Maribeth Decker came by her love of animals and her intuition honestly.
She grew up with cats and regularly took care of her neighbor’s dog, Bootsie, a standard poodle. She considered the cats family and Bootsie a good friend. As a kid, she spent time outdoors looking for critters in a nearby stream when she wasn’t reading.
On the intuitive front, both her dad, Irving, and her dad’s mother, Eleanor, told stories of encounters with my grandfather after he passed.
Eleanor even declared that when she was about 6, she and her little sister saw the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus outside their bedroom. They screamed for their mother and Mary disappeared, so we’ll never know what the end of that story might have been.
Maribeth took Eleanor to Lily Dale, a spiritualist community in Western New York, for spiritual readings.
Maribeth had a spiritual experience at 13 years old when she asked God if God existed. She received an incredible response from a loving, intelligent presence. It happened in the woods; that’s where the name, Sacred Grove originates.
As a young adult, her interactions with animals were less positive. It was not the animals’ fault. Working on her bachelor’s degree in pre-med, she was forced to do live experiments on mice and turtles. As an empath, she felt the pain and terror of the animals, but pushed the feelings down to complete the course.
After graduating, she became a Navy officer and was stationed in Puerto Rico. By that time, Maribeth was drinking pretty heavily. The chaplain noticed and gave her a book on sobriety and a street puppy, Pee Wee. Unluckily, no light bulb went off about her behavior – she was actually puzzled about why he gave them to her.
“De Nile is not just a river in Egypt,” as they say.
Her dog parenting skills were at best, a C- and left a lot of guilt and remorse in later years. There was no cruelty, but a lot of neglect. Lucky for Pee Wee, her parents took her in when Maribeth was stationed in Japan.
God has a sense of humor and sent her to a training center where, she taught sailors about responsible drinking. The light bulb turned on and she has been sober ever since.
Her first husband, Winston, was pining for a dog, since he had a dog as a child in Japan. While stationed in Hawaii, they brought home two homeless poi dogs, Missy and Timmie.
Although they chewed up her papasan chair and chow table, they were wonderful additions to the family. They were loving companions and great fun, enjoying jogs with Maribeth.
Timmie and Missy worked hard to adjust to when the children, Patrick and Andrea, came; they definitely enjoyed the kids after they got used to them!
Winston passed away from a heart attack when the children were 8 & 10.
At that time, her dogs were part support, part therapy and always good companions. They were an unwavering source of joy and love.
Their presence was fundamental as Maribeth learned how to create a new life for her kids and herself.
Maribeth’s dogs started communicating with her when she became a Reiki Master, but she wasn’t really paying attention to the gift she was given.
Eddy came into the family when Missy passed on. And Mitsubishi came into the family when Timmie passed on.
Eddy transitioned a day before Maribeth had to leave for a business trip. Maribeth was devastated.
As she sat in the aisle seat of the airplane, she felt Eddy’s presence in the aisle and even petted her.
Eddy stayed with Maribeth in the hotel the first night to make sure Maribeth was coherent enough to support the meeting.
Then Timmie, who had passed before Eddy, visited Maribeth in the dining room. She saw him out of the corner of her eye while she was at the stove. He was a full body apparition, grinning to communicate that he was OK, he was happy and he loved her!
She yelled, “Timmie!”, turned to look at him and he was gone. She thought, “That was cool,” and went back to making dinner.
Mitsubishi had seen Maribeth use Reiki healing on Eddy before Eddy died. It did not keep her on the planet, but it eased her transition.
Later, Maribeth started doing energy healing on Mitsubishi while they were sitting on the couch.
Mitsubishi looked into Maribeth’s eyes and Maribeth thought, “If Mitsubishi could talk, he would have just said, ‘Don’t try that shit on me; it killed Eddy!’” Then he jumped off the couch. Maribeth still wasn’t getting it! She hadn’t heard of animal communicators at that time.
During that time, Maribeth also successfully communicated with the Shingles virus! She was doing remote energy healing for her mother-in-law, Pat, in South Carolina. Pat had a painful rash from the Shingles virus.
Maribeth first attempt was an all-out assault using energy healing techniques. The result, Pat told her, was the “most uncomfortable night of my life.”
The second time around, Maribeth invited the virus to join her and Pat’s antibodies to a make-believe ice cream social. She asked the virus to go dormant, explaining that the host (Pat) will live a lot longer if the virus does not cause pain. The virus went dormant for the rest of Pat’s life.
She finally understood that this was something special when Tibor came into her life. He was a rescue dog, probably a year-and-a-half. He had a broken tooth, scars and some aggression issues based on fear, yet he was a really nice guy.
Every time she sat down next to Tibor, she saw a picture of a man standing up wearing this huge protective suit with a German Shepherd running at him and biting his arm. Like the pictures where they’re teaching dogs to be, attack or guard dogs.
She thought, “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’ve got to find out.” A friend told her about animal communicators. She found someone to teach animal communication so she could do it on purpose.
Dogs brought Maribeth to her “soul purpose.” And now Maribeth works with animals to help them become better family members through intuitive communication and energy healing.
She helps behavioral issues improve, helps people tell their animals when the family routine is going to change and she helps people and their animals move gracefully through end-of-life transitions.
Maribeth and her first husband, Winston had 2 great kids, Patrick and Andrea. Although Winston passed away in 1998, Maribeth has always felt his protection around her and the kids, which is a great comfort.
She remarried Charlie Decker. They live with Stella and Tibor, their dogs; and Mac and Brick, who were Andrea’s cats in college.
Her son Patrick lives about two miles from them in Alexandria, Virginia.
And her daughter Andrea lives in Malawi. (Maribeth had to do some intuitive communication with Andy’s cats Mac & Bunnie about why they weren’t with Andy anymore; it’s all good.)
Then Charlie went to get cat food and came home with Shadow. She begged him to take her home and he listened.