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20 August 2000 Issue

A Thought-provoking Dog Book
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Can animals be spiritual guides in our life's journey?

In a series of poignantly vivid anecdotes about human-canine bondings in the multicultural settings of Asia, Europe, America, "Girl On A Leash: The Healing Power of Dogs" narrates a Chinese woman's personal healing journey from dysfunction to wholeness with the love of different companion dogs around the world.

East meets West when dogs break down barriers of race, ethnicity, class, and gender to bridge the racial/ethnic divide and help disorderly souls. The book gives trenchant testimony that dogs teach us to share our humanity with each other.

By narrating stories about how different cultures treat its animal pets and what it says about the people of those societies, the book draws a subtle parallel between racism, sexism, and speciesism. Treatment of "lesser beings" provides a philosophical perspective to prejudice and discrimination in all its forms. In many societies today, exploitation of women, child labor, ethnic cleansing, and dog-eating are systemic and legal. And in the male-dominated American legal system, abuse of spouse, children and pets, who are still regarded as "chattel" is a mere misdemeanor.

The book makes us reflect on the cycle of violence that begins with animal abuse/neglect and escalates to violence towards humans who are helpless and different.

All profits go to charities that directly benefit animals.

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