Blessing of the Animals by Diana L Guerrero is an animal lover’s collection of anecdotes, prayers, and ceremonies for pets and an exploration of animal blessing traditions and contemporary creature celebrations.
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Blessing of the Animals ISBN 1402729677
Blessing of the Animals: A Guide to Prayers & Ceremonies Celebrating Pets & Other Creatures (ISBN 1402729677) is a mix of historical fact, fun, quirky descriptions, heartfelt sentiments, and novel ceremonies. Embark on a quest to explore established traditions and heartfelt sentiments about pets. Journey further to discover contemporary celebrations such as meow mixers, pet mitzvahs, and wild weddings. In Blessing of the Animals by Diana L Guerrero you’ll enjoy an encounter of the wild kind while you learn about the pet party craze, beastly beauty pageants, and the real party animals who show up at yappy hours and seasonal galas.
Blessing of the Animals takes you on an animal adventure beyond a collection of poems and prayers with:
•a glimpse at some of the most popular animal blessings
•an overview of contemporary critter celebrations sweeping the nation
•guidelines for pet naming, adoption showers, compassionate critter care, loss and bereavement
•a peek into what pet ceremonies really make the fur fly
•the Ten Commandments of Successful Animal Ceremonies
•and tips and hints for a peaceable kingdom
Available for preorder now and in stores April 1, 2007.
Susan Chernak McElroy
"Books on ritual and ceremony are far too rare as it is, but rarer still---and so of even greater value---is this unique collection of prayers, blessings, and ceremonies for animals, and for the humans who love and cherish them. I suggest reading this at one sitting, straight through, to completely saturate your mind with the notion of animal ceremony and ritual. Then, go back and savor each image and word. With this book, Diana offers encouragement to all of us who would honor our animal family members at the critical junctures of their lives with us. Comings, leavetakings, births, illnesses, times of special joy---all these are moments to mark with ritual, and Diana gives us all the tools we need to create our own blessings for the animals. What a gift!"
Susan Chernak McElroy, best-selling author of Animals as Teachers & Healers: True Stories & Reflections and Why Buffalo Dance: Animal & Wilderness Meditations Through the Seasons.
"Blessing of the Animals is a most welcomed resource for celebrating the deep reciprocal relationships that humans form with a wide variety of nonhuman animals. Stories, prayers, poems, and ceremonies filled with respect, compassion, and love honor the place that animal beings play in human lives."
Mark Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals & editor of The Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of our Connections with Animals.
"Poignant, powerful, yet surprisingly playful, Blessing of the Animals is a heartwarming blend of timeless tradition, sparkling wit, and contemporary celebrations of all animals wild and tame. Highly recommended."
Katherine Blanc, author of Bad Puppy's Guide to Life and Bad Kitty's Guide to Life.
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