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ASK THE ANIMALS: What Shelter Dogs Taught Me About Life, Love, and Trust chronicles my transformative experience volunteering in an overstressed, underfunded urban animal shelter. The title comes from the verse in the Book of Job that begins: "Ask the animals, and they will teach you." The book’s major theme is how the shelter dogs have given me a model for becoming a better human being: in the way they live in the present, without fretting about the future or regretting the past, in their readiness to love, regardless of achievements, worldly position, attractiveness; in their ever-new enthusiasm for the basic gifts of life; and in their ability, even after cruelty and abuse, to forgive and trust again. 

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