My first book, The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space delves into the connections between our spaces and ourselves. It came out earlier this year and has already been a huge success – and has even went into a second printing! I am thrilled to announce that my second book, The Holistic Dog: Inside The Canine Mind, Body, Spirit, Space is well underway and will be available everywhere books are sold in the spring of 2017. The book will be a coffee-table style book with pictures of the dogs in their spaces taken by photographer Susan Fisher Plotner. I’ll be interviewing the dog’s human families and will be writing stories to accompany the stunning portraits. There will also be canine practitioner interviews that are divided into three sections. The Mind section will be canine behaviorists and trainers. The Body category will cover nutritionists, acupuncturists, holistic vets, etc. Spirit will be dog psychics, shamans, healers and more.
In interviewing a couple dozen of the dog families so far, I am noticing many of the same commonalities of how each canine enhances their human companions life and space. With every accompanying story, I try to delve into the holistic aspects – the mind, body and spirit – of each furry friend. In covering the Mind aspects, nearly every household I’ve heard from report on the personality attributes and endearing quirks that they adore about their pet. Sometimes its how the dog has a favorite rock in the backyard, a household bunny as a playmate or will not eat his food unless water is present. I love hearing about each and every charming, idiosyncratic behavior that in some ways, remind us all that these canine family members are just as unique, distinct and anomalous as our human family!
The Body part of the dogs stories cover anything physical. This can touch upon the breed, appearance, nutrition, exercise and wellness habits. Big or small, high maintenance or low, active or not, the physicality of each dog – in many ways shapes the household habits of where they dwell and the energy that surrounds them. The Spirit aspects of each dogs story are as unique as the dog themselves. Sometimes it examines the dogs intuitive connection to it’s family members, anticipating everything from the routines to the unexpected. Other times its the serendipitous ways that their dog has come to them and changed their life. One woman told me the story of how her dog was a “gift from her mother who had passed on many years earlier.”
These stories, are beautiful reminders of how our dogs tremendously enhance our lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. And all they want is love. Cheers to the dogs in all of our lives! Please go to TheHolisticDogBook.com for regular updates!
Photographs all copyrighted by Susan Fisher