The Soul of All Living Creatures
May 29, 2015 07:32PM
● By Dr. Vint Virga
As a pet owner I can relate to those who refer to their pets as family. How communication is easier than most experts understand, or believe, for that matter. My own friends have shared how they’ve never seen a dog like mine. Based on her behavior and our relationship, they feel that all she has left to do is speak with me.
“Surrounding every one of us are animals ready to serve as teachers by opening doors to new perspectives and ways of being,” says Dr. Vint Virga. If we’re willing to listen, notice, and embrace what we hold in common with them, together we can change how we live from day to day, and discover a deeper sense of connection to others and the world around us.”
In his book The Soul Of All Living Creatures, What Animals Can Teach You About Being Human, Virga draws on his 30 years of experience to convey the importance of allowing ourselves to see the world from their perspective. Sharing true stories from his practice, he challenges the reader – whether per owner or not – to further explore the relationships being forged with our own four legged companions. By striving to see the world through their eyes – changing our perspective, as it may – we can improve our own relationship with ourselves and others. What is it about animals that make over 143 million of us flock to zoos and wildlife parks each year, Virga asks.
I believe that the answer to that question lies in the sense of belonging we feel in the company of other creatures,” Virga explains. “In the presence of animals, we find true acceptance. Alone with them, our self-consciousness dissolves.”
In The Soul Of All Living Creatures readers will gain an insightfulness into not only their souls but that of their animals. It’s the kind of book that will make you cry, laugh, and more importantly connect. Whether you are an animal lover/owner or not this book will touch your soul, changing you forever.
Veterinarian Vint Virga D.V.M., is a leader in veterinary behavioral. He’s a consultant for many of our national zoos and wildlife parks. He’s worked with private corporations, and professional organizations on the care and well-being of animals. He’s appeared on ABC’s World News, National Geographic’s Explorer, PBS’s Nature and on Wild TV.
Review by L. Palmer, editor of Natural Awakenings Magazine, Miami and the Florida Keys Edition.