Karen is an award-winning animal communicator and best-selling author who specializes in pet loss and the afterlife. She has documented her journey with her books, 'The Amazing Afterlife of Animals' and 'Hear All Creatures'.
She also offers animal communication coaching programs for all skill levels as well as loving support and guidance for those struggling with the loss of a beloved companion.
Karen is the CEO and founder of Painted Rain Ranch, a non-profit animal sanctuary that serves as a final refuge for elderly, special needs, and abandoned companion animals. Located on a 30-acre farm in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Karen devotes her life to helping animals in need.
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I made the decision to put down my 14 year old cairn terrier, Miyah, over the weekend and was going to call and get an appt on Monday morning. That morning I woke up to a light above my bed, which I believe was her “brother” Rocky who we had to put down 7 years earlier. Never had I seen this light in my bedroom before in the morning. Our other dogs all told Miyah goodbye before we left and Louie even gave her a kiss. That afternoon we took Miyah to the vet and she peacefully passed away while I told her I loved her. She looked the most peaceful I had seen her in years. Two days later I was sleeping and Miyah came to me in a dream. She was laying in the sun, which she loved to do. She looked so good and I immediately knew all was well with her. It had been a hard decision to put Miyah down as we knew it was time but we just didn’t want to do it. When Miyah came to us she was so broken and hid behind chairs. It took some time for her to come out from behind the chairs and then when Rocky passed away she wouldn’t go outside in the backyard at all anymore. Miyah went with us when we got Louie but she never really got along with him. A year later we adopted a big yellow lab that Miyah thought was her baby. She mothered him and loved to play with him. Two years ago we got another cairn terrier and Miyah mothered her too until the end and then they were fighting with each other. The last year of Miyah’s life she wanted to lay on the couch with me and cuddle which she never did the entire time we had her. I felt she was always trying to tell me that it was time but I was selfish and just didn’t want Miyah to go. I know now that Miyah is at peace with Rocky and I have their ashes in urns. I have made a shrine for both of them and know they are with me each and every day. I still feel them both each day. You have definitely helped find peace with each loss I have experienced and for that I thank you!
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Miyah, and her brother Rocky. I have no doubt Rocky visited you in that light you saw. They will do that to let you know they are near. No matter how much we do for our angels we always find a way to somehow blame ourselves for what happened but the animals never do. I have learned so much from them. They know that we love them more than life itself and would do anything for them. I’m so glad I could be a positive part of your journey. Thank you for sharing…Sending love and healing
I am so grateful for you, Karen! I’ve spent too long beating myself up over the loss of my Yorkie, Sadie. It won’t bring her back and I’m sure she is trying so hard to let me know she is okay. I will now watch for all the signs that she is near and not waste another moment blaming myself for her passing. Thank you thank you thank you!
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Sadie. I have done the same thing so don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m sure she knows how much you love her and miss her and will love it when you say her name out loud. Let go of that blame…she will never hold anything but love in her heart for you. Sending love and healing.
Not a day passes that I don’t grieve for Sully, my black and white tuxedo cat. He was the love of my life and I have no doubt he is trying to let me know he is near. Your books have helped me realize this and this poem is in your Afterlife of Animals book and it still brings a tear to my eyes. It’s so sad because it’s so true. Thank you for this reminder and for all you do to help those of us who are lost without our furry kids.
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Sully. To know that my books have helped you on this difficult journey brings so much joy into my heart. Yes, this poem is in the book and it is very powerful which is why I wanted to share it again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and I send you peace and healing
I’ve had a brush against my arm,jump on my bed, name on radio, something out of the corner of my eye, but the one that really stands out is a vivid dream I had of my boy Doobie,during my dream he gave me a kiss, which he did when asked, but not this time, he gave a kiss that was so real it was like I wasn’t even dreaming, down to the wetness of his nose and lips!
Your Doobie is truly an angel, Frank, as I know him well. I am so sorry for all of your losses and to those who are reading this Frank’s story is in my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals, in the Reincarnation Chapter. His boy, Captain led Frank to my site and the rest is…history. Amazing messages, countless signs, and an abundance of incredible moments. Thank you, Frank, for being a friend, and sharing your boys with us. Sending love as always.
If I had not found you I don’t think I would be here today. I was in a deep dark place after I lost my shepherd mix, Layla. She was my constant companion and when she died I was completely devastated. I’m going to be more open to her energy and I will pay attention to those little signs. Thank you, Karen. You have helped me so much.
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Layla. She is likely the one who guided you to me and for that I am grateful. Please pay attention. The signs can be subtle. Not every animal will send them but when they do make a big deal out of it and ask for more. Sending love and healing
This is beautiful. I am going to let go of the nonsense I have been holding onto in my mind.
Thank you so much, I’m so glad you are here and that I can help. Sending love and healing
My heart was shattered when I lost my sweet boy, Leroy. He was stray cat that found me. He brought a smile to my face every day. Then he got really sick and we called him a miracle boy that made it through so many surgeries. He never showed us he was hurting he just loved life. I am going to love my life just like him. This made me realize I was not doing that. Thank you for all you do.
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Leroy. It sounds like he was meant to be with you. I’ve had some wonderful strays and they are just like you said, they never complain and are so grateful and full of love. Thank you for sharing. Sending love and healing
When I broke my back my cat was there for me. She laid next to me for months and was my lifeline. When no one understood my pain, she purred next to me. Her absence has been totally devastating and I don’t think anyone understands except you. Your articles and books have helped me get through the dark days. I still miss her every day but I know she is right here by my side. Thank you, dear Karen. God Bless You!
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel and that you went through such a difficult time. She did a great job of helping you heal and know she is doing the same from the Other Side. I’m so glad she guided you to me so I can be a positive part of your journey. Sending love and healing
I was the biggest skeptic. I didn’t believe in any of this. I read your book in one day after Daphne died. She was my girlfriend’s cat but she loved me and I called her Daffy Duck. You said in the book that they will be very creative and leave you a sign. I thought, this will never happen to me. Then one day I was on the way to work and I stopped at a coffee shop. The girl’s name was Daphne. I laughed it off but when I got in my car I said, Daffy if that was you send me another sign. When I got to work there was a little yellow duck that was sitting on a retaining wall all by itself. I got goosebumps and thought this can’t be real. So on my way home I said, ‘girlie I miss you so much. show me you are here with me’ I heard a faint meow from my backseat! I could not believe it but I heard it. Now I tell people and they think I made it up. But I didn’t. If you pay attention it can happen to you too. Thank you for helping me connect with my girl Daphne again.
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Daphne. She has guided you to my books so you can open your heart and let healing inside. Those are amazing signs and you are so very fortunate. Be sure to thank her and ask for more signs. It is really real! Sometimes it takes having an experience yourself before you can truly believe. I’m so glad you had these experiences. The stories in my book are from actual clients and they have shared their stories to help others through a dark time. My next book will have even more stories so I’m excited to share that soon. Sending love and healing
My black cat, Otto, passed away in November of 2020. A few days later, I saw a black cat appear on the screen of my laptop computer and then I felt Otto’s claw in my right leg! My leg jumped! It was a miraculous experience! Recently, for Halloween, my next door neighbor set up a ghost decoration in
front of his door and he put another ghost on his door. Both of the ghosts were named Otto! It is a comfort to know that my Otto is with me!
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Otto. It is devastating to lose someone you love so much. I am constantly amazed at how creative spirits can be to let us know they are near. Those are wonderful signs, Irene and I’m so very happy for you! Otto is with you and wants you to know he is just fine. That is not a common name and to see it on a neighbor’s decoration…wow! Super cool! Sending love and healing…
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Karen, I am so very thankful for the forces that initially steered me to your books last year…I had been devastated by one loss after another, each hitting me harder than the last. I had known when my two horses, who were with me since 1990, were getting older and I would have to eventually face their end, but had always felt I’d be able to grieve appropriately when the time came. I was not prepared for the intense pain resulting from the traumatic end first Sailor, then a few years later, Harvey, experienced in the very same way. I believe Harvey was the love of my life. (Don’t tell my husband.) After his loss, I often heard the hoof sounds in my barn, and really thought I was losing my mind. I allowed my sister to convince me, and adopted a sweet rescue, but we weren’t emotionally connecting, and I continued to sink deeper in grief. Late in 2020, I also realized my beloved dog Dillon was also fading quickly; I thought, how can I survive another devastating loss?
….I have mentioned Dillon to you before, Karen, but not the horses. Having been able to know that my beloved companions have continued existence and the potential to touch my life routinely has meant the WORLD to me! It’s been nearly one year since Dillon was released from his failing body, (11/28/20) and I continue to miss him severely, crying often then lifting myself with positive memories, but also I am watchful for every indication that he visits… the very early swallowtail butterfly this spring *that I specifically ASKED for…. That was phenomenal… I think he is with me most often when I’m driving, because I ask for licks to the side of my face from the back seat…I kept the seat cover in my truck, and had “smells” pretty often over the first months.
…All of that, for this….
I’ve been caring for a kitten I raised from a few days of age, one of a litter of 4. This little guy was adopted along with his brother, by my work friend. Early on for her, he developed more and more respiratory distress, eventually, I was asked to take him to MY vet, where he was diagnosed with a congenital cartilage disorder, progressively making every single inspiration collapse his upper airway more and more. He struggled so much this past week. We exhausted all his options, and he left me know he was done. In knowing that Dillon and the others I have loved so deeply could be waiting to help this young kitten cross over, I specifically asked for that. I received this email just a few minutes before he got his relief. I felt a lightening in the room when I felt that Dillon and Kobe’s spirit guide/angels were present, just prior to the injection. Even though there is always that tiny bit of doubt as humans, of what we cannot see, I “felt” that presence.
I can’t say enough what your written accounts of the communication, afterlife events and discussions have meant for me and the spiritual beings under my care. Thank You so very, very much.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your angels. Losing one is so hard I cannot imagine losing so many. The pain must be overwhelming. I have no doubt that your sweet babies guided you to my books. They know that you will find answers and insight so you can begin healing. The swallowtail butterfly was amazing! Wow! And the lightning in the room, I had similar experiences and it is truly remarkable. As a rescuer, it is exceptionally painful when they go. We feel a sense of responsibility or that we should have done more. Thank you for sharing and for shining your light into the lives of these precious souls. If you haven’t already done so please be sure to opt-in on the HOME page so I can continue to provide you with loving support. It is an honor to walk this path with you. Sending love and healing …
Thank you for this precious reminder…I’ve lost my best pal and lifelong companion recently and I am sure she guided me to you. Everything I have read on your site and in your books makes perfect sense. I have received several signs that my Princess is near. Just last week I found a tuft of fur on my sofa. I don’t have any other pets so there is no explanation for it being there. Princess passed in September from kidney disease, yet there was her fur right where she used to sleep. I was so amazed. If it hadn’t have been for you I would have just swept it away as coincidence. Your gifts have helped me heal and for that I am forever grateful.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your angel, Princess. It is devastating to lose someone you love so much. There is no coincidence in finding her fur. That is a sign that she is with you and that everything is just fine. I’m so happy to hear she is leaving such obvious signs. Be sure to thank her and invite her to send more signs. Thank you for sharing your story and I’m so glad you have opted in as a VIP member too. Sending love and healing…
My golden doodle Billy died from osteosarcoma cancer in his leg…just last week at the age of 14.5 and I am so devastated. He was my life, my everything. I’m reading your Amazing Afterlife book now and it is bringing me so much relief. I worried he would be lost or that he wouldn’t know how to find me. Now I know he is with me and I talk to him every day. I’m still waiting for a sign but I can sense him near me. My emotions are all over the place but it helps so much to know we will always be connected.
I am so sorry for the loss of your angel, Billy. I lost a beloved Rottweiler to osteosarcoma at a young age. It is so hard to say goodbye no matter how old they are. I’m so glad you found my books and that I have been a positive part of your journey. I’m sure Billy had something to do with that. Please be sure to opt in as a VIP member on my HOME page so I can provide ongoing support for your healing. You deserve to live a full and happy life and I’ll do my best to guide you. Sending love and healing
I lost Griffin, my souldog one week past his 8th birthday. His body could no longer continue fighting the systemic lupus and megaesophagus that he had been living with for 4+ years, and he crossed over on January 20, 2021. He was the love of my life, and I will never be the same person I was before losing him.
However, my boy has continued to look out for me and tell me he’s around these past 10mo and 3 days. I’ve seen him out the corner of my eye, heard him, and felt his presence. On occasion he will turn on a light or the tv, but on March 20th in his typical not so subtle way he sent his biggest message.
I had not been taking his loss well, and on that day I got a call from the rescue I had previously fostered for. They asked if I would consider taking in two orphaned Redbone puppies that would need to be bottle fed. Griffin was also a Redbone coonhound.
Well, after much deliberation and balling my eyes out, I came to a decision. I wasn’t ready to bring another dog into my home, but I felt I had to do this. I had to let him know that I recognized the message and the gift he was sending me. Thus, on March 22nd I brought home two Redbone puppies that were 8 days old, making their birthday 2mo and 1 day after Griffin’s. Griffin knew I needed those two little lives to help bring me back to life. I will still never be the person I once was, but the puppies, Oak and Ash continue to serve their purpose… To remind me to live in the present and enjoy what the world has to offer.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your angel, Griffin. We lose a part of our soul when they leave us. I have no doubt that Griffin had something to do with those two puppies coming into your life. I’m sure he wants you to feel love and joy in your heart once more. He benefits from that love as a spiritual being as it is fuel for his soul. Bless you, for helping those two puppies and may they keep you on your toes and in the moment with love and joy. Sending healing your way…
I feel utterly devastated. My beautiful cat Minx died because of my own stupidity. I added antifreeze to my truck and some of it leaked on the ground. My vet said that Casper died from toxic poisoning from the antifreeze. Karen, I don’t know how to get past the pain. I am so broken.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your angel, Minx. It is so hard not to blame ourselves when things don’t go well. My heart breaks for you. There are few words to ease your pain but I hope you will take one small step forward in your healing journey and get a copy of my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals. You will discover how blame and guilt are only part of our consciousness, not theirs. Healing is an inside job and only you can take that first small step. I’ll be here for you. I also invite you to opt-in as a VIP member on the HOME page so I can provide you with the loving support you deserve. Sending love and healing…
I lost Josie, my beloved Calico cat, nearly three years ago. I read The Amazing Afterlife of Pets shortly after her death. It was instrumental in helping me heal. Since reading your book, I look for signs of Josie everywhere. I’ve found feathers and coins and think of her whenever I see butterflies and ladybugs. She used to sleep on my lap every night. I often feel a warm tingling sensation on my legs and feel the weight of her body, and I know she’s with me now and forever.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your angel, Josie. I’m honored to hear that my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animnals, has helped you move forward on your journey. That is so courageous and I’m sure your kitty is so happy for you. I love that you are open to receiving all those signs from her. You will always be connected as those bonds of love never die. I hope you will opt in on my Home page as a VIP member so I can continue to provide you with the loving support you deserve. Sending love and healing
Recently I was lying in bed at night and reading a book. Suddenly I heard a fly (I supposed it was one) buzzling behind my alarm-clock on the bedside table. First I felt disturbed my the “noise” until I recognized that there was no fly at all! After a while the sound stopped. Definitely it did not come from the clock which had no problems and worked regularly. But my beloved cats (especially my Lili) used to sleep in my bed near my feet, so I am convinced she wanted to attract attention and tell me she is there.
That is really special! Our loved ones get very creative when they want to get our attention. Thank you for sharing and I hope you receive more visits from your kitties! Sending love and healing