Thirteen Questions for Camille
1. In business since: Started this part of my journey in 1998.
2. What exactly do you do: I am an animal communicator. I speak with all animals and assist them and their caregivers to communicate in a more clear fashion. I work with an animal’s behaviours, emotions, health issues and feelings. I refer animals to appropriate medical practitioners when applicable and receive referrals from vets and others.
3. Who will we meet when we visit your business (staff): I don’t have a business location, but instead I visit an animal in it’s home to ensure a more relaxing visit for the animal.
4. You started this because: I talked with animals all my life, but originally thought they understood everyone the way they did me. That proved to be untrue. I realized as an adult that animals listened to me and spoke to me so that I intuitively knew what was needed, wanted or expected. It only made sense to me to share this ‘gift’ with others to enhance the communication between caregivers and their special companions.
5. Your motto/vision statement: Enhancing communication to enrich interspecies interactions.
6. Most gratifying moment: When an animal is so sick the decision is to euthanize it, and communication with the animal reveals a second opinion will find the cause of the illness and save it’s life.
7. Biggest inspiration or influence: Animals everywhere! The continue to inspire me daily.
8. Any celebrity customers? (local or otherwise): Not that I know of! Every caregiver thinks their special animal is a celebrity!
9. What causes / charities / local events do you support? Animal rescue groups – whenever they ask I come out to speak at an event. I also have authored several stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul and have those books available (at a low price) for fund-raising opportunities for animals.
10. What business-related story do you tell at dinner parties? Folks always want to hear about my latest animal stories, some funny, some sad, but all heartwarming.
11. If you could tell your customers one thing about your business that they don’t know, what would it be? Although I love to physically visit with animals, I don’t have to do so and can also visit with them from a distance.
12. What do you hope your customers experience when they walk in the door? When I walk in their door – I hope they feel relaxed, a release of their worry or burden regarding their animal’s issue or problem and feel that they are making the right decision about their animal’s care. The animal is always relaxed and content to speak with me. In fact, in multi-animal households, they typically line up to talk with me!
13. Plans for the future? To continue visiting with animals and their caregivers. More public speaking at events to encourage people to talk with their animals like they do another person – animals understand so much more than what people think they do. Continue writing stories about animals, and get my book published!