Most recent issue of I LOVE CATS magazine did an article about my work, featuring three of my cases. I am grateful that a more main-stream magazine was brave enough to mention energy healing to their readers. Hopefully some cats in the future will be helped with this article in educating people that there is an alternative to drugs and surgery for ourselves and our animal friends.


Read "Diving Calling" from I Love Cats magazine

If you had told Bonnie Illies five years ago that she would be making a living one day as an intuitive animal healer, she never would have believed it. I would have thought, ‘How kooky is this person?’ she laughs.

In fact, Bonnie had spent a good deal of her adult life working in corporate America at a job that fulfilled her financial needs but left her emotionally unsatisfied. Her soul searching led to an interest in alternative healing practices. I started reading books on Chinese medicine, which advocates a much more holistic and intuitive approach to treating health problem, Bonnie said.

She also took a class in Qi Gong (an ancient Eastern practice based in energy healing) and attended courses in Healing Touch at a local college. In the meantime, she cleaned houses to pay the bills. Her new line of work and her growing interest in holistic healing came together serendipitously when her housecleaning clients started confiding in her about problems with their pets.

Her journey as an intuitive healer began when one client’s young dog developed behavioral issues. When Bonnie’s friends learned of this incident, they were immediately curious and asked her to take a look at their pets.

Word of Bonnie’s healing began to spread throughout her friends, then among friends of friends, and it wasn’t long before she found herself fielding calls from strangers eager to enlist her services. Although she loved working with animals and felt encouraged by her successes, it wasn’t until she had performed roughly 30 energy healings that she realized she had finally discovered her true passion.

Soon Bonnie was able to give up her housecleaning job to concentrate full time on establishing her intuitive healing practice, aided by word of mouth from clients and friends. She even began receiving referrals from two Minneapolis veterinarians who were impressed with the work she had done on their own pets.

Within months, she found her practice expanding so rapidly that she was unable to visit everyone who sought her out for treatments. To remedy this situation, she began practicing long distance or remote healings which involve the same type of treatment:

The energy work that I do has roots in faith and prayer, when you pray for someone, it’s not necessary to be physically present with them. In the same sense, remote healings work just as well whether the animal is next door or in another state, she says.

This new method of healing enabled Bonnie to work with clientele that were too far way to visit in person. This was a definite plus for Ruth Hein of Anchorage, Alaska, who sought Bonnie’s help for her cat Mystic.

Soon after my husband and I adopted Mystic from the shelter, we noticed that he had a problem with excessive grooming, so much so that he had developed a bald patch on his back where he was pulling out all the hair. He had also stopped using the litter box. Concerned, Ruth took Mystic to the veterinarian to seek treatment for his hair pulling. Mystic was given anti-histamine shots and a topical treatment to soothe his skin, but nothing seemed to help. Then after a scary week of having him on a low-dose tranquilizer and watching him become completely inactive, she decided to try a new approach.

Even with hearing all her success stories, I thought it sounded silly, especially since Bonnie is in Minnesota and I live in Alaska-3,000 miles way! Figuring that at least this new form of treatment wouldn’t hurt Mystic, Ruth decided to give it a try.

Bonnie discovered that Mystic’s hair pulling stemmed from a problem with his kidney and liver, exacerbated by a urinary blockage he had suffered during his stay at the shelter. She performed a remote healing on Mystic, concentrating on his liver and kidneys. Over the next few days, Ruth says Mystic’s hair pulling subsided, and he began using his litter box regularly.

She had Bonnie perform a second healing, after which Mystic stopped pulling his hair out altogether.

Bonnie is really great, Ruth says now. She’s been very helpful with general tips, such as diet and proper nutrition for Mystic. I’m glad I decided to give her a try.

Laurie Tyner of St. Louis Park, MN had all but given up hope by the time she contacted Bonnie for help for her Siamese mix, Kleopatra.

I had taken Kleo to the veterinarian for a teeth cleaning, and the sedative shot that they gave her ended up making her sick. She stopped eating and drinking and became so listless that she only left her bed to use the litter box.

Laurie took Kleo back to the veterinarian to give her fluids and an appetite stimulate. After spending over $500 in traditional veterinary care on Kleopatra and seeing little improvement, Laurie grabbed Bonnie’s business card at her local pt food store. I was in tears by the time I called her. Laurie remembers.

Bonnie immediately saw that Kleo’s kidneys were failing. She performed a remote healing on Kleo, and then gave me suggestions about her diet and supplements to give her. She recommended cat grass to help with Kleo’s digestion and told me to make sure she was getting a lot of fluids.

Though Kleo’s health has greatly improved since her first healing, Laurie still consults Bonnie monthly for what she calls kitty tune-ups to check on her progress.

by Andie Ryan

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