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The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

Vint Virga.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780307718860
Pages/Publication Date 225/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61658
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(Winner of a 2014 Nautilus Silver Award, Animals/Nature Category) Based on Vint Virga's 25 years of experience as a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, this remarkable book delves into the inner lives of animals—from dogs, cats, and mice to wolves, leopards, and whales—and explores the relationships we forge with them. By striving to perceive the world as animals do, he insists, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality.

"Early in his career as a veterinarian, Virga witnessed how his quiet presence and contact with a dog that seemed to be failing after being hit by a car likely saved the dog's life. The incident led him to ponder over 30 years as a specialist in behavioral medicine the connections between humans and animals. Beyond diagnostic tests and medical treatments, Virga recounts cases of animals ... adapting to illness, change, and impending death in ways that inform and are informed by relationships with humans. He notes cave drawings illustrating the connections, not just as predator and prey, between humans and animals as evidence of our fascination with animals. Indeed, our early connection with wolves led to the evolution of a domestic companion. In separate chapters, using case histories and research, he focuses on sensitivity, expressivity, forgiveness, integrity, adaptability, mindfulness, and other basic traits animals and humans share and how we can better understand animal behavior."—Booklist

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