Elena Mannes, author of the new book Soul Dog, tells the remarkable story of how her extraordinary soul dog, Brio, transformed her life.
Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication—even after death.
Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind—and spirit—of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio, exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes's growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact animal communicators, collecting amazingly accurate reports of Brio's life, behavior and surroundings.
Spanning the entire life and afterlife of Brio, Soul Dog also explores Mannes' investigations into the spiritual life of animals, offering a new understanding of the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. Mannes invites readers to move beyond the owner-pet relationship and shows us how to see animals as thinking, feeling spiritual beings whose connections with us extend far beyond life an death.
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