Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us about Life

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us about Life

by Joan Chittister

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Overview

Two Dogs and a Parrot offers both heartwarming stories and thought-provoking reflections about sharing life with an animal companion. The relationships we form with them—with dogs, birds, cats, horses, rabbits, and other pets—are full of joys and rewards. Their personalities, their intelligence, their feelings draw us out of ourselves and make us aware of another whole level of what it means to be alive. They teach us to cherish life’s pleasures and to deal with its struggles. They show us the importance of being able to accept ourselves and to have empathy for others. They help us to find purpose and meaning in what we do and to overcome challenges and setbacks. In our companion animals we observe varying degrees of excitement and play, of love and fear. We see them court adventure and give themselves fully to enjoyment. And we realize their beautiful uniqueness, their sensitivities, and strong sense of purpose.

A loving human-animal relationship is built on mutual care and concern, on mutual responsibility and respect. We become a part of each other’s existence. And we grow as human beings if we learn to listen to the animals. We begin to understand that we are here as part of creation, not as consumers of it. We are here to care for this planet, not to exploit it. We are here to find our proper place in nature, to grow with it physically as well as spiritually.

Whether we have an animal companion, wish to live with a pet or know someone who does, or cherish the animal world and nature, Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of the deep bond between humans and animals and invites us to embrace and celebrate our animal friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629190143
Publisher: BlueBridge
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 235,800
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JOAN CHITTISTER is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She has received numerous awards for her work, and she currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. Her books include The Friendship of Women , The Monastery of the Heart , and the bestseller The Gift of Years.

Table of Contents

Introduction

THE IRISH SETTER

DANNY COMES HOME— Acceptance

DANNY AND THE SHOW RING— Self-Knowledge

DANNY AND THE AUTOMATIC DOOR— Enjoyment

DANNY AT THE VET’S— Assertiveness

DANNY AT THE SHORE— Purpose

DANNY AND WORK— Balance

DANNY THE COUNSELOR— Empathy

THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER

DUFFY IS ADOPTED— Rejection

DUFFY’S EARLY FORMATION— Woundedness

DUFFY’S SOCIAL LIFE— Relationships

DUFFY AND THE FISH TANK— Insight

DUFFY THE WATCHDOG— Presence

DUFFY ON THE LAKE— Diversity

DUFFY AND THE BUTTERFLIES— Beauty

THE CAIQUE

LADY THE COMPANION— Change

LADY AND HER TOYS— Materialism

LADY THE PERFORMER— Play

LADY SHOWS EMOTION— Love

LADY ON THE MOVE— Adventure

LADY’S ASPIRATIONS— Essence

LADY STEPS UP— Respect

Afterword

A Prayer for Animals

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Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Joan is a nun that has written other books that are very popular. This book is about two dogs, Danny and Duffy, and a parrot, Lady, and how they have taught her different things about life. Danny didn’t perform as he was expected to and helped Joan to realize that it was best to accept ourselves no matter what others thought and enjoy the process. Duffy was a love bug and would do anything for you unless he didn’t want to do it. Then Lady was good enough to repeat her own learned lesson. I love animals, especially cats and when I see a book about animals I jump at the chance to read it. I admit that I thought this would be more of a book about stories with animals. It is not, you are going to be reading more about human psychology and how animals can help up learn more about ourselves. This is not a bad book, it is well written and has a great message. Although it was not what I expected it was still a good book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Author Joan Chittister invites readers to share her experiences with pets, especially dogs and a parrot, in this book detailing how animals can teach humans. The Judeo-Christian creation story, the author points out, pictures mankind given dominion over animals. But what if naming is, as we usually treat it, an act of relationship rather than dominion? Then the naming of animals puts relationship above dominion, and our whole worldview might change. Not only that, but our willingness to learn from our animal friends might result in lessons well-taught. Two Dogs and a Parrot isn’t a theological treatise of course, though it has enough serious discussion to satisfy anyone who needs a religious edge. Rather it’s the story, as the title says, of two dogs and a parrot, each taking their place in a community, each helping wounded humans, each in their own way. From an Irish setter’s eager bounce to the nervous glance of a rejected show-dog, these pets reveal their own feelings and invite a human response. Meanwhile they teach – “Life is not about becoming someone else,” real truth doesn’t “simply mask[] irritation with polite dishonesty,” and “the act of simply being present to pain may be at least as powerful a gift” as anything else we can offer, for example. “Each of us has been wounded by something on the way through life,” says the author. But woundedness isn’t the same as broken; it can include an invitation to more, as these pets reveal. And so, building story upon story drawn from life, the author leads her humans as surely as she has been led by her pets, turnings ends into beginnings, building hope that grows, and offering gently humorous vignettes of life with dog and parrot along the way. This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read for any dog-lover or pet-lover. But it’s much more, and these animal friends, at the ends of Joan Chittister’s pen, really can teach life lessons for us all. Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.