See the commentary by Martin V. Cisneros upon which this discussion is based:
Hosea 2:18: God's New Covenant between Man and Animal
Dearest Frank and Mary
God bless you both!
I'm just unable to contain my joy! Yes, I do believe animals have souls because the breath of life is God's; so how can we question that? Thank-you so much! My heart is at peace.
The one verse which really convinced me was verse 21; I never noticed it was in the form of a question. Solomon is not establishing a "truth", but as you suggested addressing the people. I do try to study with diligence, but sometimes I entirely miss the oblivious. I depend solely upon His inspired Word for truth and direction, in my daily living. THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU!!!
I praise God for you both who are dedicated to the Lord and serious about serving and living for Him. I pray God continues to bless you and prosper your ministries. You are a true God sent blessing!