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What You Can Really Learn From Your Pet

By | 2018-01-05T01:17:12+00:00 May 19th, 2015|

Photo Credit: mikeywally via Compfight cc In spite of the spotlights shining down at the podium, I could make out her face through the dimly lit houselights: a young woman—maybe twenty years old – standing in the fourth row [...]

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10 Things Animals Can Teach Us

By | 2018-01-04T23:01:02+00:00 February 18th, 2015|

The Obama family welcomes a new puppy (Photo: Pete Souza/White House, via AP) Animals and New Year’s Resolutions - Psychology Today Perhaps we should turn to our dogs and cats to remind us what’s most important. Here are [...]

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Vint Virga Profile in the New York Times

By | 2018-01-05T00:17:21+00:00 January 10th, 2015|

Willie the donkey and Sukari, a Masai giraffe. (Photo: Robin Schwartz for The New York Times) Alex Halberstadt has published this in-depth look at the world of zoos in The New York Times Magazine. Here is an [...]

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A Morning Stroll

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:20+00:00 November 18th, 2014|

A morning stroll in November’s chilly winds...   (Photo by Vint Virga)  

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Meet Black Jack the Wallaby

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:20+00:00 November 12th, 2014|

Remember this little Bennett’s wallaby from August? Here he is in his momma’s pouch two...   (Photo by Vint Virga)   Here he is months later...   (Photo by Vint Virga)   And here he is on the [...]

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Cozy Like a Sloth

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:20+00:00 October 10th, 2014|

A good day for getting cozy indoors like Willie (a two-toed sloth). Photo by Vint Virga

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Zoo Rounds

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:20+00:00 October 5th, 2014|

Back to the comforts of home and rounds at one of my favorite zoos. Photo by Vint Virga

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On the Brink of Extinction

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:20+00:00 July 30th, 2014|

This animal might be hunted to extinction before you’ve even heard of it. Photo Credit: Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program

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By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 July 8th, 2014|

With all the rain driving down and warnings of flash floods, hope we don’t end up this deep under water. Photo by Vint Virga

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A Cool Drink

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 July 1st, 2014|

A cooling, fresh drink on a hot summer day … on my rounds through the zoo. Photo by Vint Virga

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Captain Hammer

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 June 20th, 2014|

Captain Hammer sits in the old gum tree … even more enthralled with him than he is with me. Photo by Vint Virga

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2014 Nautilus Award

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 May 1st, 2014|

2014 Nautilus Award The news came while in the giraffe barn at Dallas Zoo… The Soul of All Living Creatures is a Winner of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award.

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Man’s Best Therapist

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 April 28th, 2014|

Man’s Best Therapist A wonderful review of The Soul of All Living Creatures in the latest issue of Animal Sheltering“Part animal primer, part detective tale, part existential treatise…”

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Mount Monadnock

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 April 28th, 2014|

A blast of early spring chill on Mount Monadnock this weekend. Photo by Vint Virga

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Newburyport Literary Festival

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 April 26th, 2014|

Chilling rain this weekend (and even snow in the mountains) … still a wonderful time reading at the Newburyport Literary Festival. Photo by Vint Virga

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The Crater of Haleakala

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 April 15th, 2014|

Rain and fog greeted us the day we went up to hike the crater of Haleakala. Sunshine in the canopy on the lower slopes a couple of days later. Photo by Vint Virga

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The Snow Leopard’s Realm

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 October 20th, 2013|

A Menagerie, the fall issue of Conjunctions was released today. Thrilled my piece, The Snow Leopard’s Realm, is in such masterly company.

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Joe the Owl

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:21+00:00 October 1st, 2013|

It’s been a good while since I’ve cared for a great horned owl.  Meet Joe. Sensitive. Reserved. Majestic. Photo by Vint Virga

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Who Listens to You Best?

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 September 9th, 2013|

Who listens to you best? Why would we share our secret hopes and fears with an animal more than a friend? Photo from Psychology Today Blog Back home in my office at long last! Figured out a way [...]

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Tegu’s Soul

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 August 30th, 2013|

I’m often asked in interviews how it can be certain animals have souls.  Among the reasons I offer, I try to explain how each creature with whom I work has a unique identity — their personality, temperament, what brings them [...]

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NPR’s Think with Krys Boyd

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 25th, 2013|

The podcast of my interview on Think with Krys Boyd - NPR / KERA. Hour 1:   How can the connections we forge with animals teach us about ourselves? We’ll talk this hour with veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Vint Virga, author of “The [...]

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By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 20th, 2013|

TheDodo.com, a new animal website, promises to philosophically explore our relationships with animals. I’ll be joining their founding team of bloggers. Photo form TheDodo.com  

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View From A Voce

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 11th, 2013|

What a view from A Voce while at lunch with my editor and agent! Wonderful week launching the book! Photo by Vint Virga

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Can Animals Make Us More Human?

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 10th, 2013|

Can animals make us more human? Martha Plimpton and I discuss. In this audio link, Martha Plimpton and I consider the inner lives of animals and the relationships we forge with them on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show.Is there [...]

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Psychology Today Blog Launched

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 4th, 2013|

My first Psychology Today blog post is online today. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-soul-all-living-creatures/201307/the-animal-within-us

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Hot In July

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|

The Soul of All Living Creatures made Apple’s “Hot In July” booklist!

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Real Simple

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|

A very nice item on The Soul of All Living Creatures in the latest issue of Real Simple ( July 2013, page 4 ).

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First Printing

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 June 30th, 2013|

The first printing of the book arrived today — such a good feeling to leaf through the pages with the book in my own hands. Photo by Vint Virga

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Coyote Howl

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 June 15th, 2013|

The coyotes are really howling tonight, just a few hundred yards from my window in the woods. Photo by Vint Virga

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One Month To Go…

By | 2018-01-04T19:13:22+00:00 June 1st, 2013|

On the front page of Crown … one month to go. http://crownpublishing.com/imprint/crown-publishers/

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