Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Animal communicator says she talks to pets through telepathic connection

My dog Tucker's favorite color is red. He doesn't mind our new puppy, Nora, but thinks she gets too much attention and he's sick of her sitting in his favorite spot on the couch.

How do I know this? He told me.

Well, kind of.

I don't know what my dog is thinking, but Sharon Roberts, an animal communicator who lives in Wimauma, claims she does.

In the spirit of Halloween, I attempted to set aside my skepticism for an afternoon session with the pet psychic recently.

Roberts, who also runs a pet boarding facility next to her home, says she communicates telepathically with animals. She's been able to do it since childhood but reconnected with the skill as an adult after attending an animal communication workshop. Her first client was the owner of a deceased dog named Hoot.

Roberts doesn't require an animal to be near her — or even alive — to communicate with them. But I wanted to meet her in person. I took Tucker, my 5-year-old Scottish Terrier, along with me.

We met outside her home, where we almost immediately came across a small snake. Tucker discovered it slithering through the grass, and Roberts quickly proclaimed it as a sign. After some searching through her animal communication books, she figured out what it meant.

"The snake was letting us know we will have a clear, clairvoyant reading today," she said.

I tried not to roll my eyes.

As Tucker wandered the yard, I asked Roberts what was on his mind.

She closed her eyes, appearing lost in thought for a moment. Then she said: "There's been a change, something he's very agitated about."

In December, my husband and I adopted Nora, a now 1-year-old catahoula mix. Tucker has never seemed thrilled about the new addition to the family, and I shared that with Roberts.

"His space is invaded, and the puppy steals his attention," she said.

It's a conclusion anyone could come to, I thought to myself.

Then Roberts said something unexpected.

"He says (Nora) has lots of hair," Roberts said.

That's a fact for any dog. But Nora is exceptionally hairy, shedding all over the house.

"Her hair gets in his mouth," she added.

This made me laugh. Tucker has a habit of licking the floor, which unless I've just vacuumed, is often dusted with a layer of Nora's white fur.

Lucky guess? I'm not sure but even if Tucker did really tell Roberts that, it's definitely not the earth-shattering revelation I was waiting for.

Soon, we moved on to my cat. Roberts doesn't usually read cats in person. They often become too agitated by travel, she said. Instead, I offered her a visual description of Fiona's black and white tuxedo-patterned fur, helping Roberts make a connection.

What she learned surprised me.

Apparently my cat, Princess Fiona, or Fi Fi for short, doesn't like her name, Roberts said.

She'd prefer to go by Kassie. It could be a name from a past life, Roberts said.

Princess Fiona — or should I say Kassie — has never seemed to like me much. She always has a look in her eyes that makes me think she's planning my demise. Maybe it's because I call her Fi Fi.

Not so, Roberts said. The indoor cat would just really like to be let outside.

Before our session ended, I snuck in a question about Nora — my fun, loving puppy who doesn't seem to worry about much. What was on her mind, I asked.

It turns out that aloof look on her face says it all, because Nora didn't have much to say. She did request a soft mat for her kennel, though, to replace the old blanket she nestles into for naps.

In the end, Roberts didn't share anything that made me say "wow." And I wondered the entire time if I was unknowingly giving her clues as to how to answer. At one point, I even looked down at my shirt and wondered if I had missed a patch of white dog hairs while lint rolling that morning.

When Roberts told me Tucker's favorite color, I was sure I'd tripped her up. "Ah-ha! Dogs are colorblind," I thought. Afterward, I called a canine ophthalmologist to back me up. No help there. It turns out that dogs can see most colors, even red, just not as distinctly as we see them.

Despite the conflicting facts, I keep telling myself that while my session with Roberts was fun, I just can't take it seriously. But my actions seem to tell a different story.

When I went home that night, I brought Nora a padded mat for her kennel, called my cat Kassie and made sure Tucker got his favorite spot on the couch.

My husband laughed.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at or (813) 661-2442.

.fast facts

On the Web

For more information on Sharon Roberts, visit

A 30-minute session costs $30.

Animal communicator says she talks to pets through telepathic connection 10/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared


    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  4. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  5. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.