Love, Loyalty, Heroism, and Other Life Lessons from Our Pets
Within the kind heart of the family pet lies an ability to help us stay in touch with our inner selves, our true instincts, and our healing power. A companion animal's love for life and for its human companions can inspire us to live each day to the fullest, treat others with kindness, and nurture those around us.
In What Animals Teach Us, author Mary Hessler-Key uncovers how the animals we share our homes with can teach us valuable lessons about living and loving. Inside are touching stories and beautiful examples of how the day-to-day companionship of an animal can teach you how to enrich your life, enhance your physical and emotional well-being, and soothe your soul in moments of grief. From animals who help us through life's everyday trials and tribulations to those who commit miraculous and heroic acts, you'll read about:
·A dog who helps a couple fill the "empty nest" syndrome when their children leave for college
·A cat who serves as an agressive alarm clock so his owner makes an important meeting
·A hamster who brightens his seven-year-old owner's world when he survives accidentally being flushed down the toilet
·Two ferrets who help an autistic child cope with everyday life
·And many others
When we open our hearts and accept what our companion animals have to teach us, we gain not only the secrets to a more fulfilling life but also a greater sense of peace and compassion. As we learn to love others unconditionally, be emotionally available during times of need, act heroically in everyday situations, and discover the joy in simple play, we raise our own consciousness to the world around us. It's simple: Our companion animals give us the best gift of all.
"An outstanding and unforgettable celebration of the special friendship of animals."
—Marty Becker, D.V.M., coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
"Reading What Animals Teach Us is the next-best thing to sharing your life with an animal companion. Numerous stories of loyalty, trust, respect, compassion, and love fill its pages, and they will fill your heart. Read it, be mindful, and be sure to play more and more."
—Marc Bekoff, professor of biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, author of Strolling with Our Kin and coauthor of Nature's Life Lessons
"This wonderful book chronicles how hard and well our pets are working to teach us lifesaving lessons about love."
—Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
"What Animals Teach Us combines wonderfully told stories of animals' spiritual qualities with inspiring and practical applications to humans' daily lives."
—Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Angel Animals
About Mary Hessler Key
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Published October 1, 2001
by Prima Lifestyles.
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