I’m reading a wonderful book, for the 4th time, called, Animals as Teachers and Healers, by Susan Chernak McElroy. There’s a link to her website on this blog.
Ms. McElroy shares her story, as a cancer survivor, along with other true testaments from many other souls who have been touched, for a moment or for a lifetime, by the loving energies of animals.
I was fortunate to meet her in 2004 and spend a few days with her. She is remarkably insightful, thoughtful and compassionate. I’ve posted a quote from the introduction in her book, one which I’ve read at least 100 times, and each time, I’m just as inspired, as if it were the first.
I’ve noticed in recent months, my angel dog, Brandy, who is now 14, is showing clear signs: she’s getting on in her years. Something we don’t like to see, but it’s a part of life we all deal with, at some time or other.
The Outermost House, by Henry Beston
We need another, and a wiser, and perhaps a more mythical concept of animals….We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animals shall not be measured by man.
In a world older and more complete than ours, they moved unfinished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
Is there an animal in your life, you have learned from, or who has helped you unconditionally in some way?