? People can communicate with their pets about these things.”
Bodkin teaches workshops about the techniques, using meditation and energy work. She even works with animals at the end of their lives, seeking whether they are ready to let go and how they want to die.
“We get lots of calls from people grieving the death of a pet,” said Adirondack Save-a-Stray Director Meredith Fiel. “People really feel deeply connected to their pet family members, and need comfort and closure before opening their hearts and homes to another animal.”
After reading “Pets in the Afterlife,” the director wanted to have Gutro speak at the fundraising dinner, to help pet adopters heal and become willing to love a new dog or cat. Clients attested to Bodkin’s fine work, Fiel said.
“You have to believe in something,” Fiel said. “Our dinner will be a good venue for people who love their pets to explore these ideas, if they like.”
Also, such people who love their pets dearly and grieve for their loss are the type of warm, kind-hearted rescuers Adirondack Save-a-Stray wants as adopters and readopters, she noted.
Call 654-6220 for ticket information. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.