Lyrically, eloquently and compassionately, ANIMAL ELDERS: Caring About Our Aging Animal Companions discusses the various challenges as well as gifts associated with growing old. Observing that the older members of both animal and human societies have traditionally been regarded with respect and esteem and viewed as teachers, counselors and guides, today’s society values youth and tends to dismiss, discard or disregard both its human and animal elders. To value, appreciate and care for our elders – to view them as role models and mirrors of the experiences we ourselves will ultimately face – can be of great benefit to us.. ANIMAL ELDERS asks us to examine the nature of human and animal life and to acknowledge our bonds with one another. It encourages us to explore the mysteries of life, to appreciate and honor our human and animal elders, and, above all, to love and respect one another, all living beings, and the extraordinary planet upon which we live.