Have you read "God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us About the Divine" (New World Library, 2003), by Allen and Linda Anderson? It will inspire and comfort many readers of your column.
J.G., Silver Spring, Md Feb 15, 2004
Animal lovers will enjoy this book, which is filled with short essays by pet owners. It reminds me how animals are indeed superior to us humans in many ways.I would be proud to be able to love as unconditionally as a dog, or to contribute (as wild animals do) to the good of nature and the quality of the environment. Animals, wild and tame, have served people since the origin of our species (and we're the most recent mammal to evolve) in a myriad of ways, from the utilitarian to the spiritual. If any of us were to serve the greater good like our animal kin, we would be called saints. So we should never call our animal brethren "beasts" or treat them as lesser beings.
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