William Jackson Harper hired a pet psychic for his dog and it kind of worked


I know William Jackson Harper, 41, from The Good Place. He’s starring in the Amazon series The Underground Railroad and there are calls for him to be Superman! He would make a great Superman actually. William was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he talked about how he’s been doing in lockdown. He lives with his girlfriend and their neurotic dog, Chico. Chico had so many problems that William hired a pet psychic to work with him. Jimmy tried to get William to say how much it cost and all he would say is “too much damn money.” I googled this and many pet psychics start at $100 for a half an hour. The way he explained it, it sort-of worked. At least the psychic somehow got Chico to go into a doggie trance.

On hiring a pet psychic
Last year was a crazy tough year. It was tough for my dog. He was hiding from us for a while. It got so bad that we contacted a dog psychic to sort of hash out what was going on with him. He wouldn’t me pet him and he was acting like he was afraid of me. She had a long waiting list. Obviously a lot of people were going through stuff with their pets. The morning that I got the call that I got nominated [for an Emmy] I was actually on a call with the dog psychic. [She] said ‘I’m gonna get on the phone with Chico and he’ll probably come over and his eyes will flutter he’ll go into a trance.’ I was like ‘this is not going to happen over the phone with a dog.’

He got on the phone. I swear to you Chico came out of his hutch, laid down on his bed conked out, eyes started fluttering and then she was just like sort of going through what was bothering him and whatever.

He said he was athletic, then he corrected himself and said ‘athletic enough.’ My girlfriend and I knew that this is our dog.

On calls for him to be Superman
It definitely blindsided me. That would be dope. That would be the best thing that could happen to me is being able to play Superman. I don’t want to do the diet and the exercise.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

This was missing a follow up question from Jimmy on how the dog is doing now! Does Chico let William hold him? Does he seem to have less anxiety? Also, what did the pet psychic say that got Chico to go to sleep like that? Is there a tone you can play or things you can say to get dogs to relax? I have so many questions. I googled “are pet psychologists different from pet psychics” and of course they are. There are legitimate degrees and certifications in pet behavior studies. If I was rich and my pet was having problems I might hire a psychic though. Especially if I lived in California and a bunch of my friends vouched for her. I’m easily influenced like that.

Here’s that interview!

This is only tangentially related to this story in that it involves a dog waking up, but I thought it was adorable and wanted to post it!

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  1. Normades says:

    I guess since I only know him from the good place I can’t picture him as Superman (Clark Kent, but not Superman). He was so good as Chidi I can only imagine him as a neurotic nerd.

    • molly says:

      He was a fantastic Chidi, but he had zero chemistry with Elenore, and I can’t image him having the sex appeal Superman needs either.

  2. rmcgrudiva says:

    I like that he was able to do that; I’ve got a friend whose dog is terrified of EVERYTHING.

    That dog Tiktok is the BEST!

  3. Amy T says:

    I’m not rich and I’ve called on an animal communicator who I am going to call as soon as I post this. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and now, this post, which I am interpreting as a Message from the Universe. Dawn, who I’ve spoken to about a couple of my animals when I was having issues with them, has always made things better.

    Chico is lucky to have landed with Harper.

    Postscript: Booked!
    20 minutes for $45 Next Friday at 11 Eastern…..

    • Rebs says:

      Omg Amy I use Dawn too! Am sure she’s the same person. In MA? She’s awesome + has helped me so much with my 2 cats😻

      • megs283 says:

        I’m in MA too and I found Dawn’s website…. what is a session like?

      • Amy T says:

        @Rebs – Same Dawn!!!! I first called her when the stray puppy I found on the street and turned in to Animal Control and only then adopted (to make sure she was abandoned and not lost) ended up at the vet with what turned out to be bacterial pneumonia. I wanted her to know that we loved her and if she wanted to pull through, that there was a loving home waiting for her. (She did, and we had her for 15 years.) Dawn helped again when Tuki got older. Now, we have a very different kind of dog and I’m hoping Dawn can help us explain to her that if she’d only approach the cat in a calm way, he’d be her friend for life. But if she keeps barking in his face and trying to mount him, he’s going to keep avoiding her like a bad habit.

        @megs283 – Dawn will ask you some questions about what your concerns are, then go quiet while she communicates with your animal companion. Then she tells you what’s going on with them. She doesn’t anthropomorphize, she interprets what the animal is saying and gives you the gist of it. eg: When Tuki (our beloved girl who died at 15) scratched the bejesus out of the front door (original to our 1886 house) when she was 12 or 13, Dawn told me after conversing with Tuki that she had just suddenly become terrified and didn’t know why she’d done it and that she was “embarrassed” about it. I wanted her to know that it was okay and we loved her and was there anything we could do to make it better. She reported back that Tuki thought she was okay and it wouldn’t happen again. And it didn’t. We had a different cat then, too, who was kind of incorrigible and I wanted him to stop eating butter off the counter. She wasted very little time and pretty much told me it was a lost cause.

      • megs283 says:

        Thank you, Amy T!

  4. betsyh says:

    I have not seen this actor in anything before, so I don’t know if he played a postal service worker before. But the final picture cracks me up. It looks like it belongs in a sexy postman’s calendar.

    • Amelie says:

      That outfit is from The Good Place! I can’t remember the storyline but I think they ended up in The Good Place’s mailroom or something.

    • pixiestyx says:

      I believe that this is one of the pictures in the calendar Chidi made for Eleanor! She had a thing for sexy mailmen.

    • Rebs says:

      Dawn will call you. She’s very easy to chat with + will ask some basic questions. Then she communicates with them + reports back. She’s quiet + contemplative. Very gently. I just adored the whole experience + my cats basically snoozed through the whole thing. Highly recommend!

  5. Amelie says:

    He’s 41!! Haha he has such a baby face. His girlfriend looks like she’s robbing the cradle 😂 but I’m guessing she’s probably around the same age. And his dog is so cute. Look if I were rich and could afford it (and actually had a dog) I’d go to a pet psychic too.

  6. SusanRagain says:

    In my area, groomers are $125 + tip.
    Heck yeah, I’d go $100 to help our senior doggie, she is family.

    That guy spelling and then his dog..😀
    Our dog wakes up if she hears the coffeemaker because coffee = dog treat too.
    When he was naming what his dog likes, I actually said out loud “carrots” lol

    Dogs Rule!

  7. pixiestyx says:

    Thank you so much for including the sexy mailman picture! It always makes laugh.

  8. Merricat says:

    William Jackson Harper is surprisingly ripped, which feels weird to say, since I know him from his days as Danny on The Electric Company.

  9. Jaded says:

    I’m a Reiki therapist and it works on animals too – especially horses, they seem particularly attuned to universal energy. A colleague of mine does a lot of pet reiki and has made horses her specialty.

    • Nic says:

      I have a friend who comes and does reiki on my dogs, my two older ones seem to really enjoy it.

  10. KNy says:

    I love him! He was so wonderful as Chidi on The Good Place. If anyone has not seen the show, drop everything and watch it. Don’t google it. Just watch it.

    Also, I kind of want to try a pet psychic for my dog. She’s a rescue, and is nuts. She has bitten her trainer, sees a vet behaviorist ($500 for the first two hour session, $150 for every subsequent hour…didn’t really help much), and has been on Prozac, gabapentin, and CBD oil to help calm her. She is still a nutcase (who I love).

  11. JanetDR says:

    I used a pet psychic when I was trying to decide if I wanted to get a pet door. I can’t recall her name at the moment but I found her on a list in the back of a dog book – the subject was the dog’s last months – possibly the Daisy Sutra?. She was great and assured me that Pickle would teach what Pickle referred to as the lesser cats how to use the door and thought it would be amusing. Which was good because I didn’t want to cut a hole in my house for nothing! There was other useful information too, like the last little stray, Smokey (definitely a “lesser”) whined the whole time about how she didn’t like her dish so close to the other cats and wouldn’t engage on anything else. So I moved it.
    At the end of Smokey’s life, she lay almost comatose for several days. Pickle had passed on and I asked her to come back and help Smokey on her journey. I felt her on my neck that evening (her favorite place to hang out) and heard her special purr and then I felt her jump off. Smokey leapt up from her spot and ran around the corner too and left her little body behind before she got to the stairs. But I heard the pet door.

    • Vernie says:

      JanetDR, that is such a lovely story and I’m crying buckets as I type this. I hope it brings you much comfort to know that Pickle and Smokey are frolicking together on the other side of the rainbow bridge.