About This Book
Pet Lover's GuideBlessing of the Animals is a guide containing a compendium of stories, prayers, ceremonies, and engaging tidbits. You will find blessings not only for the pets and other animals of the world, but those useful for animal lovers who want to include their beloved companions in family ceremonies.
Animal CeremoniesIn addition to sharing the history of animal blessings and pet blessings from different parts of the globe, it also covers the trends of contemporary ceremonies such as pet birthday parties, and unique pet memorials and services.
Historic & ContemporaryIf you've ever wondered about the historical roots of both the traditional blessings, or the contemporary critter celebrations, you'll discover that information inside, AND also learn where to find some of the most popular ones today.
DIY & How ToYou'll enjoy tales of muttrimony or how to include pets in your own nuptials along or get advice on hosting a purr-fect party, how to participate in a pet pageant, and get a few tips for creating your own traditions.
Part 1: Animals Invade Spiritual & Religious CentersYou'll find unique blessings from some of the most popular animal blessing ceremonies as well as learning more about the history and location of animal blessings in the United States, Indonesia, France, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Part 2: Rites of Paws-sage: Muzzle Tov!Here you'll learn about mitvahs as a new trend for dogs, cats and horses. Plus you'll discover unique ceremonies for all kinds of critter celebrations.
Part 3: Muttrimony & Other Pet NuptialsIn this section you'll learn about pet weddings and find examples of ceremonies for bonding, celebrations and connection.
Part 4: Pet Parties - A Pawsitive Fur-nonmenonParty animal takes on a whole new meaning in this section with everything from Yappy Hours to Pet Pageants and seasonal galas. Also contains ceremonies and prayers for new pets, pet selection and arrival, sickness and more.
Part 5: Grave Topics at Tails EndPet loss is a tough passage and in this section discover pet memorial ideas for cremation or funerals and other ways to memorialize pets.
Part 6: Pet-PourriFind tips and hints for holding pet blessings and other animal ceremonies as well as the "Bless the Beasts" prayer.
Reviews & Testimonials
Personally, I heartily recommend this wonderful book to anyone interested in animals and spirituality. Whether you are in an animal-related profession, are crazy about your companion animal friends, or know someone else who is, you will find inspiration and practical uses for the many delightful blessings in this book. Blessing of the Animals is a MUST READ for all animal lovers, spiritual seekers, and those who serve them.- by Animal Chaplans
Blessing of the Animals is a most welcomed resource for celebrating the deep reciprocal relationships that humans form with a variety of nonhuman animals. Stories, prayers, poems and ceremonies filled with respect, compassion and love honor the place that animal beings play in human lives.- Mark Bekoff, Author
This book is an absolute delight! The prayers and blessings are uplifting and honoring to our furred, finned and feathered friends. The anecdotes and ceremonies are wildly entertaining! This book is a must read for anyone who loves animals!- Karen Mehringer, Author
Books on ritual and ceremony are far too rare as it is, but rarer still--and so of even greater value--is this unique collection of prayers, blessings and ceremonies for animals, and for the humans who love and chrish them. With this book, Diana offers encouragement to all of us who would honor our animal family members at critical junctures of their lives with us. She gives us all the tools we need to create our own blessings for the animals. What a gift!- Susan Chernak McElroy, Author