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Denise
Meet Denise
Without knowing it at the time, Denise Zak arrived at her chosen profession at an early age when a difficult childhood led her to believe that the only friends she could trust and rely upon were her pets. Since that time she has actively cultivated her natural intuitive ability.

 

Since 1990, Denise has been a professional Animal Intuitive who helps people communicate with their pets. She works with performance animals and pets of all kinds (including, but not limited to cats, dogs, horses, birds, reptiles, and  hamsters), addressing such topics as behavior issues, training obstacles, health inquiries, and emotional connections. Today, this West Dundee, Illinois, resident consults with pet owners, trainers, and veterinarians throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and New Zealand.

Highly skilled in the art of communication, Denise spent 10 years in the cosmetic industry working as a sales executive and corporate trainer for Calvin Klein, Diane VonFurstenburg, and the GMI International Fragrance Group. She left the conventional business world in 1991 when her employer ceased operations, and spent much of her free time at a local stable with her two horses, Steele Equus, and My Monet (a  rescued carriage horse). 

Her new career began when another rider's horse was experiencing lameness.  After numerous tests and exams by vets and farriers (horse shoers) failed to produce a definitive diagnosis, the exhausted and frustrated owner chose a new and somewhat unorthodox approach to the problem; aware of Denise's unique ability, the owner asked her to look at her horse. Denise "intuited" that the pain was coming from a stone lodged between the horse's hoof and his shoe; the shoe was removed, exposing the stone and bruise, which could then be taken care of.

Word of Denise's accurate interpretation spread, and before long she was spending most of her time answering questions from pet and performance animal owners, concerning everything from attitude to diet.

Denise enjoys teaching people how to develop their own intuitive sense in relating to their animals. Her favorite part of her career, she says, is "...seeing the incredibly beautiful images when I look into the hearts of people and their pets." She is also often humbled by the profound thoughts sent her way. "My goal is to celebrate the bonds between humans and their pets. I want society to respect these relationships and allow people to hold their pets in the same high regard as they do other important family members."

Denise is often called upon to lend emotional support to those who are having trouble adjusting to the illness or death of a beloved pet. "I can feel a sense of relief and peace of mind in my clients' voices when I relate their pets' thoughts during this painful time," she says.

Denise has completed her first book which is a Childrens story. She is currently working on her second book that will include a collection of stories about readings she has done that have made an emotional impact on her and her clients. Her personal life includes her two horses; Steele Equus and Little Moon (one of the survivors from the heartbreaking crash known worldwide as the Wadsworth, IL trailering crash) two cats, Miss Penelope Pimento and Zorro.