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Soul Friends

Soul Friends

by Kate Nicoll


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Soul Friends

This book follows the psychological process leading to the adoption of an animal companion and alerts adopters to potential unconscious needs, patterns of behavior and elements of rescuing that hugely impacts dog adoptions in today's world. This insightful exploration encourages readers to complete self-examination prior to adoption that is more meaningful than current applications and potentially avoids fallout from unsuccessful adoptions. Psychological elements that impact the meeting of the "perfect dog" are often misunderstood and seemingly disregarded by potential adopters. Nicoll explores her personal history, her first experience with pet loss and rescue fantasies as potent narratives that may lead to irresponsible relationships with our animal companions.

Current trends toward positive reinforcement in dog training explore psychological theories of cognitive and behavioral approaches in everyday interactions with animals. Nicoll encourages readers to delve deep into the psychological underpinnings of the human-animal bond to enhance the relationship and find meaning in our life with dogs. The work of companionship is highlighted as a potential opportunity for deep self-reflection and healing while playing, learning and living life with our animal friends. Guidelines for seeking healing with our soul friends will potentially decrease unsuccessful adoptions and promote a sense of reverence for the healing lick.

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ISBN-13: 9780976660361
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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Soul Friends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A helpful book in increasing our understanding ot the emotional relationship with dogs
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kate Nicoll blends rich personal experiences, a sound expertise in counseling, and an catching passion for dogs into a tender book that should be valuable to anyone interesting in helping themselves or others heal. The honesty and bravery of her introspections serve as moving guides as Nicoll brings information from diverse fields of science and counseling together into a deeply personal and moving book about the healing power of the dogs right around us. With both unflinching honesty and loving compassion, Nicoll shows the healing dogs can bring to even the most horrible situations--as companions and guides. This book should be almost as fine a companion as the dogs Nicoll portrays.