The Daisy Sutra:

Conversations with My Dog

by Helen Weaver
illustrated by Alan McKnight


DaisySutracoverIt is with great joy that I offer you my book, The Daisy Sutra: Conversations with my Dog, written with the help of Daisy, my beloved spirit dog and muse.

When Daisy was very old, I started writing the story of her life. The thought of losing her was bad enough; the thought of losing my memories of her was unbearable.

As her health failed, I was faced with an agonizing decision. Was it time to help her die, or should I let her do it on her own? Was I being selfish in keeping her alive because I couldn’t bear to let her go? Or would I be “putting her down” for my own sake, because her care had become so difficult? How could I be sure I would do the right thing? What would Daisy have to say about this, if she could speak?

It was at this moment, on the advice of a friend that, racked with grief and guilt, I picked up the phone and called an animal communicator.

Thus began an adventure that gradually took me from a place of grief and loss to a place of gratitude and light. For I, who began life as a skeptic, learned not only that you can talk to the animals, and they can talk to you (and are eager to do so!), but that animals have a deep wisdom to impart, and a spiritual essence that survives death. Not only did I find out how Daisy felt about things; I learned that she would never leave me.

Painful as it was to lose her physical form, Daisy’s death brought me a great gift: the discovery of animal communication. Her death was a doorway into a whole new world, a world in which we humans are no longer so alone.

The solace and inspiration I received from my sessions with three animal communicators–Gail De Sciose, Ginny Debbink, and Karen Beth–motivated me to turn my scribbled notes into a book. And two years later, here it is!

Alan McKnight © 2001

Alan McKnight © 2001

A word about the title: The word “sutra” (pronounced soo-tra) is Sanskrit for “a thread on which jewels are strung,” but it can also mean “a collection of wise sayings.” More than a memoir, The Daisy Sutra contains the words of wisdom of this little dog who was, and still is, my teacher.

The Daisy Sutra is illustrated with twenty-five pen and ink drawings by artist Alan McKnight. It includes an interview with animal communicator Gail De Sciose, a special message to skeptics, and a list of recommended resources.



“In this memoir of loss and learning, Weaver (who has translated 50 books from the French) first loses her 100-year-old mother and then her 15-year-old beagle/shepherd/collie mix, Daisy, whose soulful face graces the book’s cover. Remarking that “a pet is a lesson in letting go, a home course in Buddhism,” Weaver recounts Daisy’s last months and her own exploration of interspecies communication. Though at first somewhat skeptical, Weaver called on three different “animal communicators” before and after Daisy’s death and came to believe that they could indeed interpret Daisy’s thoughts. According to Weaver, one of Daisy’s wisest “sutras” (Buddhist or Hindu aphorisms) is “The more people who know we are not just ‘dumb animals,’ the better. Humans are a strange lot. They need to be healed.” As Weaver relates how Daisy remained her spiritual guide and muse even after her death, readers fascinated by the notion that mysterious forms of communication are possible may find the book gives some credence to claims of interspecies communication. (At present, there are close to 150 practitioners of this telepathic technique in the U.S.) The book concludes with an interview with an animal communicator, a fine section on related books and a list of recommended communicators. Beyond its two clear audiences–New Age readers and dog lovers open to the idea of interspecies communication–this moving, well written book may sway even a few skeptics. Charming illustrations.”

—Publishers Weekly


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