Your dog has disappeared. Could a pet medium get them back?

“A lot of people just want comfort, they’re desperate to find their family member” (iStock)

One of the first things Paris Hilton did when her beloved chihuahua Diamond Baby went missing on Sept. 14 hired a pet psychic. Then she hired seven more. Seems a bit ridiculous – surely if the first, second or third pet seer couldn’t find Diamond Baby, then the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh couldn’t either. But that’s perhaps unsurprising, given the hotel heiress’ love of her fur babies. She is rarely seen without one cradled in the crook of her arm.

Whether or not you believe clairvoyance is totally insane, Hilton’s determination to exhaust all avenues of her research — even metaphysics — is highly relevant to most pet owners.

Kwok from Hong Kong knows the script all too well. When her foster dog Cosimo went missing in April 2008, she was desperate to find him. The Lhasa Apso, then eight years old, had been entrusted to him for just under three months before disappearing into the night, just before a “black storm” hit the island. Kwok and her ex-husband, who was the last to see Cosimo because he had walked the dog without a harness or leash, searched in vain for days.

Kwok was devastated. It was then that she was asked to use a pet medium by the name of Rosina Maria Arquati. “She was so nice and very friendly. She asked me to send her pictures of Cosimo,” Kwok explains. Arquati told Kwok what she “saw” through the dog’s eyes. “Apparently he was inside someone’s house [which had] a bigger dog, and Cosimo was very terrified. I had no idea where it could be, but at least I knew Cosimo was safe.

Later, Arquati suddenly contacted Kwok to tell him that his meditation class had focused his psychic energies to help him find Cosimo. Less than an hour later, Kwok’s husband received a phone call from a woman who said she had the dog. She soon returned him safe and sound. It was “strange”, says Kwok. “I think the woman had found Cosimo and, given how cute he was, maybe she wanted to keep him. And it seems like something changed her mind. I’d like to think it was Rosina’s psychic persuasion.

Happy endings are rarely the case when it comes to missing pets, and pet mediums are usually not the answer. After all, Diamond Baby is still missing. But no one can blame an anguished homeowner for taking desperate measures to find a missing family member. Or, alternatively, try to contact a family member who has passed away. And yes, for most people who have them, pets are family members. Hilton has described her dog as “really like a girl to me”, and a 2022 Blue Cross survey found that the vast majority (95%) of pet owners in the UK see their pet as doing part of the family. Going to see a psychic after losing a loved one is not as uncommon as one might think, with approximately a quarter of Britons having seen one before. Why wouldn’t this also be the case for an extinct animal?

This may be because pet psychics don’t have the best reputation. There is simply no evidence that humans can have a telepathic conversation with an animal, a skill that some pet psychics claim to have mastered. I try like I do when I repeatedly beg my Bertie for answers on why he’s not eating his dinner, it’s a very one-sided conversation. Most people are also wary of the cost, with some pet psychics charging hundreds of pounds for their ‘services’ whether they work or not. In the US, these services can range from $100 (£89) to $1,200, according to a report.

For skeptics like me, the thought of a pet psychic conjures up images of Dr. Dolittle nearly crashing his car because his daughter’s guinea pig talked to him on his way to the vet. The idea that humans might be able to get real answers from the blank, yet irresistibly cute stares of their pets seems, well, ridiculous.

That’s how Paula Stewart, from Liverpool, felt when she thought about seeing a pet psychic after her dog Mitzi died in 2021. seriously thought about it. I only stopped thinking about it when a friend used one and the results were laughable.

She adopted her Rottweiler-mastiff cross dog in 2014, a year after her father died of cancer. Six years later, Mitzi was also diagnosed with cancer and passed away. “It was like losing my dad all over again. I missed her so much, it was so intense at the time and I felt like I needed to talk to her and know that she didn’t suffer too much.

I’m still only human. I want to help, but there really are no guarantees.

Stewart only gave up on the idea after hearing a recording of her friend’s session with a pet psychic. The clairvoyant had charged her friend around £200 and got nothing good for her pet. “It was so bad, it must have been a seam,” she said. “It really put me off doing it. I would always be willing to do it if I thought someone was reliable, but I couldn’t find anyone. I would proceed with caution because it can really cost you.

But there are pet psychics who really want to use their abilities to help in an ethical way. Elizabeth Lee-Crowther, author and pet psychic who appears regularly on ITV, says she often gets calls from worry-sick owners, but is careful not to make any promises. “People can become very vulnerable when they’ve lost a pet and it’s just not fair to say, ‘Yes, I can find them for you’ because the truth is I may not be able to. not do it,” she said. “I’m still only human. I want to help, but there really are no guarantees.

Lee-Crowther says she doesn’t mind skeptics coming to her as a last resort. “I don’t lead anyone and it’s fine if they don’t believe me. A lot of people just want comfort, they’re desperate for a family member, so why would I deny them just because they don’t necessarily believe in what I’m doing? She also doesn’t charge a fee for people trying to find their missing pets.

Ultimately, this is the most valuable thing a pet medium can offer: comfort. When all hope seems lost and grief sets in, having someone who understands what you’re going through can be incredibly reassuring. Not everyone gets it when an animal dies or goes missing. Hearing words like “It’s just a pet, you can have another one!” can be a real punch in the gut. So receiving comfort from a psychic, even if it’s not real, can be a powerful placebo.

Paris Hilton with her Diamond Baby chihuahua in 2019 (Shutterstock)

Paris Hilton with her Diamond Baby chihuahua in 2019 (Shutterstock)

Diane James, Companion Animal Bereavement Support Manager at Blue Cross, says people have the right to seek comfort from anywhere or anyone they think they can help, without judgement. “Very often when an animal goes missing, the owners blame themselves,” she says. “There’s a lot of guilt, a lot of ‘I shouldn’t have done that’ or ‘I should have done that’. If going to a pet psychic can help ease some of that guilt and that feel it’s good for them, so why not?

Of course, if your pet goes missing, a psychic really shouldn’t be your first port of call. People are often so panicked that they forget the more practical steps they can take. James advises contacting your local council to see if the local authority dog ​​keeper has picked up your stray dog. You should also call nearby local authorities in case your dog has wandered into other areas, as well as local kennels and charities.

Alas, if a happy reunion is not on the agenda, there are plenty of other avenues to get help, whether through family or a helpline like the Helpline in mourning for the Blue Cross. And if you contact a medium, who knows? A whole new celestial plan may reveal itself to you. Pet hopefully included.