Karlene Stange’s spiritual journey began as she drove her pickup loaded with medical supplies to attend to animals throughout southwestern Colorado, where the Animas River carves the landscape. As an ambulatory veterinarian, she has experienced the challenges, sorrows, and joys of working with creatures great and small and feels a powerful kinship with these beautiful beings, a bond that goes beyond flesh and fur and feathers. The Spiritual Nature of Animals chronicles her amazing exploration through the teachings of various religious and cultural traditions, as well as her encounters with the magnificent Rocky Mountain terrain and the quirky characters — both animal and human — who inhabit it.
“Dr. Karlene Stange weaves a heartwarming web composed of her personal experiences as a veterinarian caring for all our kindred spirits, along with insights from ancient wisdom traditions and perspectives on our boundless interconnectedness with all beings. . . . Allow it to touch your heart and spirit, and enjoy!” — Allen M. Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD ( hon.), author of Kindred Spirits
“In this book, you will find stories that make you laugh, others that bring tears to your eyes, and still others that evoke enlightening views about the world we cohabit with animals and how this affects our belief systems. I highly recommend this inspiring book.” — Nancy S. Loving, DVM, author of All Horse Systems Go
“Dr. Karlene Stange addresses some of the hardest questions veterinarians face and does so with a fascinating and surprisingly seamless blend of science/medicine, spirituality, and personal experience. She gives us the kernels of truth about the spirit, or anima, of animals from the perspective of each major religion and distills these into a very practical philosophy.” — Susan J. Tornquist, DVM, MS, PhD, Dip ACVP, Lois Bates Acheson Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
“Everyone who cares about animals will benefit from this book.” — Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, founder and dean, Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
“Finally gives the issue of animal spirituality the attention it deserves . . . the definitive examination of animals and spirituality.” — Marta Williams, author of Learning Their Language
“Part meditation, part spiritual/theological exploration, part collection of anecdotes, part history, and all heart . . . this debut work turns a loving, gentle eye toward animals — and humans.” — Booklist