Soul Dog

A Journey into the Spiritual Life of Animals

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Pub Date 13 Nov 2018 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2018
Inner Traditions, Bear & Company

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Description

An exploration of animal spirituality and the ability of animals to communicate with humans even in the afterlife

• 2019 Coalition of Visionary Resources Gold Award and Industry Choice and Peoples Choice Award

• Chronicles the author’s profound relationship with her dog, Brio, his ability to read her mind and emotions, and the messages she received from him after his death

• Shares the author’s research with animal communicators, psychics, and scientists specializing in animal intelligence such as Rupert Sheldrake

• Explores animals’ thoughts and feelings, interspecies communication and telepathy, animal souls and the afterlife, and animal reincarnation

• Paper with French flaps

Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Elena Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with her dog Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication--even after death.

Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind--and a spirit--of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio, exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes’s growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact an animal psychic in California who described, with amazing accuracy, Brio’s favorite walks and the author’s apartment from the dog’s point of view. Motivated by her experience, Mannes produced a filmed segment with Diane Sawyer featuring the same psychic, who described Sawyer’s country house and her dog’s favorite spots in the yard. Mannes’s skeptical journalist background compelled her to investigate further. She delved into the world of animal communicators, psychics, and scientists studying animal intelligence, including Rupert Sheldrake, to find answers to her multiplying questions: Do animals have thoughts and feelings? Consciousness? Souls? Is interspecies communication possible? Can animals reincarnate?

Spanning the entire life and afterlife of Brio, including his last days and his messages to the author after he passed on, this book also explores Mannes’ investigations into the spiritual life of animals, offering a new understanding of the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. Mannes invites readers to move beyond the owner-pet relationship and shows us how to see animals as thinking, feeling, spiritual beings whose connections with us extend far beyond life and death.

An exploration of animal spirituality and the ability of animals to communicate with humans even in the afterlife

• 2019 Coalition of Visionary Resources Gold Award and Industry Choice and Peoples...


Advance Praise

“This is a must-read, a spiritual journey into the life of the soul dog. This wonderful book teaches about the unconditional love and unbreakable bonds that exist between humans and animals.”

Bash Dibra, an internationally acclaimed dog trainer and coauthor of Dog Training by Bash, DogSpeak, CatSpeak, and StarPet

 

“My former colleague Elena Mannes has always been on a quest to discover more about the animals she loves. Soul Dog takes her beyond science into mystical paths—the yearning for consolation and possibility. She writes that animals teach us to listen. Elena is their friend, ready to hear.”

Diane Sawyer, American television journalist

 

“Enlightening! An important read for people who want to connect with their dog’s soul after death.”

Jennifer Skiff, bestselling author of The Divinity of Dogs

Soul Dog is a very thought-provoking book. Steeped in science and heart, Ms. Mannes passionately shares her own experiences with Brio. This book opens the door for wide-ranging musings about what dogs can teach us if we open our minds and hearts.”

Marc Bekoff, author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

 

“Do you have a dog and wonder about your relationship? Then this is a must-read. A touching, insightful, and thought-provoking book that compels you to look at your animals in a new way. It is a wonderful example of just how deep and mutually enriching the dog-human relationship can be.”

Diane Budd, animal communicator and healer and author of Energy Medicine for Animals

 

“Elena Mannes writes eloquently of her unfolding journey of awareness with soul dog Brio. With gentle nudges and congenial canine humor, Brio guides Mannes through the mysteries of animal communication and ultimately helps her awaken to the magic that occurs when we learn to trust and listen to the truth of our deeper self.”

Dawn Baumann Brunke, author of Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions, Dreaming with Polar Bears, and Animal Voices, Animal Guides 

 “Elena and Brio’s soul story showcases the precious trans-species adoration and communication in life and the afterlife between a woman and her dog. Discovering Brio’s creative and original mind, Mannes’s own testimony, both reflective and humorous, weaves science and personal experience into a kind of Tao of dog. She shows that sentient animal kin are teaching humans how to sit, walk, stay, and lie down in reciprocal respect, love, and joy. This book sparkles with delight.”

            Zohara M. Hieronimus, D.H.L., author of White Spirit Animals: Prophets of Change

 “Hidden in the fabric of a curly coat, Elena Mannes discovers a real, in-the-flesh angel whom she comes to know as her soul dog, Brio. She teaches us that a soul dog connects us with our own all-knowing soul, the indestructible force of God that lives within us and within the animals that we may take for granted. This brave author beautifully balances incredibly precise messages from animal communicators and psychics with scientific studies all directed at the same discovery—we are more connected than we might think. May every reader be inspired to listen to the far-reaching wisdom of a trusted pet and be blessed to have your heart blown open by the healing power of their unconditional, and forever, love.”

Belinda J. Womack, author of Lessons from the Twelve Archangels: Divine Intervention in Daily Life


“This is a must-read, a spiritual journey into the life of the soul dog. This wonderful book teaches about the unconditional love and unbreakable bonds that exist between humans and animals.”

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I have never read a book like “Soul Dog: A Journey into the Spiritual Life of Animals” by Elena Mannes, which recounts her amazing relationship with her dog, Brio, and their spiritual connection that continued after his death.

I’ll let the Publisher’s Note explain more about their phenomenal spiritual journey, while awarding this unique book 5/5.


Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Elena Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with her dog Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication--even after death.

Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind--and a spirit--of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio, exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes’s growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact an animal psychic in California who described, with amazing accuracy, Brio’s favorite walks and the author’s apartment from the dog’s point of view. Motivated by her experience, Mannes produced a filmed segment with Diane Sawyer featuring the same psychic, who described Sawyer’s country house and her dog’s favorite spots in the yard. Mannes’s skeptical journalist background compelled her to investigate further. She delved into the world of animal communicators, psychics, and scientists studying animal intelligence, including Rupert Sheldrake, to find answers to her multiplying questions: Do animals have thoughts and feelings? Consciousness? Souls? Is interspecies communication possible? Can animals reincarnate?

Spanning the entire life and afterlife of Brio, including his last days and his messages to the author after he passed on, this book also explores Mannes’ investigations into the spiritual life of animals, offering a new understanding of the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. Mannes invites readers to move beyond the owner-pet relationship and shows us how to see animals as thinking, feeling, spiritual beings whose connections with us extend far beyond life and death.


Pub Date 13 Nov 2018   

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If you have ever had a spiritual connection with an animal, I encourage you to read this book. And if you are thinking that such a thing as impossible, I also encourage you to read this book! The author does a beautiful job of expressing the connection between humans and animals, and her case a spirited, loving black poodle named Brio.

I have always been a cat person but fell n love with our dog Suzy 9 years ago when we adopted her from a rescue organization. Having nurtured, loved and kept company with 5 cats in my adulthood, I can honestly say that there are indeed ways to communicate with animals, and them with us.

The author does a brilliant job of weaving actual examples of pet communicators working with a variety of animals, along with scientific studies/research and scenes from her own relationship with a Brio.

With thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Brio: A musical term meaning a directive to perform the indicated passage with vigor, vivacity or spirit. Brio is the perfect name the author chose for her new puppy and the inspiration of Soul Dog. It turns out that the name, meaning spirit, could not have been more perfect. As the author and Brio's relationship develops Ms. Mannes begins to explore the world of animal communicators. Are they "the real thing", are they reading owner's minds, are they con artists, what IS going on with animal commicators or "pet psychics"? Ms. Mannes delves into this as a serious journalist and suffice it to say, the findings are convincing and impressive that yes...it is real. Of course, like all fields I'm sure there are scammers out there, but there is truth too. That said, our animals communicate in their own way no matter who is listening, or not. They do have hearts, minds and souls. I always knew this myself and I've listened in my own way. If you want to know more about Animal Communication I highly suggest this book to learn the facts and the truth, while enjoying the beautiful story of Brio and Elena Mannes.
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