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Vail Valley books: Communicating with animals

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Shane Macomber/Special to the Vail DailyKate Solisti, a self-described animal communicator, will speak at The Bookworm of Edwards in Colorado's Vail Valley Thursday night

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – When West Vail, Colorado resident Christine Werner realized her elderly cocker spaniel, Morgan, wouldn’t last the year, she remembered a friend’s advice. A year earlier, her friend had talked with Kate Solisti, an self-described animal communicator, after her dog had passed away. She was so taken with Solisti’s talents, she bought multiple copies of her books to give away to friends.

“I was happy for my friend but it didn’t match anything going on in my life at the time,” Werner said. “Then at the beginning of this year, I knew my dog wouldn’t make it through the year and I remembered Kate.”

After buying one of Solisti’s books, Werner decided she wanted to talk to her.

“I called her and from that moment forward, I had some fabulous experiences with her and she was able to help me with my dog and give me peace and comfort at the end part of his life.”

Werner’s beloved dog passed away recently, just a few months shy of his 17th birthday.

“Because I had him for such a long time, I just felt a need to do something,” Werner said. “I got the idea for Kate to do a booksigning in memory of my dog.”

Solisti, the author of “The Holistic Animal Handbook,” and other books, will visit The Bookworm of Edwards tonight for a lecture and booksigning. The talk will focus on Solisti’s book “The Holistic Animal Handbook,” which talks about the “physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of companion animals,” Solisti said during a phone interview this week. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Vail Pet Partners.

“My goal for the event is to have a room full of lovely, lovely energy because everyone who is there is passionate about their animals and wants to have the best relationship possible with their animals,” Werner said.

Some of Solisti’s earliest memories are of communicating with animals, she said, but when her beloved cat died when she was 6 years old, she “closed it down,” she said.

“No one believed me anyway and I was devastated by the loss. It was really the grief that closed it down.”

It wasn’t until she was in her 20s, and had spent some time in therapy, that she began to reconnect with what she calls her feminine intuitive side and she began to “hear again.”

“When I started to do that, I didn’t have any reference,” she said. “I was living in Washington D.C. and the first beings I heard was not animals, but trees. When I say hearing, I mean sensing feeling.”

The trees gave Solisti a sense of well being and a sense of calm, she said.

“Although I never hear voices – I’m not a clairvoyant who hears voices – I get their thoughts,” Solisti said. “That’s what you might call telepathy. I receive visuals, in pictures, and I receive empathy.”

Solisti also feels temperature. When she’s scanning an animal, sometimes she can tell, for instance, if there’s a block in the animal’s liver or no circulation in its hip.

“I work with a lot of vets in Colorado, in Florida, lots of places. They often consult with me to get help on different cases they can’t get to the bottom of,” she said.

Solisti said more than anything, she’s committed to being as clear a communicator for the animal as possible.

“My main goal is to deepen the bond and understanding between an animal and their human,” she said. “Another piece of my work is I need to be a good counselor. I need to help people feel safe, help them feel open and be very supportive.

“A lot of times people have gone through a lot of frustrating things with vets, trainers and behaviorists and they are at their wits end. Often I’m the last resort.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

What: Kate Solisti, author of “The Holistic Animal Handbook”

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards

When: 6 p.m., Thursday

Cost: $25, includes wine and appetizers. Tickets are still available for this event.

More information: Call 970-926-READ. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Vail Pet Partners. For more information about Kate Solisti, visit

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