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Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life, by Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller, is a lovely, poignant collection of stories showing how pets can change and save lives. Written by a renowned veterinarian, speaker, and animal rights advocate, this book is full of uplifting stories that may help you succeed in life, overcome obstacles, and even lead you to happier times. These stories aren't just related to dogs and cats--which would be fine because like most people, I love them--but the stories contained here range from horses to birds, giving you a more well-rounded picture of the world of pets and their human companions. The author presents the concept of HSH, which stands for Happiness, Success, and Health, and this book illustrates how our pets can play a part in our well-being. The author uses her own anecdotes to illustrate points, from a personal and professional viewpoint. We all know the therapeutic value of pets, but the stories Muller provides are actual examples. Whether the problem is emotional or physical, pets can rescue people. If you know of an emotional support animal or have had a pet nurse you through an emotional time, then you can relate to these stories.
There are 101 stories here, and they are amazing. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and some will do both at the same time. Pets are more intuitive than we know, and this book serves to show the healing powers they have. They love unconditionally, and this can inspire us to strive to love others the same way. Besides stories, you'll find research and intriguing information grounded in science. The respect and care that the author shows to animals in this book are palpable, so you know the stories are coming from a genuine place, and many readers feel the same way about pets. Pets can be our teachers, confidants, and so much more. They can be the cure for what ails our bodies and psyches, though, as the author points out, not a substitute for official medical attention. I especially like the chapters on the horse/human connection, and how you can't really change a horse; you just have to let a horse have its own nature. Several images included in the text amplify the stories. If you love animal stories and want to know how they can enrich and impact our lives, Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life, by Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller, is a must-read.