Our pets. They are our loyal companions and our faithful friends, a constant source of joy and inspiration. In this endearing anthology of prayers and poems, June Cotner has handpicked choice writings by some of the worlds most notable animal lovers to celebrate the playful, the poignant, and the profound ways these wonderful creatures touch our daily lives.
Selections include Emily Dickinsons astute observations of her cat, Roger Caras thoughts about the love a dog brings to a home, and a cats rules for running a house. Readers will be delighted by Anne Porters poem exalting a spring symphony of peepers and Rumi in praise of birds in flight. The section "Partings" includes Annie Doughertys lovely poem "Time to Say Good-bye" and Lord Byrons epitaph to his dog. "Reflections" includes the words of St. Francis, Jane Goodall, and Chief Seattle, reminding us that we are all interconnected beings, and James Herriot and Walt Whitman honoring the humble dignity of all creatures.
Animal Blessings makes a wonderful gift for all animal lovers. This delightful volume is a charming companion that reminds us to be grateful for everything our pets and all the other animals of the world bring to our lives.
June Cotner is the author of the celebrated Graces, Bedside Prayers, Get Well Wishes, Animal Blessings and Family Celebrations. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington, just outside of Seattle.
...an adorable collection of special thoughts on our animal friends. Here one can find consoling, memorial prayers and inspiring tributes.
- USA Today
"June Cotner has written a book which people who care for animals will find inspiring, enlightening, and encouraging. For once a book is aptly titled and delivers a diversity of blessings . . . this book lives up to its name!"
- Paul G. Irwin, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
- Ingrid Newkirk, Founder and President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"Animal Blessings showcases the joys and rewards of sharing our lives fully with animals. This book is an incredible tapestry of stirring prayers and poems. This book caused me to look at my pets, my patients and all of nature with a newfound understanding and appreciation!"
- Marty Becker, DVM, Veterinary Contributor for ABC TVs Good Morning America and Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul and Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lovers Soul
"Bless yourself with love, joy, and inspiration by reading Animal Blessings!"
- Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series