Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Murdoch.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Liz. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first discovered I could understand what a dog was thinking when a kindergarten classmate brought her grey poodle for Show and Tell. The dog had its nails painted purple with a matching bow attached to an ear. I remember standing next to the dog and having a knowing sense that it wanted to do more than just be decorated and stand in front of us. That dog left me with a longing to have a dog I could communicate and care for beyond what I’d seen in class.
When I was about seven years old, my mom let me pick out a puppy and I was forever bonded with dogs. He followed me everywhere, slept with me, and training him came so naturally we won a blue ribbon in the County Fair. My parents were wide-eyed as I was the only child in the ring.
Years later as an adult it was while training and working in Animal Assisted Therapy with my own dog Sam I realized I could understand what he wanted or was thinking just by looking in his eyes a certain way and connecting him. When we were working with teams of doctors and patients, I could tell by looking in his eyes when he wanted to go for a walk, the bathroom, was thirsty, tired, etc. I don’t know how I did it, just looking in his eyes I would know. When he was older and became ill, I had that same knowing when it was time to call our vet and say goodbye. The night he died, I awoke in the night feeling his nose nudging me and heard a strange wind come up and chimes in our backyard suddenly rang while a train in the distance rode by. Sam let me pet him in a weird invisible way and as his presence left, I saw a shimmering image in my bedroom. As his presence left, so did the train and the chimes in the back yard continued ringing despite there no longer being any wind.
After Sam’s passing, I ended up working with a rescue in Northern California fostering and evaluating dogs. Because of my background in education, I also gave presentations in schools and for local organizations about dogs, their care, and best practices in having a dog. As my work expanded, I started focusing on my animal communication skills and work. I started getting lots of referrals to talk with people’s pets and ultimately decided to start a business encompassing the many aspects of my interests, abilities and experience.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest challenge has been figuring out how to run my own business. Since hiring a Dog Whisperer is not an established service that most dog people consider a necessity, I realized I needed to implement the basics of any entrepreneur, as in being clear on my ideal clients, helping them see the need and benefit of my services, and building a solid business foundation.
While I can talk and understand what any type of animal is thinking, I decided to focus on the dog niche since I’m especially comfortable, familiar and experienced with dogs. I also have lots of ideas on what I want to do within my business so I’ve had to be highly organized, adopt a phased approach of products and services, and also create an infrastructure to support creation and expansion as a viable business. It’s also important to honor the essence of what I love, communicating with pets and supporting their best care and relationships with their people, whether family or service providers.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Talking with the Dogs!™ – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
As an Animal Communicator, I find out what animals are thinking and want their people to know. I can ask and get answers from animals and do body scans to assess how an animal is feeling and experiencing within the body. I also support people and their pets with end of life decisions and the grief and crossing over process.
I decided to specialize in dogs at the recommendation of a marketing specialist who advised the importance of a niche. While I chat with lots of horses, cats and animals including snakes, iguanas, bunnies, turtles I definitely spend most of my time talking with the dogs!
People tell me frequently how much they appreciate the specific details I”m able to receive pertaining to each dog and its people. I’m also told I’m unique in that my style is very conversational as if I’m actually just chatting with an animal, which I am. For me, talking with an animal is no different than switching gears and speaking French or Italian with a friend. I love doing this and am proud that over the last few years, I’ve made steady progress building my business and launching my podcast with listeners and clients all over the world.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am really excited for the future of my bigger brand with the dogs! and the possibilities to educate and entertain dog people in new ways. I have several books in development, a coaching and training program to help dog care professionals better understand the dogs they work with, and the expansion of my www.dogstories.com website as a place where both adults and children can come together sharing and enjoying dog stories.
- Website: www.talkingwiththedogs.com
- Phone: 310-526=0644
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @talkingwiththedogs
- Facebook: @Talkingwiththedogs
- Twitter: @talkingwithdogs
- Other: www.dogstories.com