The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human — Vint Verga, DVM

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There's no question that we are all traveling on the information superhighway at breakneck speed. Rarely do we stop and take time to watch, listen and open our minds and hearts to our animal companions and the world we share with them.

The Soul of Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human will help you do just that. In order to appreciate the world from the perspective of animals, we must first seek to perceive the world through their senses – their vision, hearing, sense of smell, sensitivity to touch – and recognize how these differ from ours.

Based on author Dr. Vint Verga'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.

All it took was one life-changing emergency room experience where 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.  

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. Each chapter focuses on a particular trait from connection, sensitivity and mindfulness to adaptability, forgiveness and presence.

Animals have the ability to teach us how to express ourselves fully, both verbally and nonverbally. The Soul of Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human is a must read for anyone that has had their heart and life touched by an animal.

  • Condition: Paperback new. Glued binding.
  • Edition: First Edition - Published July 9, 2013
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group / New York
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307718860
  • Pages: 240
  • Dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.01 (d)
  • Rating: ★★★★ 1/2


  • Vint Virga, DVM 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.