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Animals as Teachers & Healers: True Stories and Reflections

Posted by nliakos on August 26, 2013

by Susan Chernak McElroy (Ballantine Books, 1996 – 1997)

This book is about the special bonds between people and other animals.  There are stories of how animals seemed to sense the distress or pain of their familiar people and how their physical presence or touch seemed to heal the physical or emotional pain.  Contributors recount the life lessons they learned from animals (like how to face a terrible illness, bid farewell to a loved one, or prepare to die).  One chapter is about totem or dream animals, and the final chapter concerns wolves and the special place they have in our human world–doglike yet not, despised and feared beyond all reason, cruelly exterminated in the United States (“the slaughter of the wolf was unique in its excess and cruelty”) until very recently,  when we have begun to bring wolves back to some of  their ancient habitats.

I don’t believe that a person’s life is more valuable than that of any other creature, and in this book I read the stories of many others who share my belief that all life is worth preserving. Well… maybe not mosquitoes or houseflies!

Several of the stories made me cry. This is a good thing.

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