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Dec 31 2013

WXYZ Does Infomercial for ‘Pet Psychics’

WXYZ, an ABC affiliate in the Detroit area, did a story the day after Christmas that was nothing more than an informercial for a couple of con artists presenting themselves as “pet psychics.” The “reporter” who did the story brought her dog in for a reading and this was the result.

7 Action News reporter Tara Edwards and her dog Taz met Lorrie at The Pet Beastro in Madison Heights for a reading.

She also caught up with Psychic Eve who told 7 Action News, dogs communicate telepathically.

“People who have seizures a lot of times have a dog that warns him of seizure that’s coming,” said Psychic Eve. “People have had dogs that have sniffed out cancer. People with heart conditions have dogs.”

Really? You don’t say. People with heart conditions have dogs? Shocking. Just shocking. Next you’ll be telling me that people who play baseball have dogs too.

Taz suffers from epilepsy.

“He wants more attention because he worries that if he’s sick you’re going to think he’s too much work,” said Psychic Eve. “I think it runs through his mind because he can get a little bit obsessive at times.”

Lorrie The Pet Psychic was full of surprises. She predicted Taz would soon get a girlfriend.

“He says there’s enough of me for everybody,” said Lorrie.

“Psychic Eve” even said that Taz likes his hair a bit longer because it makes him feel more “macho” and “desirable.” And all of this was presented without the tiniest hint of skepticism. It’s time for Tara Edwards to turn in her credentials as a “journalist” and for the leadership of WXYZ’s “news” division to hang their heads in shame.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    Pet psychics are real. We had one come around and tell us what our cats were thinking. The psychic said that our cats don’t care about us, they’re just using us, and they’re only sticking around until someone better comes along. Also, should we die in our sleep, they’ll feast on our corpses. And, unlike our loyal family dog, they won’t even wait until they’re hungry first.

  2. 2
    Jordan Genso

    And here I thought they’d be providing a psychic reading for the pet, as in telling Taz that his dead mother wants him to find the bone she buried under the oak tree.

    He wants more attention because he worries that if he’s sick you’re going to think he’s too much work… I think it runs through his mind because he can get a little bit obsessive at times.

    Should we blame Taz for his lack of logical thinking (how would requiring more attention make it less likely that she’ll think he’s not too much work?), or should we chalk it up to something being lost in translation?

    Or is that how you know the “psychic” is real? Since a person wouldn’t be so foolish as to make such idiotic claims, they had to come from the dog.

  3. 3
    blf

    dogs communicate telepathically

    Of course they do! All that tail-wagging, barking, sad eyes, pawing, and so on are false clews to mislead the pesky watching humans. The real messages are benig beamed directly into your head: “MOAR FOOD!”, “I need a burglarchew-toy”, “Invest 10,000$ in this great Nigerian opportunity I found on teh Internets”, and “Help! Help! Let me out, I’m not a dog, I’m a reptilian from outer space!”

  4. 4
    John Pieret

    Some more or less respectable studies have been done as to whether dogs’ can smell the very minute amounts of aromatic compounds put out by tumors, particularly ovarian and lung cancer where those compounds are not completely within the body. Some anecdotal reports by people who are subject to seizures and have seizure response dogs (trained to summon help when a seizure occurs) claim that some dogs begin to predict them based on subtle clues of smell or behavior. Some care facilities do provide access to dogs or other pets to heart (and other) patients on well founded evidence that pets lower tension, obviously a good thing for heart patients.

    None involve “telepathy.” If a person with cancer or about to have a seizure doesn’t know it, how could they convey that to the dog telepathically? Rather, any such result depends on dog’s heightened senses compared to humans and that dogs may pay more attention to the behavior of its “master” (alpha dog) than humans do to other humans. As to lowering tension by having a pet to … well … pet, what’s telepathic about that?

    That they’d try to use these sorts of things to support their profession scam way of making money, just goes to show how deluded they and/or their “clients” are.

  5. 5
    dingojack

    Remember boys & girls – pet psychics are not just for Christmas, they’re forever….
    (Sorry, couldn’t resist]
    Dingo

  6. 6
    magistramarla

    I knew a professor at my husband’s school in California whose dog was trained to alert her when her blood sugar fluctuated – too high or too low.
    My dog is trained to help me to get around, especially to provide support on curbs or stairs. I took a bad fall this morning, and he came running to provide support to help me get up off the floor. He’s been hovering ever since.
    I think that dogs have heightened senses and use their senses differently than we do. There’s nothing psychic about it. The professor’s dog is using her heightened sense of smell and she is rewarded for alerting to a particular smell.
    My dog is probably alerting to the scents that my body gives off when I feel pain, which I have in abundance after that fall. He’s been rewarded for coming to help me when I’m in great pain, so he’s hovering, hoping to do something that will get him that extra treat or praise.
    He seems to be a creature of habit, so stiffening into his “hold” position on curbs or stairs is a habit for him now. When we lived in California, we had places that we went often and routes that we always took. Conner always anticipated those routes and immediately went into “hold” when we reached stairs. If we deviated from our usual route, he always tried to pull me back “on course”.
    Does it say something about me that every time we walked through the basement hall of Herrmann Hall, he tried to pull me into The Trident Room (the bar and hangout for the school)?
    It’s so easy to anthropomorphize our companion animals, especially for those of us who have highly trained service animals.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    I’m an pet psychic. I can always tell when my dog wants to go for walkies.*

     
    * And do you know what birds want? Nothing! Birds are dumb.

  8. 8
    magistramarla

    Ah, Modus.
    You have never lived with a pet bird. My husband used to keep parakeets. He had one who knew how to get out of his cage. He could lift the latch on the door with his beak. Hubby put a small lock on it, so the bird knocked against his food dish until it fell out of its slot, then escaped through the hole.
    He loved to ride the return handle of our old typewriter (We were poor college students back in the days before personal computers). He once got his beak injured when he got too curious about the keys that were slapping up and down.
    They are certainly not dumb!

  9. 9
    Modusoperandi

    magistramarla, I had a parrot. I made the mistake of lining its cage with pages from the Watchmen comic. After that, all it would say was “You think I’m locked in here with you? You’re locked in here with me!”. I eventually had to put it down, breaded, in two inches of peanut oil in a preheated oven. Sad but delicious.

  10. 10
    Area Man

    “People with heart conditions have dogs.”

    Well I’m convinced. Dogs cause heart conditions.

  11. 11
    Abby Normal

    Let’s say we have 3 boxes: one containing bacon, one with fish, and one with cat urine. Assuming the box sufficiently hid the odor from people but not from cats, I take it the pet psychic could tell us which box had yummy crunchy stuff, which had yummy soft stuff, and which belonged to another cat, right?

  12. 12
    Mobius

    I would love to have a psychic for a pet.

  13. 13
    John Hinkle

    I’ve had pitbulls for years. They are telepathic, I tell ya! Why just this morning, Hazel stood outside the pantry door wagging her tail and growling at me from across the room. Somehow, very mysteriously, I knew she wanted a rawhide treat which can only be found in the pantry. The fact that she’s received rawhides from the pantry for the past 2 years… um… uhh… Nevermind! She’s telepathic, you damn skeptics!

  14. 14
    brettsaunders

    I’ve been accused of being a pet psychic twice. Once for guessing a rabbit’s breed based on a description of its behavior, and once for figuring out that a cat was avoiding the living room because it was afraid of the engine noise from an air purifier.
    I think people like to believe this stuff because I think a significant portion of pet owners have no clue what their animals are thinking despite behavioral clues being easy to see and any given’s pet species’ psychology being relatively easy to learn. So, like with mediums, they want someone who can open a magic portal to understanding pets.

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