In this revised edition of his celebrated book, Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals in beautifully written vignettes. Kowalski explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their selfless ability to love. By "de-sacrilizing" animals, he argues, we make ourselves less human. The book contains thoughtful ideas for rituals and ceremonies, spiritual guidance, and readings and poems to use for solace in case a pet dies. "If we are to keep our family homestead - Earth - safe for coming generations," writes Kowalski, "we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life."