Animal lovers are a diverse bunch. We come in many different shapes and styles, but one thing unites almost everyone of us: we want and need to be around animals.
The deep spiritual bond between humans and animals has been felt for thousands of years. In ancient times, animals were held in high esteem and worshiped by the mystics. Today, animals are just as powerful in the lives of humans. My own life and work has been marked and blessed with animals I call "spirit animals". Spirit animals mark the passages of our lives. They are magical helpers that guide us on own hero journeys. They come when they are needed, and they go when their work is finished.
Living with animals is also a spiritual experience. In all the world, there is nothing more natural than for people and animals to live, work, and love together. Yet, the relationships are sometimes difficult, painful, and uncertain, as all relationships are. They are mirrors of humans reflecting the good and bad within us.