The following links are for vendors, information and services that I have found extremely helpful. Please check them out if they interest you:
CRYSTAL VISIONS GEM AND ROCK SHOP
Suzy Lambert, the owner, and her shop are amazing. She has fantastic energy and is incredibly knowledgeable about the metaphysical and healing properties of all the stones she sells. In addition, she energetically cleans and clears them regularly, so all are at their optimum essence and energy:
ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDES / TOTEMS
All aspects of nature offer us support and information. The idea behind animal spirit guides, also called animal totems, is that certain animals can provide you with information to help you work through a challenge and navigate your spiritual path. Actually, every plant, insect, ecosystem and natural phenomenon can offer guidance. This doesn't mean that every single creature crossing your path has a message, but if you notice a pattern of observance or interaction, it might be worthwhile to look into it.
These sites more fully explains the concept of animal totems, as well as some of the messages they may offer. While the information is insightful, please remember that your own inner guidance will offer you the most valid perspective on how any creature is trying to assist you:
http://www.manataka.org/page291.html#TALK TO THE ANIMALS