Tonawanda News — It’s basically summer. What that really means is that I have to wait several months to find out why there was a three-year time jump in Leslie Knope’s life in “Parks and Rec” and how Mitch and Cam are doing in “Modern Family.” I am also eagerly waiting to find out how Nick Burkhardt is going to deal with another Grimm in his town.
As we all take a little time away from the tube this summer, check out a few of my summer read picks. In the weeks to come, I may supplement my list. If you have any classic pet/animal go-to-books or a recent release that you would like to share, please visit our Facebook page.
Reading a few books, interacting with real people and setting aside extra bonding time with your pets sounds like a recipe for a great summer.
Here are two suggestions for this summer:
“The Soul Of All Living Creatures” by veternarian Vint Virga examines a question known to many pet owners: How can we enrich our lives by perceiving the world as our animals do? Animals, as many pet owners already know, nurture our animal/person relationships, reorder our values, improve our communication and deepen our sense of being. This book shows us what animals can teach us about being human.
The book travels with readers first to the village of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in the southern region of France, where there are 30,000-year-old cave drawings of hundreds of animals. These paintings are not warnings to other humanoids that are traveling through the cave about the dangers that wait outside, but rather celebrate their attributes. The cave drawings highlight each of the species’ vitality. Around the world, the book says, different cultures, histories and traditions all mingle the lives of animals and humans. Humans are connected to animals, including the small one-third of Americans who do not have pets.