The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

by Vint Virga
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The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human by Vint Virga

As profiled in the New York Times Magazine…

Based on the author’s twenty-five years of experience as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist, The Soul of All Living Creatures delves into the inner lives of animals – from whales, wolves, and leopards to mice, dogs, and cats – and explores the relationships we forge with them.
As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car.  Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.

With The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how, by striving to perceive the world as animals do, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality.  Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand.  Insightful and eloquent, The Soul of All Living Creatures offers an intimate journey into the lives of our fellow creatures and a thought-provoking promise of what we can learn from spending time with them.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307718884
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 373,785
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DR. VINT VIRGA is a distinguished practitioner and leader in veterinary behavioral medicine.  He consults nationally to zoos and wildlife parks, private corporations, and professional organizations on the care and well-being of animals and has appeared as featured guest on ABC World News, PBS's Nature, and National Geographic Explorer.

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The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story teller who truly loves animals. Dr. Virga is an exceptionally close observer of his patients and demonstrates again and again how each one possesses a unique personality, different from all others and how much we have in common with all the creatures of the earth. You will come away from this book not looking at animals the same way again and wishing that Dr. Virga was your vet and that your own doctors were more like him. I love this book. I also hope that the doctor is a vegan because all of his insights and observations are applicable to farm animals as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is definitely a book to read and reread. I have not yet come across a book that blends together so beautifully the impact that animals have on us with the spiritual messages we all need to remember.  It has a much deeper underlying message than just a book about animals. Or just a book about spirituality. The author reminds us that lessons are in front of us all the time. And we can especially learn them from animals. And the beauty of animals is they are everywhere. From the dog who relishes sticking his nose out the window. To learning forgiveness from a pair of cats. To remember to live, truly live and experience life. Animals are so present. I encourage you to read this book and allow the stories to help you remember what is important in life; remember to live; remember to be authentic. Animals are here to remind us of this everyday and the author does an amazing job through his stories, experiences and true connection to animals helping us see our connection.
rmb7500 More than 1 year ago
For those of us who believe animals are more than just soulless creatures who inhabit the earth, THIS IS A MUST READ ! The writer describes how he went from standard veterinarian medicine to behavioral therapy and why. His stories and how he treats his patients will confirm to those who believe animals are more, and quite possibly convince some others of the belief. As in human medicine the practice of veterinarian medicine can be as much of an art form based on scientific fact, except this doctors patients cannot tell him where it hurts. If you read this book it may well challenge your belief on this topic. I recommend it highly !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories of humans and animals interacting in ways other than predator/prey. A refreshing perspective on life.
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pirategrl More than 1 year ago
* I would have given this book 2 1/2 stars but it is not available* Beautifully wrote book that reminds us of the importance of animals in our lives. They are our companions, our comfort in times of sorrow, our friend in times of joy, our protector in times of trouble and our family above all us. Inspiring and passionate book that teaches us how to embrace life, grow in character and morality, and how to gain insight into what is truly valuable and precio It was fascinating to read the authors take of basic traits that we share with animals. Really intriguing and eye opening. I enjoyed reading about the impact Dr. Virga has on improvements made to the zoos for a better quality of living for all animals. I would love one day to walk into a zoo and not see concrete surrounding the animals, but more free roam, natural habitats. Small improvements are being made, but we have a long way to go still. The whole time I read this book I kept thinking about the documentary I watched on Sea World and how the mother wales cry for their children and will actually chase after the boats that take them. Heart breaking. I do not agree with everything that the author wrote though. Dogs and wolves do run in packs and there is always a alpha. There are a couple negative thing I can say about this book. One is that I would have appreciated more practical tips and application on how to deal with some of the issues that are brought up. Secondly, I feel the author took some personal opinions about animals and tried to turn them into facts based on non-scientific evidence. Although for me this was a bit of a boring book it was still wrote beautifully and despite the writing style his message is a beautiful one. You can feel the authors love for animals and how desperate he is to convey that love through these pages. Other than that I can recommend it to animal lovers everywhere that are into new age type philosophy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it so much.