TABLE OF CONTENTS
Can I Speak?
Delphi Takes Her Place
A Very Special Dog
Traveling to Tucson
We Are Waiting
Chipper Teaches Us
More Students for Delphi
We're Not Different
Dogs Like to Help
Delphi Gets Tired
Delphi, Meet Bert
Before the Gathering
Back to the Beginning
"The answer to the survival
of the planet is in communication
with nature. What better way to find our path than to let Delphi
lead us. Bravo! An excellent book."
"This is a wonderful, charming and
uplifting book about a dog with a message for all ages."
"This wonderful book offers a gateway
into a world of one life and love, where animal, man and nature
are part of the wonderful web of life."
DELPHI: What Being on
Earth Is All About
By Patricia Jepsen and Delphi
(2002, 6" x 9", 246 pages, perfect bound, US$15.95)
I thought it would be a good idea to
get a second golden retriever to keep my first one, Cindy, company.
That's when I saw an ad for a golden retriever rescue shelter.
And they, in turn, referred me to the Lochvier Kennels at Midland,
Virginia. At the time, I was not far from the kennel, maybe forty-five
minutes or so. And yes, there was a female golden available.
Would I like to see her? Yes! And off I went, not realizing of
course that I was entering a whole new world, the bright and
glorious world of Delphi.
I didn't pick Delphi, she picked me.
She had been a show dog but that type of life was not for her.
At a year and a half she was more than ready to do something
else. The only trouble was she had to find a way to let me know
what that "something" was and how much I was to be
a part of it.
It had never occurred to me that animals and people were not
all part of one family. I grew up with my springer spaniel, Freckles,
beside me. A bantam chicken by the name of Snookie always had
morning coffee with my mother. Well, Snookie sipped cream out
of the coffee cup saucer. She would hop right up on mother's
bed and wait patiently for her cream to be served. What with
cats and dogs, horses and ponies, lambs and sheep, chickens of
all shapes and sizes, fancy pigeons, parakeets, turtles and rabbits,
how was I to know that humans were supposed to be different from
animals? I didn't!
Oh, I did not start right off hearing animals talk -- at least
I don't think so. If there was any kind of language between us
to begin with, I suppose it was the language of love and high
regard for one another. We were friends.
Lately I have been aware of a sacred, silent language between
child and animal. I have watched small children visiting Delphi
and her brother Chipper. The loudest and most boisterous child
can sit with Delphi or walk beside Chipper without a word being
spoken -- yet they are speaking words, I know. Words that I cannot
hear nor understand. Watching them as they communicate without
sound, I am struck by a world many adults have eliminated from
their consciousness. It is a world of movement, of dancing secret
codes that only the childlike mind and pure animal heart can
understand. This book is really dedicated to that world and to
all of us -- young and old -- finding it.
When people ask me how to communicate with animals, I say, "I
open my heart wide and express love and respect to them. Then
I hear them." This was not a slow process for me. It was
sudden. And it can be sudden for you, too, if you open your heart
as I have done. All life is in communication. It is just that
humans have isolated themselves from "the web of life."
To be in Delphi's presence is to be
constantly amazed at her intelligence, her gift of wisdom, her
command of energy. As far as I know, she has never been exposed
to the Navajo People; yet she sings us back into the Beauty Way,
an experience that is awesome to any and all who are fortunate
to take this path with her.
Delphi reaches out to all of us in a partnership of animals and
people. She tells us that we can heal our earth and ourselves
by remembering our connection with one another. Many books have
been written about self-growth, self-actualization, and even
self-self! Delphi says that is not the point at all. We've missed
it entirely! She says, "We're all about love and how we
can work together as partners. It is through the heart,"
Delphi says, "that we can join with all life in the coming
of a bright new world."
Delphi and I share in this book a portion of the animal communication
classes we convened in Tucson, Arizona. The events and Delphi's
words are accurate. Only the names of the students attending
the classes have been changed. I believe that these classes illustrate
that when humans and animals become partners, miracles can happen
and they do.
I feel blessed to offer this book to you and I know Delphi is
joyous that you are reading it.
P.S. Delphi is pronounced DEL-PHEEE.