Critter Connection: Helping pets and owners to heal through their pain |

Critter Connection: Helping pets and owners to heal through their pain

Eighteen years ago, one Russel Valley woman wouldn’t have thought her future career would be something she attributed to a miracle. Years later, her ability to listen to and heal animals is something she credits to a higher power.

“It is a God-given gift,” said animal therapist Leslie Moran, about her ability to work with animals. “It is hard to explain just how the process works.”

Moran, who began her therapy work in San Diego after attending therapy workshops to help work with her dog Tsutska (Toot-ska), learned more about herself, her animals and others during the past 18 years. She said she thanks God every day.

“I have learned that our world and the animal world is interconnected,” she said. “Domestic animals are part of our lives. They are here to help us balance our lives.”


When Moran began therapy with Tsutska, the dog’s life was in turmoil. Plagued with destructive behavior and deeply traumatized by loud noises, Tsutska needed help. Moran said by working with the 1-year-old dog, she opened both of their minds.

“Tsutska let me in and told me how someone had broken into her home when she was a puppy,” she said. “There were shots fired from a gun, which explains why she was so afraid of loud noises.”

Moran said she experienced what she called the core incident with Tsutska and found when Tsutska was reliving her fears, she wasn’t aware of her present situation.

“When she would begin the (symptomatic behaviors) she didn’t even know where she was or if I was trying to help calm her,” she said. “It was almost as if she was in a trance.”

Moran began working with Tsutska, and to date has worked with hundreds of animals from around the nation. Pet owners from Florida, California, Texas, Colorado and New York have contacted Moran to help heal their animals. She doesn’t need to jump on planes, trains or into automobiles, she rather opts to have their photos sent to her. It is the first step in the process.

“I work better with pictures,” she said. “I can communicate better with animals when I’m not competing with their environments and this way they can stay where they are and I can work with them from a distance.

“Don’t ask me how.”

There are different facets of Moran’s therapy. When an animal is unruly, she tries to communicate and work with the animals complaints and imbalances. If an animal is sick, she tries to find its imbalances and heal it through diet and communication.

“People have told me that the communication part is easy,” she said. “They told me it’s the healing part that’s a gift.”

Moran has healed cats, dogs, skunks and horses long distance from her home in Colorado, where she lived before moving to Russel Valley in September. The testimonials are sincere and heartfelt.

“Leslie helped to provide and affirm a conceptual framework for understanding what was going on with Rascal (a cat) on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels,” Dr. W. Terry Frank wrote about Moran’s work during his cat’s case of antifreeze poisoning.

A Boulder, Colo., woman wrote about how Moran helped her horse to heal after an emotional separation from its owner in Sweden.

“What I got from her (Moran) was so thorough and so deep a healing for Orfec (her horse) that it completely destroyed all lingering doubts I had about the posers of the non-visible,” she said. “An example of this would be a picture that she saw of a little girl back in Sweden who came to see Orfec everyday, bringing treats for him. Leslie could see and feel how deeply he missed the ritual. She was able to cry for him and help him to release a large part of the grief. Toady he is the clown of his side of the barn.”

Local believers

Closer to home, Russel Valley resident Richard Waller said seeing was believing.

“I’m from Missouri,” he said. “You’ve got to show me to make me believe.”

But a believer Moran made him after she worked with his llamas – especially his llama Gus.

Waller said Gus wasn’t getting along with the other llamas and was difficult to deal with.

Waller said Moran spent hours with all the llamas and transcribed what the llamas had told her into a 45-minute cassette.

Waller said Moran found Gus to be an “isolate” because his previous owner had spoiled him and treated him like one of her family.

“He thought he was a human with the woman who owned him before,” Waller said. “When he tried to become a llama with our herd and wasn’t accepted, he didn’t feel like a human or a llama.”

Waller said he did some research into Gus’ past and found Moran was on target.

“It was pretty interesting,” Waller said. “After Leslie spent time with Gus, the frown he always had went away and he seemed to get along with the others better.”

Moran told Waller that Gus’ problem stemmed from a broken heart. She said his previous owner promised she wouldn’t leave him and when she was no longer able to care for them, she put them up for auction. She said Gus was depressed.

“I’m more of a believer today,” Waller said.

Squaw Valley’s Joanie Wenger said her dog Brightdot had suffered a stroke just before she met Moran.

“I was about to make a decision whether I should put my dog to sleep,” she said. “Leslie said she would communicate with Brightdot to find out what she wanted. It was to live.”

Wenger said her dog healed almost instantly after Moran’s session.

“We changed Brightdot’s diet and Leslie mixed up essential oils and herbs specifically formulated to help her,” she said. “She has a gift and it works.”

Finding lost pets

Moran’s abilities also include locating lost animals. Although she hasn’t been asked to find many, she said she has a 30 percent success rate.

“It’s not the number that excites me,” she said. “It’s the way I’ve been able to find them.”

She told a Denver woman, whose cat was missing, that the cat had been been shot with a BB gun. She said the owner was convinced the cat would never return. Finally the cat came home and to the owner’s surprise had a BB pellet lodged under its skin.

Moran also helped a Sacramento woman find a missing dog.

“I told her I saw the dog in a drainage ditch and that was where she found her dog,” she said.

She added she is still humbled by the amount of healing she offers to animals.

“I’m humbled every time someone calls me and asks me to help an animal,” she said. “It’s so satisfying when I get letters back saying how much better an animal is doing.”

Moran has helped animals not only survive, but live long, healthy lives after bouts with leukemia, kidney disease, allergies, arthritis and nervous system disorders.

“Animals make their own decisions about whether they want to heal or not,” she said. “But it is my experience that animals in the most pain really want to get better.”

For information, call Moran’s Critter Connection at 587-4980.

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