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
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
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."
Being on Earth Is All About
By Patricia Jepsen
(2002, 6" x 9", 246 pages, perfect bound,
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.
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
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
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.
Delphi is pronounced DEL-PHEEE.