On Guardians of Being

On Guardians of Being 

EckhartA Celebration of the Gift of Our Companion Animals 

By Patrick McDonnell 

 “Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us…”  - Eckhart Tolle

Guardians of Being (words by Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now and A New Earth and art by Patrick McDonnell, creator of MUTTS) celebrates the reason we love our companion animals.  It illuminates for us their divine purpose.  While we are lost in our thoughts and busyness of everyday life, they have become our guardians of being.  They can bring us into the present moment and reconnect us to the one source of all life.    

Guardians of Being is a collaboration of Eckhart’s teachings and my cartoon illustrations.  As does all of Eckhart Tolle’s work, Guardians of Being teaches us about finding inner peace by living in the now, the transformation of our consciousness, and the arising of a more enlightened humanity. The primary signposts in this new book are all of nature and, in particular, our beloved dogs and cats.    

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THE PIG FARMER: A Story of Transformation

By John Robbins
[NOTE:  Mr. Robbins' column items will appear regularly in  A number of articles emanate from Mr. Robbins' websites: and, and are given through Mr. Robbins' permission].

One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman—and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz.

The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement from the animals in the upper and middle tiers dropped through the slats on to the animals below.

The aforementioned owner of this nightmare weighed, I am sure, at least 240 pounds, but what was even more impressive about his appearance was that he seemed to be made out of concrete. His movements had all the fluidity and grace of a brick wall.

Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

[New World Library]
Interview with authors Allen & Linda Anderson
How did you get started collecting and publishing stories about the spiritual connection between people and animals? Why do you call yourselves a “golden team”?
In 1996, we were walking around Lake Harriet in Minneapolis with our yellow Labrador Taylor. She had a big grin on her face. People kept stopping to ask if we knew our dog was smiling. We thought about how much joy she and our other animals were bringing to us. We started listing spiritual qualities we were gaining by observing and living with our pets – love, gratitude, creativity, joy. We wondered if other people felt they were learning spiritual lessons from animals. After the walk, we went home and made up a flyer to put around town and we posted questions on Internet animal chat groups. We asked: Are you learning spiritual lessons from animals? Have you ever had a dream with an animal? Do you think animals go to heaven? Within 60 days we had hundreds of responses from all over the world. We knew we had to share these wonderfully inspiring stories of animals as spiritual beings.

A Talk With Linda and Allen Anderson, authors of Angel Dogs with a Mission

[Editor’s Note: Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life is a book every animal lover should read. A collection of extraordinary stories about heroic working dogs, it reminds us how dogs enrich our lives…and for little in return. The world would be a poorer place without our four-legged angel friends.]

What kind of missions do dogs have?

Dogs protect, heal, mend broken hearts, save lives, and give service to those who need it. Dogs let people know that no matter how desperate they might be feeling, they are loved by at least one creature on this earth.

Do animals have emotions?


by John-Paul Flintoff
for The Sunday Times (of London) Online

A three-month-old baby died in its mother’s arms earlier this month. For hours the mother, Gana, gently shook and stroked her son Claudio, apparently trying to restore movement to his lolling head and limp arms. People who watched were moved to tears — unfazed by the fact that Gana and Claudio were “only” gorillas in Münster zoo, northern Germany. Interviews Marc Bekoff, Author, The Emotional Lives of Animals

Mike Schwager, Editor-in-Chief of, recently interviewed Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Biology at The University of Colorado, and Co-Founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Mr. Bekoff is author of The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter (New World Library) [See Enrichment Recommends in left column].

Do Animals Have Emotions? Of Course They Do


by Marc Bekoff

“Emotions are the gifts of our ancestors. We have them and so do they. No longer do we have to put words like happy or sad in quotation marks when we speak of animal emotions and animals’ inner lives. Animals will always have their mysteries but their emotional lives are public and transparent.”

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