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A book review of Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life by Margit Gabriele Muller

A book review of Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life by Margit Gabriele Muller

Stars: ****

HSH Press (2020)
Animal Essays
342 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Your Pet, Your Pill®: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life is an award-nominated positive, motivational and inspirational book that will impact the way we look at pets. All pets (dogs, cats, horses, fish, rabbits, birds) can lead you to your path to HSH – Happiness, Success and Health. Filled with stories of how pets have helped people overcome emotional and physical challenges, the book demonstrates how pets have the ability to transform our lives, by making them better and more enriched. Your Pet, Your Pill is broken up into three distinct parts, Part 1 (Pets and happiness), Part 2 (Pets and health) and Part 3 (Pets and success).

The book also demonstrates how our pets can help us to find ourselves again. We can improve ourselves tremendously when we look at pets as our guide, help, support and idol. Their unconditional love and incredible joy of being present in the moment are the foundation for our lives and our relationship with others. Pets can heal us so deeply that they are our best medicines for love, for laughter, for happiness, for joy, for health, and for success. Based on the author’s extensive personal experiences with animals as pets and patients, Your Pet, Your Pill offers readers a fascinating look at how the animals in our lives help us achieve happier, healthier, more successful lives through their incredible joy, tender companionship, unwavering support and unconditional love. Filled with thought-provoking research and inspiring and entertaining stories, this book is guaranteed to help anyone develop a deeper understanding of how our pets’ trust, courage, endurance, self-confidence, bravery and resilience allow us to successfully foster those traits in ourselves—in both our personal and professional lives. A must-read for any pet lover!

Your Pet, Your Pill

This was a wonderful book for the pet lover. The book is full of inspirational stories but they are all about a specific benefit of pets. For example:

  • How Pets Reduce Our Loneliness
  • How Pets Increase Our Endorphin Levels
  • How Pets Can Help Us Become Less Fearful
  • How Pets Give Seniors Purpose
  • How Fish Can Help Alzheimer’s Patients
  • How Cats Help Us Stretch
  • How Animals Help Cerebral Palsy Sufferers
  • How Pets Give us Greater Self-Esteem
  • How Dogs Increase Our Conscientiousness
  • How Pets Increase Our Compassion
  • and more.

Each story is only a few pages long which makes this a great bathroom book because you can read it in small parts. Each chapter begins with an explanation of how pets help the specified part of our lives. This can range from a few sentences to a few paragraphs. Then comes the story. Finally a one sentence reminder about pets. Many of the stories are of the author’s pets or animals she has worked with. This means a few things are repeated when introducing certain stories. But it’s no big deal.

The book also has a little workbook you can get. The workbook only covers 24 of the stories. It gives you a chance to write out answers to some basic questions to help you analyze what you read. Questions like this: Do you have a pet? Which pet do you have? If you don’t have a pet, which one would you like to have and why? OR How do you feel when you caress your pet? OR Do you remember the story in Chapter 18 about the boa constrictor Boris? What were your feelings about Boris in this story?

A great gift for any pet lover.

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