After she talked to our cats, I knew we needed JA to talk to our long-haired German Shepherd Elka. Elka is a very sensitive dog, who feels uncomfortable with change. I thought our upcoming move and combining households might be upsetting her, or maybe the problem was my dog-hating cat ... but whatever it was, she was upset and telling her to calm down only made things worse. It was clear something significant was bothering her and the problem was getting worse, but we had no way to tell what it was or reassure her.
JA plugged right in and found that there there were two main concerns ... one, my cat was indeed being very hostile, and the other was, she was afraid her closest companion animal was going to be left behind in the move and forgotten about. What a terrible feeling!
JA was able to reassure Elka her "sissy" would not be left behind in the move, and even somehow managed to convince my dog-hating cat to be a little kinder. Since our session, Elka has been visibly calmer, and there has been notably less hostility between cat and dog.
These things are wonderful in themselves ... household conflicts are not very fun for everyone. But at a richer, more subtle level, leaning about my pets this way exposed a whole world of interaction, preferences and personalities that are normally somewhat invisible ... kind of like the upstairs/downstairs divide in Downton Abbey!