SoulPaws Magazine


Animal Spirit Guides

Animals have a special, revered role in man’s life. Often appearing as “totems,” or representatives, carved into art icons or “totem poles” in Native American culture. Or Shamanism. But regardless of culture, animals often appear in dreams, meditation or real life on an “as needed” basis. We may not know how or when to summon them. But, […]


National Black Dog Day

In case you missed it, October 1st was National Black Dog Day. Don’t fret – after reading this blog you’ll be in much better position to properly celebrate next year. Maybe “celebrate” is the wrong word – one organization says it’s about “the plight of black dogs in shelters around the country” [from their Facebook […]

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I know, I know. It’s confusing. It’s not therapy with hippopotamuses. That would be dangerous, because hippos are one of the deadliest animals on earth. It’s true, well, at least in Africa, where they are known to attack humans, tip over boats and kill 500+ people a year [source:]. No, it’s about therapy with […]

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The Healing Nature of Horses

In recent years, many people have been turning to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) as a means of healing.  Therapy sessions with horses have shown that horses can help us cope with our mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.  Through EAP, patients engage with horses by participating in activities like grooming, petting, walking, […]

Eating Disorders

Love in the Form of a Labrador

Dear SoulPack, Last week, we received an email from a woman who would like to remain anonymous. She suffers from binge-eating disorder, and she wrote: “Of all things, why had I volunteered to bring a cake to Barb’s going away party? Who did I think I was? Someone with self-control? Someone who could keep a cake […]

Eating Disorders

How Conquering My Fear of Animals Parallels My Recovery Journey

Growing up my family had fish, dogs, chickens, and parakeets. My father and brother loved animals and having pets. I, on the other hand, was afraid of most animals that weren’t cute little puppies. Ok, afraid might be too harsh of a word – perhaps, nervous is a better one. Animals made me nervous. How was I supposed to […]