The benefits that pets provide to humans are well-documented: they give companionship, encourage exercise, offer protection and sniff out crime. One author is even using the lovable creatures to advance a narrative on the wonder and joy entrenched in life’s smallest moments.
Eckhart Tolle, an experienced author who writes in a spiritual context teamed up with the cartoonist Patrick McDonnell to write the new book, Guardians of Being. The book, which is set to release this month, includes McDonnell’s illustrations which are recognizable from his acclaimed comic strip, MUTTS.
According to a ZooToo column, the book reflects on the moment-by-moment outlook of a fictional dog and reinforces the ways that dogs can gratify their owners through friendship and loyalty. Guardians of Being furthermore insists that through pet care, humans can learn about the methods of simple living that dogs pursue.
One reviewer from the Inspired Retailer said that "though such as "Allow your dog to take you for a walk every day, it’s good for the body and it’s good for the soul’ make the book a great gift" for animal lovers.
Dating back to Aesop’s Fables in 620 B.C. writers and thinkers have contemplated the lessons that wildlife imparts.