I recently came across the most beautiful book.
Dr. Akhtar explores our relationship with animals in all of its facets. What struck me the most while reading this book was Aysha’s honesty and how she just bares herself completely. She intertwines her stories of childhood abuse and how her dog, Sylvester, was her savior. Even in her retelling of collecting information for writing this book she is so honest on how it affects her emotionally. When you read her stories you would never question why it did. But the fact that she reveals everything so honestly said a lot to me about her character.
There are so many stories that are so heartbreaking but she also always makes sure she adds those beautiful stories of humans loving and connecting with animals.
The book also sites many scientific studies to back up the points she makes, which is perfect for those people that need “real facts”.
There was one quote she used in the book from Robert Burton, On Being Certain
“The more committed we are to a belief, the harder it is to relinquish, even in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence. Instead of acknowledging an error in judgement and abandoning the opinion, we tend to develop a new attitude or belief that will justify retaining it.”Robert Burton, On Being Certain
I found this quote just dead on with how our society is.
I can see this being a fantastic book to open someone’s eyes to the fact that animals have emotions and deserve our respect and compassion. As a vegan although there were many times that I felt so sad reading it there were so many times I felt happy that there are other people out there that care about animals as much as I do. I love that Dr. Akhtar is spending her time trying to help these animals that have no voices. You can support Aysha and her cause by purchasing the book here