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Angel animals : exploring our spiritual connection with animals
Anderson, Allen, 1954-
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New York : Plume, [1999]

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xxiv, 278 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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BL439 .A53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Animals have the amazing ability to fulfill the most basic human needs: love, affection, companionship, even survival. Their positive influence can have a profound effect on our everyday lives. Since founding the Angel Animals organization in 1996, Allen and Linda Anderson have heard from thousands of people worldwide, who have shared personal stories of how animals have enriched their lives. Angel Animals is a collection of these testaments--an inspiring tapestry of tales spotlighting the spiritual truths that animals teach. From dogs, cats, and horses, to bears, dolphins, and deer, the animals featured in Angel Animals have not only led people to rediscover the meaning of courage, loyalty, and forgiveness . . . but they have also proven that miracles are possible.

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Library Journal Review

Many people are quick to tell stories of the often incredible bond between them and their pets, regardless of type. This book celebrates the depth of that bond. Personal accounts are arranged in three main sections: what animals teach us about relationships, about handling life's challenges, and about death, dying, and the afterlife. Each chapter contains upward of a dozen narratives illustrating concepts such as unconditional love, family harmony, grieving, trusting, and living healthfully. The Andersons, who cofounded an organization called Angel Animals, conduct workshops for pet owners to deepen the bond between them and their pets. Fans of the "Chicken Soup..." series will appreciate this bookÄit's a warm-fuzzy for those who have experienced a close human-animal bond and is recommended only for public libraries where that readership exists.ÄEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Marty Becker, D.V.M.Allen Anderson and Linda AndersonKathia Haug ThalmannJuan Antonio SantestebanKaren Jensen, N.D.Anne CederbergM. E. Martucci, Ph.D.Ray McBrideBill HodgsonRoy Rowan and Brooke JanisPatricia Hobbs HendryKristen StrobelPia RonnquistArielle FordRonald L. HarmonHarold KlempDebbie BurkittRachel FarrisLinda AndersonBeverly FosterPhilip Gonzalez and Leonore FleischerWayne HudsonPeter LucchesePatricia FishKristy WalkerDeborah WoluskyKellie Sisson SniderSally A. VoelskeMichael AbbottCarol FrysingerJanice M. WaddletonSue CassidyTeri OlcottGlenna MooreLynn DuffeyAllen AndersonHarry E. Oakes Jr.Bo WiseKurt D. WelchLinda LansdellJudy Fay McLaughlinJohn MarikosGretchen YoungdahlLinda AndersonLinda AndersonJulie Johnson OlsonCheryl L. YochimSally RosenthalRona HardingJane L. TolenoM. E. Martucci, Ph.D.Annie HolbrookRobin McBrideSharon KuninJane Durst-PulkysNancy Lucas HamptonDebbie JohnsonCamille A. LufkinDavid Leigh LitwinAnn ArcherAnthony TaylorKristy WalkerLinda AndersonLinda AndersonJoAnn M. QuintosVictoria BullisWayne HudsonIlona GoinDonald D. ReynoldsDonna M. LengyelAllen AndersonJan WarrenLinda AndersonJackie GilsonKaren DonaldsonBianca RothschildDoreen Virtue, Ph.D.Maryse GauthierJoyce StoffersAllen Anderson and Linda AndersonMaxine WilsonBob MarshallEleanor Jane BriestDamaris MillerBradley HillLisa ChewningMary Grady-ThorneWhen Elephants Weep and Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthyMary Kate McKennaChristina Louise DickerDiane RobinsonLeah MobleyGeri HoughKahlil GibranStephen CollierDale Judith ExtonTalana McNeelySusan J. AllynAynne McAvoyPam FineMelissa GentileGwen AjarDebi ReimannAllen AndersonJan SnyderBob HayesMyron CheshaekBeverly Hale WatsonLinda Anderson
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Part 1 What Angel Animals Teach Us About Relationships
Chapter 1 Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with All Life
Healing with a Dragonflyp. 7
Angel Animals Taught Me Ancient Secretsp. 8
Kitty Connected Me to the Healing Power of Lovep. 10
A Bird's Message About the Importance of Mustard Seedsp. 13
Sharing Grief with Joeyp. 15
A Baby Seal Helped Me See Our Divine Connectionp. 18
Bigfoot Used Her Big Foot to Help Mep. 20
Abraham Lincoln's Story from First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friendsp. 21
Blissp. 22
Chapter 2 Learning How to Love Unconditionally
Flopsy Bun Bun Teaches About Lovep. 24
How My Dog, Mixa, Crowned Me Queen of the Worldp. 26
A Dolphin's Lovep. 28
A Parrot Taught Me Her Songp. 30
Nubby and Sunshinep. 33
The Dog Who Showed Me What Love Isp. 36
The Horse of My Dreams Is in My Dreamsp. 39
What Prana, Animals, and Apples Knew About Service to Lifep. 44
Lizard Lovep. 46
Ginny's Story fromp. 47
Four-Paws Reminds Us to Love Each Otherp. 48
Chapter 3 Creating Family Harmony
Pal, a Member of the Familyp. 50
Bird Childrenp. 50
Misha, the Good Daddy Catp. 51
How a Cat Helped Me Cope with First-Time Parenthoodp. 52
Two Birds Taught Remorse and Forgivenessp. 54
The Family of Miracle Workersp. 57
The Raccoons Adopted Mep. 60
A Family with Fluffy Lovep. 62
How Joe, the Cat, Got a Couch of His Ownp. 65
Pepper, a Family Dogp. 68
Ninja Makes Sure I Eat Breakfastp. 68
Chapter 4 Being Inspired to Pursue a Greater Good
Puss Puss Teaches How to Be an Angelp. 70
Bishop Answers a Call for Helpp. 71
Allen's Inspirationp. 71
My Work with the Search and Rescue Man: Ranger Oakesp. 72
Henry, the Spider, Wove a Web of Creativity for Mep. 77
The Deer Helped Me Win a College Scholarshipp. 81
"Throwaway" Kids and "Throwaway" Animals Found Each Otherp. 84
A Bird Helped Me Discover the Purpose of My Lifep. 90
A Dog and Cat Became Our Business Partnersp. 95
Migan Shows Me How to Be a Leaderp. 96
Part 2 What Angel Animals Teach Us About Handling Life's Challenges
Chapter 5 Sailing on the Winds of Change
A Puppy Chooses a New Homep. 102
The Woman Who Wanted a Barking Dogp. 103
A Sparrow Led Me to Volunteerp. 104
My Dog Taught Me How to Age Gracefullyp. 106
An Angel Without Wings Restored My Spiritual Sightp. 110
A Cat That Love Transformedp. 113
Baxter Retiresp. 116
Tanja's Secret Doorway to Freedomp. 119
Adversity Draws My Cat Family Togetherp. 122
Tomo Takes Charge of Change in His Lifep. 122
Chapter 6 Living Healthy
Could It Be?p. 126
Simba Takes Away the Painp. 126
Kringles's Healing Licksp. 127
A Kitty-Prescribed Solutionp. 128
A Rabbit's Cure for Migraine Headachesp. 130
Pookie Taught Us How to Be Better Caretakersp. 135
The Dolphins Saved My Lifep. 136
A Needy Cat Offered Me a Reason to Livep. 140
Feeling Bad? Consult a Catp. 145
The Puppy and the Paralyzed Manp. 147
Chapter 7 Letting Go and Trusting
Communicating Doggie Adoption Tipsp. 151
Kuro Crossed the River of Hopep. 152
The Cat Who Knew How to Let Go of Painp. 154
A Koala and I Trusted Each Otherp. 159
A Conversation with the Brokenhearted Horsep. 161
The Grateful Waspp. 167
Dillinger Teaches Me to Trust Againp. 169
Chapter 8 Recognizing Life's Mystical Moments
Taylor's Blessingp. 172
Guardian Angel Beesp. 174
The Elephant Learned to Flyp. 177
Molly's Miraculous Returnp. 179
How a Stubborn Horse Saved Sam's Lifep. 181
The Quality of Mercyp. 183
The Sea Lion Who Taught Me the Power of Praying Togetherp. 185
Pucette Found a Way to Say, "Merci!"p. 189
Eugene Finds a Homep. 191
Part 3 What Angel Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and the Afterlife
Chapter 9 Saying Good-bye in Our Own Way
Saying Good-bye to Feistyp. 198
Deer at the Windowp. 199
A Guinea Pig Gave Me Precious Time with My Dying Fatherp. 200
A Cat Let Me Know How Much I Meant to Himp. 202
Dreaming My Farewell to Springerp. 205
Willy Wouldn't Leave Until I Said Good-byep. 208
Split Hearts in the Snowp. 210
Roma and the Dancing Black Bear Reassured Mep. 212
Chapter 10 Going Through Grieving
Sadie the Elephant's Story fromp. 216
A Brokenhearted Mouse Taught Me About Grievingp. 217
The Quail Offered Hospicep. 219
A Rabbit Showed That We Each Grieve in Our Own Wayp. 221
Joe the Parrot Remembered Our Friendp. 225
A Wise Dog Restored My Belief in Godp. 227
Excerpt from "In the City of the Dead"p. 228
Chapter 11 Messages from Heaven
Tux Bounces a Message to Usp. 232
The Memory of Dennis's Scentp. 233
JD's Message from Heavenp. 233
Skippy Sits on My Lap One More Timep. 233
A Cat Let Me Know That Love Livesp. 234
Our Beloved Dog Appeared to Reassure Mep. 236
The Heavenly Meowp. 238
Rusty's Colt Let Us Know His Mother Could Finally Join Himp. 241
My Cat Called Me Back to Lifep. 243
An Angel Animal's Dreamp. 246
Kitty and Melvin's Message of Hopep. 249
Chapter 12 Recognizing Angel Animals Who Return
Thank God, Namo Returned to Us!p. 253
It's Not Once a Cat, Always a Catp. 255
Angels Returning in Disguisep. 258
The Mugsie/Feisty Duo Doubled My Pleasure and Funp. 263
More About Allen and Linda Anderson and Angel Animalsp. 269
More About the Authorsp. 271