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The author details his experiences in his vet office, home visits and consulting at zoos and aquariums as he learns some of the things animals can teach us. One of the lessons involves mindfulness. Human thought seems to have a drive to wonder, on long curvy paths far away from the here and now. The author suggests stop worrying about past mistakes, or future bills and deadlines at work and focus on the moment that we are in right now. And he learned that from a dog.
A great quote from Igor Sikorsky is included in the chapter about responsiveness and it reads,
“According to recognized aero technical tests, the bumblebee cannot fly because of the shape and weight of his body in relation to the total wing area. But the bumblebee does know this, so he goes ahead and flies away.” Other lessons that are examined in this book are expressivity, adaptability, integrity and forgiveness.
I’m halfway done with “The Soul of All Living Creatures” and it has been a great read so far.
The end of the school year and the beginning of summer, for me at least, has traditionally been a great time for adding new pets to the family. Summer break allows you more time to spend with your new acquisition. Growing up, we adopted my first ducks, dog and cockatiel all at the beginning of different summers.
“How to Raise Your New Puppy in a Cat Family” by Jackie Sonnenberg is a great reference for those who are looking to do just that: Add a canine to a household that has felines. The book is almost 300 pages and is written with medium-size, family-friendly font. If I had this book growing up, I would have worn out its spine.
The book starts off with 10 myths about cats and dogs and then goes, appropriately, into what you should do before bring home the puppy and how to read body language for both cats and dogs. It also has whole chapters dedicated to the first introduction of the new roommates, how to troubleshoot behavioral changes and issues and how to train a puppy for basic house-training behaviors that some previous cat-only caregivers might not have considered.