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Psychic will showcase abilities at Pet Expo
By ELISA D. KELLER
Shira Plotzker can tell you a lot about your pet,
from its favorite food, color and television show to how it
likes to be scratched or groomed. And more often than not,
owners say she's right on the money.
"I keep on waiting for somebody to say that I'm full of it,"
said Plotzker, a pet communicator and psychic known by just her
first name through her Nyack, N.Y., business, Shira's Place.
"It's too bizarre not to be true."
Shira will bring her entertaining gift to Sussex County this
weekend, appearing Saturday at the Northern New Jersey Pet Expo
at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Local pet owners
are welcome to visit her on site between 2-3 p.m.
"The animal will tell me whatever they want to say. Some of them
have more to say than others," said Shira, noting that dogs are
usually more chatty than cats, and she also has passed on
messages from more exotic animals, including snakes, lizards and
horses, such as one New York City carriage horse that had
stopped eating, leaving its owner concerned.
"I told him, 'Your horse says he has a toothache on the lower
left side and he'd like to see a dentist, please,' " she
laughed. "They have very different characters and
Shira, who has served as a tarot reader and psychic for more
than 20 years and a pet communicator since 2004, appears at
large animal events like this weekend's expo a few times a year,
and does group readings for around 60 pet owners at her local
library twice a month.
However, despite first discovering her gift while watching pet
psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick on her Animal Planet show -- "The dog
that started to talk to her, started to talk to me," Shira
explained -- she doesn't have any aspirations for that level of
fame or notoriety. She donates her services free of charge to
owners with sick or lost pets and collects donations for rescue
shelters during her large-scale appearances.
"If I could be sitting here, doing this all day, that would be
lovely for me," Shira said about her sometimes lengthy chats
Ironically, the pet communicator keeps her distance during most
conversations due to allergies, an issue she sees as helpful
since it prevents her from getting too personally involved with
"I think it really sets appropriate limits," she said.
"Otherwise, I'd go up and hug (them). And if I had a pet now, I
would never leave the house."
Shira said she can communicate with pets in person, as well as
with both living and dead animals through photographs, objects
or names. She particularly enjoys giving closure to owners of
deceased pets or providing quirky details about a pet's thought
process, but also has been able to help animals with behavioral
problems, such as a dog who repeatedly tried to escape its yard,
and a cat who refused to use its litter box.
"I just think it's a lovely way of meeting people that I would
not normally meet," Shira said about events like Saturday's Pet
Expo. "You get to a place where a person walks away and it makes
such a difference in their life with their pets. That's an