Soulmate Dog

Soulmate Dog

by Michelle B Slater PhD
Soulmate Dog

Soulmate Dog

by Michelle B Slater PhD


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SOULMATE DOG takes readers gently through the messiness of grief on a raw healing journey.

SOULMATE DOG is a memoir of a unique twenty-first century love story. It is much more than that, though; as the title implies, animal communication and a philosophical examination of the special relationship between humans and dogs is part of this story too. Because Brady became seriously ill at the age of five (and, according to his vets, should not have survived), this is also a story of the expanding field of modern integrative veterinary medicine.

Animal communicators argue that anyone can be coached to listen, understand, and respond to animals. Having undergone training with Debbie McGillivray in the art of animal communication, Michelle became semi-fluent in the language of dog. As a result of her extraordinary conversations, Brady transformed the way that Michelle sees animal beings. This perspective has shaped her understanding of the human-animal relationship.

This book writes a new language of grief in a coda that shows how we, as humans, are illiterate not just about grief, but about love and daily communication. Our love (and then our grief) for our animals resides in a place we don't have human vocabulary for; the language of dog-as taught to Michelle by Brady-makes a new literacy possible for us. It encompasses how we love and how we grieve, as well as how we live day-to-day with our animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781963452013
Publisher: Wandering Cloud Press
Publication date: 06/10/2024
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Michelle Slater is a scholar of comparative literature and president of the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities, an educational nonprofit where artists and scholars come to teach and collaborate in Stamford, Connecticut. Her first book, Starving to Heal in Siberia delves into how she was cured of the debilitating effects of advanced Lyme disease. Her latest book, Soulmate Dog, is about the unbreakable bond between her and her dog Brady. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Johns Hopkins and spends her time between Connecticut and Switzerland. Michelle is the author of the forthcoming novel The Lunatic.
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