Rob's Books, Medium Readings, Animal Rescue Fundraisers

BOOKS: Pets and the Afterlife, Pets and the Afterlife 2, Pets and the Afterlife 3, Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead, Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation, Kindred Spirits: How a Medium Befriended a Spirit and Case Files of Inspired Ghost Tracking and Ghosts and Spirits Explained BEST SELLERS: All of Rob's books have reached "best-seller" status on in various paranormal categories. PET SPIRIT READINGS: Now offered for just $10 (done on weekends) -reserve a spot thru Paypal. Email me at Send 1 Photo of your pet, their name, and any questions.ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISING LECTURES : Rob is a dog dad, volunteers with Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues and does fundraising lectures for dog and cat rescues.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Gracie the Cat's Symbol in the Wind

There are many ways that our pets communicate from spirit, and back in August 2017, a very special cat named Gracie came to me in spirit to provide a sign for her mom as a comfort.

Linda wrote: I lost my cat, Gracie, to kidney disease. She was 15. As you know the pain is deep and paralyzingly. She hasn't communicated with me yet and I'm panicky about that. So I'm writing to you in hopes that it will stimulate her to contact me through you.

When I connected with Gracie, she provided some physical feelings that she experienced before she passed. She shared those with me and Linda was able to recognize the physical sensations Gracie was making me feel, with the medical conditions that Gracie had before she passed.

As if out of nowhere, Gracie provided an odd sign to me, that wouldn't make sense at first. I wrote to Linda, "She's been trying to let you know she's okay, but you haven't been picking up on the signs. She's telling me that she has recently used a leaf, blowing near your face/head as a means of conveying her playful presence. She said to watch for the signs of leaves. Do you recall a leaf blowing near you recently?"

Linda responded, "No, I have not noticed a leaf blowing near me recently. At least not yet."

Less that a month later, Gracie made that sign happen. On Sept 7, Linda sent me a photo and wrote me the following email, proving that Gracie was still with her. Here's what Linda's email said, "I had to write you!! In early August I emailed you about my cat, Gracie, who I had put to sleep the end of July because of kidney failure. I was upset because I hadn’t received any signs from her letting me know she’s okay.

At that time you told me that she had been trying to let me know she’s okay and I couldn’t pick up on it because of my grief. You said she had been using a leaf, blowing near my face/head. Well, I wasn’t going to be able to believe that because I live in the Midwest and this time of year there are leaves falling/blowing everywhere, all the time. Since then I have been asking her every night to please send me a sign so I’ll know that she’s somewhere and still loves me.

I have a managed colony of feral cats and I washed the feral's bowls today and dried them with some white terrycloth towels (which I have never EVER used before, I've ALWAYS used paper towels and immediately throw them away). I then tossed the towels on the garage step (paper towels wouldn’t have been there). The towels never touched the ground. I didn't walk on the towels. I had nothing on my hands. I closed the overhead garage door (no wind blowing in).

2 hours later I opened the door to the garage and saw this… A HEART shaped LEAF!!!! Right in my path!!!"

Gracie is still very much around Linda today.

Spirits are amazing. If Linda hadn't contacted me in August, she may not have been looking for the sign. That's why I wrote the Pets and the Afterlife series of books. Pets and the Afterlife 4: Messages from Cat Spirits is already in the works for cat parents. I'm planning on a 2023 release (but you know how book writing goes, so don't hold me to it). My books will teach you about other signs pets can give from the other side and are available on

Sunday, August 29, 2021

If You're a Cat Parent Whom Granted me an Okay to Use a Story

This weekend I received an email from a cat parent who gave me permission in 2017 to use her cat's story and reading in my next Pets and the Afterlife. She made me realize that after I suffered a tremendous loss,  I altered the plan for the Pets 3 and 4 books.  That said, if you follow me, you know that the newest Pets and the Afterlife 3 book is only about dogs. But, fear not, cats (only) will be next.

 Please know that I was going to make Pets 3 about dogs and cats, but then tragedy struck my family and 2 of my heart dogs died in 2020.  Given their communications and many other dogs and cats, there were too many stories for one book, so I opted to make one dogs and one cats. That way, cat parents would be more inclined to read a book devoted entirely to felines and relate to it better.

I have not gone back and emailed all the cat parents about the change, and I apologize.  If you're waiting for the story about your cat's messages, please know it's one of 7 books I am working.  I'm currently planning it for 2023 (I have 2 others in the works between now and then). Please email me at with questions.

Thanks for your patience,

Saturday, August 28, 2021

How to get a Short Email Reading from a Pet or Person in Spirit

If you're looking for a short connection to spirit (a short reading), I am offering that service. I wrote my books primarily to teach YOU how to recognize signs without a medium, but sometimes we want more. So, I started offering short spirit pet readings for just $10 through PayPal in January 2021, and the response has been overwhelming (Especially since I do them only on weekends)   Please read the instructions below! 

ABOUT THE SERVICE:  I've been doing readings free of charge for over 10 years, and it takes a lot of time to connect to pets or people. NOTE: I am much better connecting with pets, but have also done people readings.
A WEEKEND RESPONSE:  . Since I only do the readings on weekends (because I'm a scientist during the week), it does take a lot of my family time. However, scheduling weekend time with specific appointments will work better. I do want to bring people healing messages from spirit.

2) Send $10 via paypal to - Indicate it's for a spirit pet or person reading. 
3) IN THE EMAIL:  Cite that you used paypal, and send me a PHOTO of your pet or Person
AND your Pet or Person's FIRST NAME 
AND Questions you may have 
No need to tell me anything else, unless you want to for the question part)  

WHEN TO EXPECT A READING?  - I answer emails and do readings on weekends, so expect a response on weekends. Please be patient. On rare occasions, I may be away or helping family or friends (life throws challenges to all of us). 
(BTW, this is NOT an extensive reading. Often pets will provide one or two things to let you know they are with you.

NOTE ABOUT READINGS - Sometimes you may not understand them. In my book Pets and the Afterlife 3, you'll read about a number that a dog gave me from spirit, and his dad figured it out 8 months later and it was intensely personal and made perfect sense! 

WHERE TO BUY MY BOOKS? has all of my books,. Paperbacks are Under $10 and Ebooks are Under $4

QUESTIONS? Email me at
Rob Gutro

BETTER PETS.COM 11 little-known facts about owning a dog

 Recently I was contacted by Dr. Leslie Brooks DVM, MPH, a Vet Advisor She asked if I would share latest posting about 11 facts you NEED to know about being a dog parent. As a dog dad, dog rescuer, and Pet medium, I thought this article was well done and covered a lot of important things, so I'm sharing it here with you. (Check out my Award-winning book "Pets and the Afterlife 3: Messages from Spirit Dogs" on Amazon).


Please remember- A Dog or Cat is NOT and OBJECT. They are living, breathing animals with intelligence, memories and personality. They feel love, they feel hurt, they feel loneliness and they need to be loved unconditionally as they love us. 

A Dog or Cat is not something you adopt because you're home alone in a pandemic, then dump at an animal rescue.  You wouldn't do that to human children, would you? There's no difference (and it has been happening). If you're not ready to adopt for the pet's life, don't adopt. There are more responsible people that are willing to do that. 

 BETTER PETS.COM 11 little-known facts about owning a dog

We just published a more comprehensive guide that details 11 little-known facts about owning a dog. I’ve found that many people who adopted a dog did not fully understand all the responsibilities, time, and costs that come with being a dog parent. I hope our guide can help set the right expectations for your readers so they can raise their pups responsibly.  

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fun Event- My Lectures at Calvert County Humane Society!

  This past Sunday, August 22, I participated in an in-person fundraising lecture series for the Humane Society of Calvert County, Maryland. Thanks to Tanya Gott, who manages the rescue (which is not government funded and rescues "death row dogs," so  they need your donations). As part of my quest to do fundraisers for all animal rescues, I gave my lecture (in fact TWO of them, at 12pm and 3pm) based on my three best-selling books "Pets and the Afterlife: How pets communicate from spirit."  That's what today's blog is about. 

   Both sessions were well-attended, and restricted due to COVID concerns. The event was held at a local Holiday Inn in Solomons, Maryland (on a Peninsula). 

My good friend, Dr. Bill came along for the long ride (it was 90 minutes each way). 

(Photo right: Bill and Rob) 

He also wrote one of the chapters about how to cope with grief,  in my latest book, "Pets and the Afterlife 3: Messages from Spirit Dogs."  That book just won an international Book award by the BookAuthority as one of the 16 Best eBooks on Grief (and interestingly enough, the other 15 were about grief from loss of people. Mine was the only one about grief from pet loss).

(Photo: Tanya Gott of the Humane Society doing introductions. Credit: R.Gutro)

The events were great, and there were some good questions. Tanya provided great introductions to the rescue operations, and shared that I did a pet spirit reading for her. Both she and I got emotional at times when we were talking about our pets in spirit, but it was healing. Hopefully everyone attending got something good out of the event.  A tremendous thanks to Tanya and her helpers. 

PLEASE Donate the the Humane Society of Calvert County- they are strictly donation based. Here's their facebook page:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Supernatural sites in the UK Corfe Castle

The UK Daily Star Online provided a look at some haunted locations around Britain. I also had the pleasure of visiting England and you can read about my encounters with the ghosts there in my book "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation," available on Amazon.  Here's today's haunt:  
Corfe Castle
Towering over the Dorset countryside, the ruins of Corfe Castle casts a formidable shadow over the surrounding fields.
The castle dates back to the Norman era of English history and in the 60s it gained a spooky reputation.
Park and Resorts said the most recent sighting was in 1967 “when a local man reported that he had seen a woman in white in the village of Corfe”.
She is, of course, believed to be linked to the castle itself and legend goes the woman in white is the spirit of a female who betrayed the Royalist family to the Roundheads during the English Civil War.
You can read about MY encounters with some of England's ghosts in my book "GHOSTS OF ENGLAND ON A MEDIUM'S VACATION by Rob Gutro:

What happens when a medium goes on vacation? Can a medium simply switch off their ability at will? Well…not exactly. Rob Gutro is a medium/author/paranormal investigator and a scientist who has written 4 books about his encounters with human and animal ghosts and spirits. In this book, you will read about his experiences on two separate trips to the United Kingdom. England’s rich history and many epic battles have caused an over-abundance of residual emotional energy. Everywhere he traveled, he had a paranormal experience. He explored royal palaces and spent the night in haunted castles. He encountered the ghosts of historical figures including a queen, a prince, and a nobleman; and several ghosts even shared their pain of death experience with him. On one occasion, the doppelganger of a loved one provided directions when he became lost while driving in the countryside due to a malfunctioning GPS.
But not all of his encounters were of the human variety: there was also a very special visit from a canine ghost. This book is intended to be more than just a collection of personal ghost stories. In addition to relating my ghostly encounters, he has also included a short narrative history of the places where the experiences occurred. After all, knowing the history of a place is key to understanding why a ghost has decided to stay behind. So, join Rob as he relates his encounters with the ghosts of England. Rob has written 4 other books about the paranormal, two about people (Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned From Talking to the Dead) and 2 about pets (Pets and the Afterlife and Pets and the Afterlife 2). The books are available in paperback and e-book on

Monday, August 23, 2021

Haunted Trails #9 - Warm Springs Canyon Road, California

The Travel Channel covered haunted trails in the U.S. and this is the ninth installment!

Warm Springs Canyon Road, California

This extreme 16-mile hike in Death Valley National Park is not for the faint of heart, and not just because of extremely hot temperatures and abandoned homes along the route. Despite the pleasant-sounding name, Warm Springs Canyon Road leads to Barker Ranch—the former hideout of the infamous Manson Family. Charles Manson and his followers lived at the ranch for a period of time in the late ‘60s while on the run following the tragic Los Angeles murders of Sharon Tate and six others.

SECOND HAUNTED SPOT ON THE TRAIL - Manson and company was eventually captured at Barker, where he purportedly killed more people, although the bodies have never been found. A fire destroyed Barker Ranch in 2009, so now only the shell remains. Hikers who are brave enough are allowed to camp on the grounds, and some reported hearing screams, the feeling of being watched and smelling decomposing bodies.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A Few Seats Left! THIS SUNDAY! Pets and the Afterlife lecture: Holiday Inn, Solomons MD

THIS SUNDAY! Pets and the Afterlife lecture: Holiday Inn, Solomons MD  - Just a few seat remain.  If you or someone you know is dealing with grief from the passing of a beloved pet, come to this seminar!  

It is a Fundraiser for the #HumaneSociety of Calvert County!

Rob Gutro, medium and author of Best-selling books Pets and the Afterlife 1, 2 and 3, will identify the signs they give their humans and the science behind why living pets can sense entities.
WHERE: Holiday Inn, 155 Holiday Dr, Solomons MD
TIMES: choose from 12:00 Noon or 3pm session
LAST MINUTE TICKETS: EMAIL OR TEXT : or text 410-353-7670
DONATION: $30 (All proceeds benefit the rescue)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wash DC Area Event - THIS SUNDAY! Pets and the Afterlife lecture: Holiday Inn, Solomons MD

 There's a Live #EVENT THIS SUNDAY!

If you live in the Metro Wash DC Area-there is a #Fundraiser for the #HumaneSociety of Calvert County!

Rob Gutro, author of #Pets and the #afterlife, will identify the signs they give their humans
and the science behind why living pets can sense entities.
WHERE: Holiday Inn, 155 Holiday Dr, Solomons MD
TIMES: choose from 12:00 Noon or 3:00 session
TICKETS: will be mailed to you before event
Questions: or text 410-353-7670

Monday, August 16, 2021

BUFFALO, NY NEWS: Ghost Hunter Plunges 20 Feet in Paranormal Investigation Gone Wrong

As a paranormal investigator, the first rule of investigating anyplace is to get permission to enter. Abandoned places can be dangerous. There could be weak floors, asbestos, black mold, rats or crumbling walls to name a few things. In the case of this ghost investigator, they went to a place that they shouldn't have gone, and there was an accident.

(Photo: A "ghost hunter" was injured in a fall at the Central Terminal on Saturday. 

Ghost hunt ends in fall through roof at Central Terminal 
 Matt Glynn, Buffalo News  August 1, 2021 

A ghost hunter was injured in a fall at the Central Terminal on Saturday night, July 31. 

Buffalo police said two individuals – a man and a woman – were ghost hunting without permission at the terminal when the 35-year-old Kenmore woman fell through a substation roof near the back of the property. She fell about 15 to 20 feet, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers and other emergency personnel responded to a rescue call just after 10:30 p.m. The woman was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for multiple injuries. The man with her was not injured, police said.

Police said no charges have been filed in the incident.

The Central Terminal has drawn the attention of ghost hunters – for authorized visits – before. The "Ghost Hunters" TV series once broadcast a six-hour live program from the former train station, and the nonprofit which runs the building has hosted ghost tours.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Paranormal Question of the Day: Are Some Places likely to be more Haunted than others?

 Here's today's Paranormal question from Chris.

 Q:  I understand that running water and some characteristics will allow sprits and ghosts to manifest so not really thinking about those places,but, are some places more likely to be haunted than others? I understand haunting can take place anywhere but do ghosts tend to congregate?

A: Yes, running water provides a non-stop energy source that enables ghosts to be strong enough to communicate more often than usual.  - More commonly haunted places would be where battles or murders occurred, or where many people stayed, like hotels, hospitals or prisons. Chances are that there would be at least one person in those places that would opt to stay behind as a ghost. 

For More Questions and answers about ghosts and spirits, check out my book: Lessons Learned from Talking to the DeadIt's a paranormal reference guide, written to answer all of your questions on the paranormal with examples from my experiences. Available on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Rob's Podcast interview: Moved into a Haunted House! Now what? on Edge of the Rabbit Hole

  Earlier this month, I was honored to rejoin my friends Mike Ricksecker and Victoria Mundae in their Edge of the Rabbit Hole program. I got to discuss my experience in living in a haunted house, and addressed the issue of what happens to people who die by suicide and murder victims, and for fun, answered the question about where all the dinosaur ghosts likely went!  

(Photo: The actual haunted Kentucky house I lived in, Credit: R.Gutro)

Author, psychic, and paranormal investigator to the show to talk about several topics concerning ghosts and spirits, including solving the mystery of living in a haunted house, spirits and ghosts after traumatic deaths, and why are there no dinosaur ghosts?



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

YOU TUBE Interview- Black Lotus Live Welcomes Rob Gutro- Talking about Pet Spirits, Human Ghosts and more

This past weekend, I was a guest of  the Black Lotus Live program!
Check out the interesting 50 minute  YOU TUBE Interview- as we talked about Pet Spirits, Human Ghosts and more


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Rob Gutro is an author, paranormal investigator, and medium with Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland. He has become known as a pet medium, although he communicates with pets and people who have passed. Since he was a child he could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). He wrote the books “Pets and the Afterlife,” “Pets and the Afterlife 2, “Ghosts and Spirits,” “Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead” to teach others how ghosts and Spirits communicate with the living and to give proof of the afterlife. +++ Like what we do at Black Lotus? Buy us a coffee! +++ Become a Black Lotus Patron! +++ Check out the Black Lotus Productions website where you can find all our past YouTube videos as well as our Paranormal News Network podcast episodes!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Haunted Trails #7 - Norton Creek Trail, North Carolina

The Travel Channel covered haunted trails in the U.S. and this is the seventh installment!

Norton Creek Trail, North Carolina

While the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is the most famous, and has its own share of creepy tales, the Norton Creek Trail is more notorious. Two legends are strongly associated with it: The first revolves around a settler killed by American Indians while searching for his lost daughter. On the plus side, he’s considered a benevolent spirit who helps guide lost hikers out of the woods. The other ghost isn’t so friendly. Cherokee legend warns about a witchy spirit aptly named Spearfinger, who lures children into the woods and eats their livers with her razor sharp finger. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a large number of cemeteries near Fontana Lake, which is also along Norton Creek Trail?

Saturday, August 7, 2021

In the news - Entire California ghost town wiped out by the Dixie Fire

 Although not paranormal, investigators often like to visit abandoned towns in the U.S. West, known as Ghost Towns. In the news today, however, one ghost town in California was consumed by fire. Here's the story from the San Francisco Gate news.

(Image: Historic drawing of Rich Bar, California. Archival / Unknown)

Entire California ghost town wiped out by the Dixie Fire

San Francisco Gate News, Aug. 5, 2021

A historic Northern California ghost town in the Sierra foothills has been decimated by the giant, still-raging Dixie Fire.

The state-designated historical landmark has been abandoned now for half a century, and last week the 250,000-acre Dixie Fire left its historic buildings in ashes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other).

Among the casualties is the Kellogg House that was lived in until the 1970s. Built in 1852 with lumber from the sawmill at Rich Bar, the property sat above the roaring gold camp in the Feather River Canyon. Gone too is the mining outpost, the remaining homesteads and the historic cemetery.

While the stories told by miners of an actual lake of gold were apocryphal, the town was a hugely successful during its boom in the 1850s. As with so many California gold towns, along with the riches came the vice and criminality. The Feather River Bulletin once wrote of the riotous scene there in 1850: "Upon hearing of the new strike at Rich Bar those in the Middle Fork area packed up their shirts, trousers, pans and cups and struggled northwest across the mountains in search of a dream.

"They swarmed over the Sierra mountains by the thousands, every color and nationality, and every sort of character, from low-down, thieving, conniving scallywags; to prim, proper, upstanding citizens."

According to the local museum, the town reportedly pulled $23 million in gold out of the ground and river in its first few decades, before its inevitable decline when the gold ran dry.

Last year, new owners Ivan Coffman and Kurt Brock purchased the 1,200-square-foot Kellogg House and had plans to restore it and even mine again. The fire has left them with an unsure future, and they are still currently under evacuation orders, reports the Chronicle.

The Dixie Fire began July 13, likely due to a tree falling on PG&E power lines near the town of Paradise (which was destroyed in 2018 in the Camp Fire, also ignited by a faulty PG&E transmission line). It has burned 274,139 acres and is currently 35% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Paranormal Question of the day: What Percentage of Ghosts You Met were Troublesome?

Here's today's Paranormal question from Chris. 

Q: Of the ghosts you have encountered is there any estimate of the percentage that become troublesome relative to ghosts in a location?
A: Of the ghosts I've encountered, only a few have been troublesome and showed their bad human nature. In the Cockeysville Tavern in Maryland, one ghost was heard on a digital recorder saying plainly, "kill Rob." - I would guess less than 1 percent of all ghosts I've encountered were troublesome. .. OH, and that ghost is spending the rest of his miserable afterlife stuck in that Tavern. 
For More Questions and answers about ghosts and spirits, check out my book: Lessons Learned from Talking to the DeadIt's a paranormal reference guide, written to answer all of your questions on the paranormal with examples from my experiences. Available on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Paranormal Q&A Is The IGT Team surprised when they make contact?

One of the questions I was asked is whether the Inspired Ghost Tracking (IGT) team of paranormal investigators (of which I belong) are surprised whenever we make contact with a ghost. The answer in today's blog, and you can read about many cases of IGT in my book "Case Files of Inspired Ghost Tracking." 

Here's the Q&A : 

 QUESTION:  Does the team get surprised when they make contact? 

No. Once we sense that there's someone in a place, we aren't surprised when someone connects with us. We do however, understand that some ghosts are more shy than others because ghosts maintain their personalities. So if they were shy in life, they'll be shy in death. If they were sociable in life, they'll be sociable in death. 
  The tricky part about communicating with ghosts is that we have to earn their trust in order to get them to communicate. It's the same with meeting new living people. You have to gain their trust and find things in common to converse. 

Case Files of Inspired Ghost Tracking 

When earth bound ghosts have traumatized families in their own homes, Inspired Ghost Tracking (IGT) of Maryland has gone in to cross them over. In this collection of IGT cases, you’ll read about a very haunted Maryland mansion, many ghosts of Baltimore’s Federal Hill, the Burned Ghost, ghosts of two different time periods in one building, the dark things Ouija boards brought into homes, a ghostly attachment, a Steelworker’s ghost, poltergeist activity, the famous IGT “Double Murder Ghost Investigation” and many more. You’ll also learn about ghosts vs. spirits, energy and lots of Q&A. So, come along with us on these IGT investigations and learn that the paranormal is quite active!   CLICK TO ORDER

Monday, August 2, 2021

Recent Reviews for My Pet Spirit Readings !

I've been doing spirit pet readings for many years, and recently because of demand, I finally established a service for them. Below you can find a link to how you can get a reading. Here are some of the responses from people for whom I gave readings recently:

1) Sun, Jul 25, 2021 Thank you so much for contacting my sweet boy Salem! Everything you said was spot on. I would like to share two quick details with you. ... What a gift! Sincerely, Tanya R

2) Sun, Jul 11, 2021 My Dear Mr. Gutro No sir you are the one with a kind and caring heart. It jumps out of your writing. Again sir you have filled me with a sense of calm. What a gift you posses . You are spot on. Sincerely, Dorian M.

3) Sun, Jul 11, 2021 Wow. That’s my baby. I miss him so much. You were spot on. I got him when he was 8 weeks old and he loved until he was 14... Thank you very much for your beautiful gift and service. Warm Regards, Kerry W.

How to get a Pet Spirit Reading: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Watch- Now on YouTube: "The Angel Rock With Lorilei Potvin" talks with Rob about Pets and the Afterlife

 Because I've written 8 books (and am working on one now), I do a lot of interviews about them. If you missed one from last week, here's the link and the show. It was called "The Angel Rock With Lorilei Potvin" and she's really wonderful. She's got a number of gifts herself (including being a medium, herself) and is the host of this wonderful show.  It was a long (2 hour) interview about pets and the afterlife, based on my three books of the same name, and it was full of information!  Here's the link: