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“The animal lovers among us…become an informal community of people who sense that God is found in other animals and our relationships with them…This book introduces us to this community, and it is well worth purchasing for the companionship it offers.”Jay McDaniel at

“In these turbulent times… this new anthology can help us to regain our perspective, our commitment, and our hope through the essays, stories, and poems about engaging with animals… What a special showcase of creatures, great and small!” Mary Harwell Sayler at

“Catherine Lawton has combined well-written experiences from known authors and ones from all walks of life and literary identification…It’s a good read…Would I recommend this book? Definitely.” Sue Wolff in SAR Dog News, Sept. 2021

The Animals In Our Lives: Stories of Companionship and Awe

compiled by Catherine Lawton

43 winsome, personal stories, essays, and poems recount experiences with dogs and cats, sheep and horses, backyard birds and woodland deer, and other surprising creatures. The friendships, encounters, and adventures of people and animals include childhood memories, individual and family experiences, and wilderness adventures. They all celebrate the companionship we have with animals both domestic and wild, in everyday life and in life’s challenging times.

This inspirational volume will evoke laughter, tears, and the experience of awe. The stories are written by 20 Cladach authors.

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