Four- Legged Therapy is a delightfully illustrated collection of ten stories that recognise the therapeutic value of having animals in our lives. A charming exploration of how pets can support our minds and bodies in everyday life. From grumpy cats, fat dogs and muddy ducks to goats in a classroom and rescue-hens in a care home, this book recognises animals as the unsung heroes that save lives and make life worth living.
Animals offer companionship, love and fun. They teach us the gift of kindness and acceptance. They can connect us to the world, slow down time and sharpen our senses in a kind of informal meditation. They can be good listeners, offering reassurance and devotion that steadies our self-esteem. They ask us for routine and consistency, to show a kind of resilience that is good for us.
“Your dog’s utter faith in your humanity will make you feel like more and more of a human, every day” – Caroline O’Donoghue, author of ‘Promising Young Women’, shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards writing about the joy of unconditional from her Jack-Russell terrier, Sylvie.
“I feel as if I’ve been permitted a glimpse into the wonder at the very heart of life, led there by my dog”
– Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, author of Things My Dog Has Taught Me: About being a better human.