ABOUT THE BOOK: ANIMAL COMPANIONS: IN OUR HEARTS, OUR LIVES AND OUR WORLD
Dr. Diane Pomerance has completed her trilogy of animal appreciation books with ANIMAL COMPANIONS: IN OUR HEARTS, OUR LIVES AND OUR WORLD. Dr. Pomerance's previous two books WHEN YOUR PET DIES and ANIMAL COMPANIONS: YOUR FRIENDS, TEACHERS & GUIDES have helped children and adults adjust to and recover from the loss of a beloved companion animal and remind us how valuable animals are to our existence.
ANIMAL COMPANIONS: IN OUR HEARTS, OUR LIVES AND OUR WORLD continues and elaborates upon Dr. Pomerance's message that…we and our fellow creatures are both interconnected and interdependent. The future of our planet depends upon that understanding.
In this book, beautifully illustrated by Vanessa Mier, Dr. Pomerance reminds us that humans share with animals the experiences of love, loyalty and fidelity, noting that many species mate for life and grieve a loved one. She points out that animals provide human beings with an acceptance of who we are and that there is a place and purpose for every living creature.
In simple, vivid and easy to understand prose, Dr. Pomerance shows how their co-existence has not just served humans in practical matters, in such capacities as transportation, clothing and food, but also as a means for us to connect with nature and the natural world. The author takes our history with animals a step further, telling us that animals have acted as spiritual guides for many of us and taught us the meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness. She reminds us that animals live in harmony with their environment, offering humans a valuable example.
While Dr. Pomerance focuses on the universal animal world, she also explains that in today's highly technological, complex and impersonal world, animals remain a pivotal link to Nature. Many of us who live in urban environments and who have little contact with Nature now rely on our animal companions for the comfort and healing and beauty of the natural world. Our animals also teach us about joy and pain, friendship and loyalty, loss and mortality as well as forgiveness and unconditional love.
The latter pages of the book contain more educational material for both children and adults. It is a special section of poems and quotes which support the points Dr. Pomerance makes throughout the book.
ANIMAL COMPANIONS is a beautiful and uplifting book in and of itself; it is also a wonderful companion to WHEN YOUR PET DIES and ANIMAL COMPANIONS: YOUR FRIENDS, TEACHERS & GUIDES. These books remind us “as gently as the brush of a dove's" wing – how we are all connected to a universal cycle of the Spirit of Life.