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West of Falls Church (VA) Blog
An author speaking in our area this weekend says that he has “proof that our pets do communicate with us from the other side.” Rob Gutro of Bowie, Md., who describes himself as a “dog owner, dog rescue volunteer, medium/paranormal investigator … and scientist” will be at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library this Saturday at 1 p.m. to talk about his book “Pets and the Afterlife.”
The book has an average rating of 4.5/5 from 31 reviewers on Amazon. It costs $9.99 in paperback. Gutro’s other books are “Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead” and “Ghosts and Spirits: Insights from a Medium.” He owns a Weimaraner and a Dachshund. Gutro kindly agreed to answer some of my questions by email.
West of Falls Church blog: I’m skeptical about the idea of communicating with dead pets. What can you tell me that might change my mind?
Rob Gutro: Dogs and cats have the intelligence of a 3-5 year old child. They learn words, have and understand emotions, identify objects, people, locations, etc. So, they can communicate by conveying those things. Like human ghosts and spirits, they’re energy and can also manipulate electrical things, influence people to walk by a doppelganger, and manipulate things in nature. It works the same with people who have passed.
WoFC: When did you have your first paranormal experience? Tell me what that was like for you.
Gutro: It was startling to see my grandfather appear in full color before me as a 13 year old boy. I was home with the family dog when it happened and ran outside waiting for my parents to return home. When I told my mother, she wasn’t surprised as she also had the ability.
WoFC: You’ve written that you had a pet dog that died as a puppy and later helped you communicate with other deceased pets. Tell me more about that.
Gutro: In spirit, Buzz (the puppy) actually demonstrated many of the ways that dogs can communicate from spirit- (he didn’t help me communicate with others). I saw his visible form and followed it into a room where it disappeared, I heard his nails on the floor, heard his bark, felt his presence (as people often feel their pet’s spirit jump on a bed). He physically picked up a sneaker and moved it in front of a friend (who ran out of the house terrified). He popped off a trash can lid, he led a look-alike to a friend of mine in another state (who met him in life) – and the Weimaraner (same breed) name was “Buzzy” and owner’s name was “Rob Gatsby” – similar to mine. There were many more signs, and these are things I teach people to look for to get signs from their own pets (and people) who passed.
WoFC: I have enough trouble trying to figure out what my living cat wants. How can you get a clear message from a dead pet?
Gutro: I also have enough trouble figuring out living people, but I always seem to know what my dogs want or if they don’t feel well. BTW- living dogs are easier to understand than cats. I’ve received messages from pets that give me names of people they know in life or on the other side, with descriptions (basically I see pictures in my mind of the people they’re with in spirit), they show me favorite toys, what their bed looked like, favorite walking place, food preference, etc. It’s all about personal preference and how each person or dog/cat sees the world. Then they convey things they know to me (as a medium). I’ve received exact names, have been shown living dogs in a home that sees their spirit- and have been able to describe the appearance and/or behavior the living dog, and the dog that passed. There are so many more examples I could cite.
WoFC: Can you communicate with all dead animals or is it a bit of a crap shoot? Does it work better with some species than others?
Gutro: Dogs, cats, horses and some birds are animals that can convey messages because they are domesticated and hear and learn (some words) our language, read our emotions, etc. In fact, Border Collies have the highest word retention memory- several of them have a vocabulary of up to 1,000 words!
I couldn’t get messages from a wild animal, because there’s not much to relate to (other than an environment), and they don’t have messages for people because they don’t associate with them!
WoFC: You’ve written that it’s unwise to provoke ghosts. What’s the worst that could happen if you provoke a ghost, especially the ghost of a pet?
Gutro: I tell people to respect ghosts (Earth bound) and spirits (those who crossed over into heaven, Valhalla, or the energies of the cosmos- whatever you want to call it). Why? Think of them as living and standing in front of you. Would you anger someone in front of you? Especially one you can’t see? Not a good idea!
WoFC: People might be surprised to learn that your day job is meteorologist. Do you try to the worlds of science and the paranormal, or should they be kept separate?
Gutro: It’s all about energy. The science of energy brings my worlds together. While living we have energies in our physical body- blood pumping, etc. Thoughts are little electrical impulses, neurons. Scientists measure them: Here’s a link. The law of conservation of energy says “Energy can’t be destroyed only transformed.” So, where does it go? I’ve learned that when our physical body dies, the physical energies combine with our memories and personalities and choose to stay Earth bound, as what I call a ghost. or cross-over into the light/energy as a spirit. It’s all about location. Further, the entities need/use energy to “power up” and convey messages. They use physical energies such as heat, light, water, and electricity. They also use emotional energies- Ghosts use negative emotional energies like anxiety, fear, depression and anger to get strong enough to communicate (When you feel anxious going into a haunted house, you’re empowering any ghost that’s there ). Spirits (like those of our loved ones) use positive emotional energy such as love, hope and faith we have for them- those empower them.
It’s all about energy.
WoFC: For someone who’s not sure whether they should come out and see you speak on Saturday,
what’s the number one thing you can tell them that they’ll get out of it?
Gutro: They’ll get answers on how to recognize signs from their pets (and people) who passed. They’ll learn to see the signs themselves. (Btw, it’s fine to be skeptical- people don’t tend to believe until something happens to them). They may even get a message from their pet through me. In fact, one couple that lost their senior dog came to my last talk at a Northern Virginia library and I got so many detailed images, names and messages that proved their dog was around that it’s a big story in my “Pets and the Afterlife 2” book coming out in 2016! They were comforted and as amazed as I was! Yes, messages always amaze me, but I wrote my books to educate people, help them recognize signs from people and pets who passed, and give them comfort that the love they share binds them together forever.