LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Whether they ate your homework or clawed your favorite chair, pets provide unconditional love and are part of your family. That's why, when dogs and cats misbehave or don't seem like themselves, it would be great to read their minds - and a Kentucky woman says she can.
Whether your pet is hungry, mad, happy or sad (or maybe they're just thinking about taking a leak on the new carpet), wouldn't you love to know what's really going on under all that hair?
The problem is that most of us humans have no idea what they might be thinking. That's not the case for Latifa Meena, also known as the pet psychic."
"Some of my cousins think I'm a little strange," she said with a laugh.
Maybe that's because they've overheard her having conversations with dogs, perhaps like when she asked a pooch recently if he was sure about a certain word to describe his feelings. "You want to use that word?" she asks, before letting us in on the secret: "He said: 'liberating.'"
Despite skeptics, believers say Latifa literally speaks for the animals - and in every language. "I got ahold of her dog and he started talking in Latin or Yugoslavian or something, and I was like, whoa, whoa, whoa!"
Shelby Simpson, who owns Three Dog Bakery in St. Matthews, says Latifa is always a hit. "Every time we do appointments, it's been booked solid."
Shelby told us pet owners have come from far and wide to get a glimpse inside their pets' heads. "People have anxiety over health issues, end of life issues with their pets, and they want to know what they're feeling."
Latifa says her "goal is to just better the relationship, to promote the relationship and make both the animal and the human's life better."
That may mean changing behaviors - like barking or biting. According to Latifa, Bella, a Chinese Crested, whose owner recently moved, is afraid of a big dog down the street. "OK, she wants to know why you moved," Latifa told Bella's owner.
Latifa has many regular clients like Dugan and Moffat, two pooches owned by Elizabeth Hench from Lexington. "Sometimes we agree with Latifa and sometimes we don't, but, for the most part, everybody kind of gets a little different message."
Moffat got a little aggressive with the plumber recently, but Latifa says Moffat had no intention of harming him. "She tells me that if she was going to bite him, she would have nailed him."
The plumber's scent was the problem. "She's just telling me he stunk," Latifa said. "She just keeps telling me he smelled."
Elizabeth Hench, a skeptic by nature, believes Latifa has a gift. "I am in medicine," Elizabeth said. "I am a scientist. There is absolutely nothing ... that I can tell you that is proof."
She says Latifa knows things about her dogs that nobody else could - and talking to a psychic just for pets helps them feel better. "You can look into their eyes and know that they want to tell you something," Elizabeth said. "There is a message they are trying to get to you. Latifa hears it a whole lot stronger than I do."
Skeptics aside, Latifa says that kind of feedback will always keep her going. "It's really not about me. It's about the animals. It's really those humans and animals that are supposed to find me - they find me."
Sessions for the pet psychic run between $20 to $40. She will be back at Three Dog Bakery, located at 3929 Chenoweth Square in St. Matthews the weekend of June 12th.