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Based on the author’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.

As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: 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. Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.

With The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how, 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. Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand.

Insightful and eloquent, The Soul of All Living Creatures offers an intimate journey into the lives of our fellow creatures and a thought-provoking promise of what we can learn from spending time with them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An inspiring, joyful, uplifting account of the magical bonds between humans and the earth’s creatures.

    Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Healing Words

  • “This book is a thoroughly engaging and thoughtful consideration of the ways in which humans can benefit from closer attention to the ways of animals.”

    Bark magazine

  • “Touching…compassionate…The Soul of All Living Creatures invites us into the inner lives of animals both domestic and wild…Coupling his personal observations with the research of others, Virga shows us that animals can indeed teach us vital things about being human.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “How is it that animals so touch our hearts? A specialist in veterinary behavioral medicine, Virga probes these and other questions…Each chapter focuses on a particular trait—connection, sensitivity, mindfulness to adaptability, forgiveness, presence, and others—and the author regales readers with stories of animals who exhibit such traits.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Animal lovers will appreciate this tribute to the connection between humans and animals.”

    Booklist

  • “A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine examines the spiritual bond between humans and their pets…Virga, who describes numerous instances from his practice, is convinced by his own experiences and modern research that ‘animals’ neurons are very much the same as ours, generating images, emotions, memories and thoughts’…They help us focus on the moment and experience the ‘heights of joy as well as heart-wrenching depths of sorrow,’ and they make us feel more connected to ‘the greater world in which we live.’ An insightful affirmation of our love of animals.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Vint Virga, veterinarian and animal behaviorist for 25 years, has a wealth of experiences to draw on in shaping his view of the world. As a narrator, his deep, soothing voice is calming while still holding listener interest. Virga uses case studies of animals he has worked with to show how human-animal relationships illuminate truths about the qualities of sensitivity, mindfulness, and adaptability. Quietly introspective, measured, and tender, Virga’s audiobook is sure to be appreciated by animal lovers and gentle souls.”

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  • “A beautiful, wise, and inspiring book that will greatly enrich your relationship with all the animals in your life, including the human ones.”

    John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet for a New America

  • Winner of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award
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About the Author

Vint Virga, DVM, has been a distinguished practitioner and leader in veterinary medicine for over twenty-five years and is recognized for his insights into our relationships with animals. As a specialist in veterinary behavioral medicine and a consultant to zoos and wildlife parks, he has used his expertise throughout the animal kingdom. He has been a featured guest on PBS’s Nature and National Geographic Explorer. He lives in southern New England with his wife, daughter, and their two Norwegian forest cats.