Some of our greatest thinkers – Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas – and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years. Now, New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Katz looks for an answer and finds even more questions as he recounts the lives and stories of the residents of Bedlam Farm: Rose, his beloved workaholic sheepdog who runs the farm, and an array of gentle donkeys, industrious chickens, docile sheep, obnoxious goats and a murderous yet loving barn cat. Do these remarkable creatures have consciences? Do they possess free will and reason? Do they have a sense of self, or an existence in the spirit world? Do they shape their own lives? Or are we projecting onto ourselves traits we want and need them to have, allowing ourselves to be manipulated into trading food and shelter for what we see as unconditional love?
SOUL OF A DOG: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm