THE BOOK: ANIMAL COMPANIONS: YOUR FRIENDS, TEACHERS AND GUIDES
Children and animals share a deep emotional, powerful and meaningful
bond. Animals, especially beloved pets, become playmates, study
partners, work partners and ultimately, friends. From their
relationships with pets and other animals, children experience
comfort, compassion, patience, mutual respect and feelings of
interconnectedness with the world around them. In her new colorfully
and beautifully illustrated book, Animal Companions: Your Friends,
Teachers & Guides certified Grief Recovery Specialist Diane
Pomerance Ph.D. offers inspiring insights of the effects of
child-animal bonds while re-enforcing to children the uplifting
nature of the cycle of life.
Animal Companions: Your Friends, Teachers & Guides affirms
the importance of people-animal relationships while helping
children to identify and express their strong feelings of shared
bonds with their animal friends such as companionship, trust,
acceptance, understanding and devotion. Dr. Pomerance guides
children through the realization of these feelings and the process
of creating and sustaining a relationship with a pet and how
to cope with the knowledge that the much-loved pet will eventually
pass on by emphasizing time spent together should be treated
as a gift and a privilege.
Creatively illustrated by artist Vanessa Meier and filled
with quotes chosen to emphasize to children the important
bonds of love and loyalty between themselves and pets, Dr.
Pomerance has created an insightful book that brings to light
both the joy of animal ownership and the heartache felt when
an animal companion dies.
Animal companionship teaches children many important lessons
concerning compassion and the responsibility people have to
provide for and protect animals. Children learn the breadth
of human emotion, from joy and sorrow, success and failure,
to peace and understanding through their relationship with
In a moving, considerate and understanding voice, Animal
Companions: Your Friends, Teachers & Guides encourages
children to identify their feelings of connectedness with
animals by fostering relationships with animals and focusing
on "living in the moment" by enjoying each day with
their pet and remembering the most important gift of life
A portion of the proceeds from sales of Animal Companions:
Your Friends, Teachers & Guides will be donated to the
SPCA of Texas, where Pomerance heads the SPCA's Pet Grief
Counseling Program and support group that meets monthly.
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