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Meet the Author: Tim Link

A special thanks to Tim Link for taking the time to let us interview him and get to know him and his special talent a little better.  Tim was nice enough to send us a signed copy of his recent book Wagging Tales .  We’ll have a random drawing on Friday including all of those who comment on the post. Can’t think of a comment?  …What do you think your pet would communicate with Tim about? …What was your favorite pet? …Strangest pet experience?  Congratulations to Gale G. (badgerdoglover)!

Tim Link

Tim’s Bio: Tim Link is an author, writer, speaker, president and CEO of Wagging Tales and is a full-time animal communicator. As part of his passion for helping animals, Tim also has mastered Reiki – an ancient art of energy healing – which he uses on animals.

Tim has recently been featured in numerous newspaper, television and radio shows including the Associated Press, “FOX & Friends”, “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” “Good Day Atlanta,” Forsyth County News, The Bronx Times, Species Link, “Live Your Legacy”, “Cumming Home”, Luxury Las Vegas, Woman2Woman, Atlanta Magazine, “Everyday with Marcus & Lisa”, Detroit Free Press, “Good Day Columbus”, “Good Morning Texas”, Gwinnett Daily Post, “Colorado & Company”, “Good Day Colorado”, Shirley MacLaine’s “Independent Expression” internet radio show, Pet Gazette, “San Diego Living”, Aquarius, “Mornings with Lorri and Larry”, “Sonoran Living”, “The Pat McMahon Show”, Palladium-Item, “Arizona Midday”, Tails, “Tennessee Mornings”, “More at Midday”, Animal Fair and remains a regular guest on two internet radio shows. Since May 2008, Tim has been a featured AJCpets.com expert for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tim Link with Better Mornings Atlanta host Jennifer Valdez and her dog, Sadie

Tim Link with Better Mornings Atlanta host Jennifer Valdez and her dog, Sadie

Tim grew up in Richmond, Ind. He married his high school sweetheart, Kim, and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sales and marketing. After graduation, he built a successful twenty plus year career in sales management for the telecommunications industry, earning numerous awards and promotions for his achievements. He was living his dream as an all-American guy.

We Asked Tim:
When and how did you come to realize you had this special ability to be able to understand and communicate with animals?

I realized, with much surprise, that I could communicate with animals in February 2004 while attending an animal communication workshop. During the workshop, which had about 10 participants, we would practice asking questions of the pets that were present at the workshop as well as pets that were represented in photographs at the workshop. Once we were through asking the questions and receiving answers, we would relay the answers we received back to the pet’s human companions to see if what we received was correct. I was totally surprised to learn that all of the answers I had received were correct from each pet that I communicated with that afternoon.

Like many other talents, is this something that was difficult at first and you had to work/study to get better at, or could you tell right away you had a special talent?
I realized right away that I had the gift to communicate with animals. At first, the information came as a few words or an image or two. Over the years, as I have used my gift more and more, the way in which the animals communicate with me has expanded to include feelings, emotions, tastes, smells, full sentences, etc. Any sensation that we can experience as humans, they can experience as well. So, they communicate with me in whatever way they are most comfortable.

You are probably most often contacted about cats and dogs, but can you communicate with all types of animals, and what is the strangest animal that someone has asked you to communicate with?
The most unusual animal that I have been asked to communicate with has been a wart hog. After receiving Jack Hanna’s endorsement on my book, I was sent four pictures of animals that he would be working with in Kenya. One was a wart hog.

Are some more difficult than others?
I haven’t found it difficult to communicate with any type of animal. What is sometimes challenging is determining what the animal means when what they say has no meaning to me. That is when it is helpful for the human companion to be a part of the conversation. Usually, when an animal says something, it definitely has meaning to the family they are a part of.

Wagging Tales by Tim Link

How do you respond to the doubters?
When someone contacts me to help them with their pet I don’t mind if they are a little skeptical. It’s only natural. However, during the consultation I am able to share things that the pet tells me that no one else would know. That is when they know that the gift I have is real. After all, we all want what is best for our furry friends and that is what I am here for.

How many pets do you have?
I have 2 dogs, 8 finches, 1 turtle, 1 rabbit and 4 fish tanks.

Do you feel like you are able to understand what they are thinking all the time, or just at certain times?
I don’t have my gift “on” all the time. However, if I notice that one of the pets is acting differently than they usually do, then I will communicate with them to find out what the problem is.

What is the most unusual animal problem you have been contacted to help with?
The most unusual problem that I’ve been asked to work on is a horse that had stopped eating and drinking over a two week period. The vet said that there wasn’t anything medically wrong with the horse. So, the human companion called me. When I asked the horse why it wasn’t eating or drinking, the horse initially only communicated the words, “Green water”. I didn’t know what that meant and neither did the family. When I asked for clarification from the horse, he showed me an image of the pales in his stall that he ate and drank from. So, I asked the family if there had been a change with these pales in the last two weeks. They said that they used to be green but, about two weeks ago they put new ones in the stall and they were blue. So, I recommended that they put the green pales back as soon as possible and remove the blue pales. As soon as they did this, the horse resumed eating and drinking as usual.

I see you are from the Atlanta area- Do you have a favorite place to go with pets in Atlanta?

I love to take my dogs to the locally owned Red Bandana pet supply stores. When my dogs walk in the door, the look on their faces is priceless. They act like they are in “doggie heaven” with all of the food and treats that they smell. It’s great!

Part of the proceeds from your book, “Wagging Tales”, is donated to animal rescue organizations. Which ones?
During the book tour this year, I partnered with a lot of local rescue organizations in the cities that I visited including Little Shelter in Long Island, NY, Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Denver Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO, Arizona Golden Rescue in Phoenix, AZ, PAWS of Coronado in Coronado, CA, Humane Society of Forsyth County in Atlanta, GA and Lifeline Animal Project in Atlanta, GA. Throughout the year, I also participate in a lot of rescue organizations’ charitable events at which I donate a portion of my proceeds back to those groups including Gwinnett Humane Society, Rescue Me! Animal Project, Our Pal’s Place, Mostly Mutts and Good Mews. In partnering with local groups, it helps them to gain exposure for their organization and donations through the sale of my books.

Have you found animals that are rescued to be different ‘spiritually’ from ones that are not rescued?
Not at all. Each animal is as unique as each human being. They all have their own personalities, likes and dislikes and reasons for being here.

How did you learn about PaperBackSwap?
I initially learned about PaperBackSwap from one of my friends. That same week, at the Georgia Literary Festival, I met someone that worked for PaperBackSwap. He suggested that I participate in an author interview when I had time.

What do you have on your night-stand?

I am usually reading the latest pet/animal-related book.

Find out more about Tim by visiting his website Wagging-Tales.com.

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28 Responses to “Meet the Author: Tim Link”

  1. Ronalyn W. says:

    I am just fasinated by an ability to talk to animals. I would love to know what my dog would say to me.

  2. Gale G. (badgerdoglover) says:

    I’ve had dogs ever since the 1970’s. All were dachshunds or dachshund mix. One special dachshund was Scarlett.

    Once when I took her to the vet for her shots…..the vet gave her the shot and then said something to Scarlett. Scarlett just turned her head away from the vet. I turned her around so she was facing the vet and she again turned her head away. Kindly like, I don’t want to see you.

    Another time, we were sitting on the couch in the evening. All of a sudden I felt something was very wrong with her. I immediately rushed her to the emergency vet. To make it short, Scarlett’s gallbladder had erupted and had surgery the next day.

    I miss her everyday.

  3. Sara H. (rasenna) says:

    I don’t communicate with my pets (or animals in general) telepathically but we do talk through vocalizations and body language. The only time I ever heard one of my pets talk out loud in the human tongue was my calico Thelia. She woke me in the middle of the night saying, “Sick! Momma, I’m sick!” and she vomited, the poor baby. I cleaned up her mess and soothed her back to sleep, making sure she knew that everything was all right. She purred herself back to sleep while I held her and she was fine in the morning. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget!

  4. Priscilla L. (-Priscilla-) says:

    Very interesting topic.

  5. Laura H. (MamaHendo3) , says:

    This is very interesting. I’ve had several experiences and always chalked it up to coincidence. However, one time the “coincidence” was just too real and I began to entertain the idea that maybe my cat, Monty, and I had a special connection. It was New Year’s Eve and we had had a party. I was so exhausted from entertaining all day that I immediately went to bed when the last guest had left. I hadn’t seen Monty in a while but that wasn’t unusual because when company comes over he likes to “hide out”. I instantly fell asleep but I remember dreaming that Monty was crying “Help!” It was so real and so vivid that I instantly awoke and went downstairs to find him. It was about 2 o’clock in the morning and my husband was still up and when I asked him if he had seen Monty lately, he replied he hadn’t so I became really concerned. Monty is strictly an indoor cat so I knew he had to be in the house somewhere. Monty always comes when I call, even if he’s asleep, so when I started calling him and he didn’t come, I got a “little” anxious. I checked all over the house, under the beds, even in the garage. But no Monty! By that time, I was in panic mode because Monty is just like one of my kids. I finally went to front door to call him in case he had “escaped” when all the guests were coming and going and there, sitting at the front door, was Monty with a look on his face of “about time”! He apparently had been outside for quite a while because he came “flying” in the door and was quite cold. I immediately wrapped him up in a blanket and took him to bed with me. But I am convinced that if he hadn’t communicated with me via the dream, he would have spent the night outside in the frigid air.

  6. Sara H. (rasenna) says:

    Oh, wow, Laura! Thank goodness he was okay!

  7. Eva Marie L. (babyjulie) , says:

    I am very skeptical of this ability but as a true dog lover (an animal lover in general!) I want to read this book. I’ve seen/heard of other similiar stories but never read any blogs or author comments so they seemed generic. This guy seems like he may be the real deal. I must admit, I’m very interested.

  8. (kktb1216) says:

    I cant wait to read the book. Sounds very interesting.

  9. Susan D. (sdeeds) says:

    I do think very truly that some people do have the gift to more clearly communicate with animals than others. While I can’t say that I’ve had experiences like Mr. Link’s, I have always felt instant connections with every dog I have met. And I think most of us have had that kind of moment where we intuitively know something is wrong with our pet – but it’s gotta be loved based 🙂

  10. Eva Marie L. (babyjulie) , says:

    I’ve definitely had those moments with animals of mine Susan, for sure. Many of them actually. I don’t even consider that strange. I guess I feel like that’s different kind of but in a way it’s not so different. I’d love to learn more about it though. And how cool would it be to find out what your pet wants to say to you?!

  11. Kathy L. says:

    As a veterinarian, I’m a little skeptical about this, but would definately be interested in what the author has to say. I think animals definately have their own form of communication, and respond and communicate to us through emotions and body gestures, but I don’t think they can transmit their thoughts to us in words per say, as the author seems to be suggesting.

  12. Beth K. (Ladydragonfly) says:

    This is a very interesting subject. I have had my own experiences with my pets as well, though I never thought much about it in this aspect.
    I will definitely look into reading this book as I would like to learn more and would love to be able to communicate better with my dog.

  13. Tara S. (Tara35) says:

    This book sounds intriguing, and I’m happy to hear that Mr. Link regularly donates to animal organizations! Cheers.

  14. Janet M. (BookwormMoucha) says:

    I’m very interested in reading this book. I have had animals all my life from cats and dogs to horses. Right now my Jack Russell and I share a special relationship. He seems to always know how I feel and acts accordingly. He is also very good at telling me how he’s feeling. However, the animal I was able to communicate with best was my horse. I guess you could say we were very good at reading each other’s minds. I had her for 25 years and they were the best years ever. Putting her down last year was like losing a very close family member and best friend and hurts even today a year later.
    So when it comes to being able to communicate with animals, I truly believe in it. I just wish I could communicate with them like Mr. Link.

  15. Mona K. says:

    I think we share a special bond with our pets. I would love to be able to communicate with all animals in the way the author describes but am satisfied with being able to understand my companions. When I adopted my cat Alice it was close to a year after my precious cat Coco passed at the ripe old age of 17. She was 7 months old and been passed to and from 3 different homes. We met for 2 min and decided she should come home with us. When we got her back to our place she strolled out of the carrier, looked around like she had lived there all her life, gave the dog a look that said “oh, your still here” and that was it. She was home. My husband swears she is Coco reincarnated and like Coco, she is my constant companion.

  16. This is absolutely fascinating! I can’t wait to read the book!

  17. Linda R. says:

    I’ve got to admit I am one of the doubters. But, I have a very open mind and would find this book fascinating. This is a subject that very little is known or heard about.

  18. Cindy I. (cindyrella64) says:

    I have been an animal lover all my life and have always had a special bond with them, this is an intriquing subject and I can’t wait to read the book!

  19. Eileen G. , says:

    As a member of an animal rescue team, being able to understand where animals are at in their heads is so very important. Stress is such a huge consideration for these animals. I practice Reiki and have found that being able to soothe and calm animals, will make any trauma go much easier. Thanks so much for suggesting this book. I am looking forward to reading it, and sharing it with friends.

  20. Christina B. (cbowman1) says:

    I would be interested to see this, but then would feel bad for making him come all the way to me just as a test. I wouldn’t be able to afford to go to him

  21. What a wonderful gift to have been given! This is so fascinating. Would absolutely love to read this book. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Kimberly I. (RaccoonGirl) says:

    I am a huge animal lover as well, and although I do have some doubts as to the depth of this communication, I am intrigued. I do believe many people can communicate with animals on some level, but to actually exchange so much information is amazing. This book will have to be a must read.

    I would be interested to know if animals, dogs mainly, experience grief. We recently lost one of our dogs, and the other seemed deeply upset for days afterwords. Most things I read said he should be over it within a couple of weeks, and although he seems fine for the most part, he still seems to be a little lost at times without his companion. I wonder if he still misses her.

    Also I wonder if in all the communication if anything about a spiritual world or afterlife has come up. I’ve not quite made up my mind yet on what I believe, but I have seen my dog on a couple of occasions do his excited bark and “happy dance” that he only did when he was going to play with the other dog into the empty air. I can remember even asking him at that time if his “sissy” was there.

  23. Deb T. says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Will recommend for book club 🙂

  24. Whitty says:

    I am always a bit of a Doubting Thomas but anything is possible. It sounds like a great book, would make a wonderful gift to an animal lover.

  25. Margaret S. (mzakzoe) says:

    I will be reading your book, sometimes my dogs seems to be able to talk to me too.

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