Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections

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Susan Chernak McElroy credits her astounding triumph over cancer to the love of the animals in her life. In Animals as Teachers & Healers she shares her remarkable story along with true stories from others who have been touched by the loving energies of animals.

A woman escapes an abusive relationship by observing how her boyfriend treated her two Arabian horses . . . a German shepherd cocoons its body around a toddler during a house fire . . . a coyote gives a couple wisdom about their rebellious daughter . . . a little three-legged frog imparts a valuable lesson to a frightened nine-year-old girl. Unique and compelling, Animals as Teachers & Healers invites us to reconnect with the boundless gifts of joy, wisdom, and deep healing that flow from our ageless and intimate relationship with the animal kingdom.

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Animals as Teachers and Healers was the first book of this kind (true stories about people's healing experiences with animals) to attract events without an author! Volunteers from Adopt a Greyhound, for example, devoted their time (and their Greyhounds'--notoriously shy creatures) to discussions hosted in bookstores. The book's very personal stories prompted people to share their own stories of connection with animals. Some wrote essays. And others went right out and adopted their own greyhound after hearing about the program! What was immediately apparent at all the events I went to was how much animals relaxed barriers between people, and gave them a comfortable way to express emotion. Also, everyone seemed drawn to a different story in Animals as Teachers and Healers, and for a variety of reasons. But my own favorite story is about "Annie, the horse," which describes a young woman who is unable to stand up to her abusive boyfriend but lavishes love and affection on her horse. One day, the boyfriend comes out to the barn where she's grooming Annie and a confrontation escalates to the point where Annie's agitated. The boyfriend begins to get physical and Annie head-butts the boyfriend out of the barn! Shortly afterwards, the woman finds the strength to leave this guy, w/ Annie, of course. It's amazing how animals both humanize people and lend strength, joy, and dominion. Sad that I don't have room for so much as a goldfish, but I've got the book on my shelf!

--Christina Smith, Marketing Manager

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Susan Chernak McElroy has been an animal lover all of her life. She has worked as a veterinarian's assistant, Humane Society educator, dog trainer, wildlife rehabilitator, and zookeeper. Her writing has appeared in national magazines and is featured in several published and upcoming anthologies, including Chicken Soup for Soul Survivors, Wounded Healers, and Intimate Relationships: Embracing the Natural World. She makes her home in Oregon at Bright Star Farm.
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