Animal/Human Relationships

Posted on December 4, 2017. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , |

There is a subset of Ethnobiology called Anthrozoology, and it deals with the interactions of humans and animals. Some of its areas of study are the emotional bonds between animals and people as well as how this relationship is beneficial to both. Part of this is animal assisted therapy. Animal assisted therapy has been found to be very useful in PTSD. Want to learn more? Check out some of these book!

9781602392359_p0_v2_s550x406Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate To Other Species and Why It Matters
by Janet Lembke

“Lembke challenges her readers to consider the idea that all creatures are conscious, with the ability to make choices, exercise awareness, and seek pleasure while shunning pain. Rarely has a book of natural history covered such a broad range of subjects, from the everyday bargains we make with our pets and other domestic creatures to descriptions of bungee-cord snail sex and the purpose of a honeybee’s sting.

Lembke explores the evolution of her subjects, and draws on literature and myth to paint gorgeous, wide-ranging portraits of everyday (and more unusual) encounters, such as that of a gardener and a groundhog, or a chicken egg and Augustus Caesar’s wife. This is a sensitive and timely appraisal of how we treat the creatures we share our planet with—and how we ought to. It is a book that no lover of intelligent writing about the natural world will want to miss” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780128012925_p0_v2_s550x406Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions
edited by Aubrey H. Fine, Department of Education, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA.

“In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy (AAT) into their practices, best practices in animal-assisted intervention, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations.

Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780981892948_p0_v2_s550x406Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors’ Stories of the Pets Who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited for Their Return
compiled by Susan Bulanda
“What happened to the pets that were left behind in World War II Europe, when Jewish families were torn from their homes and taken to ghettos and concentration camps, forced to leave neighborhoods, livelihoods, possessions, and the animals that loved and depended on them? Dogs and cats often faced bleak and harsh conditions but faithfully guarded the house or farm. In the dangers and privations of war, they focused on comforting and protecting their people; and when the family was taken away, they waited and watched for their return.

Most of these accounts are told by men and women who were children at the time they experienced the Holocaust. As they lost parents, siblings, and friends in the death camps, they often took comfort and courage from the beloved and loyal dogs and cats who represented happier times, and who never gave up hope” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780786886913_p0_v1_s550x406The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets To Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy
by Marty Becker, with Danelle Morton

“Pets and people have been living together for thousands of years, but as pets have moved indoors, there have been extraordinary changes in the relationship. In the last twenty years, medical research has increasingly proven the healing effect pets can have for the ill, the elderly, the stressed-out, and the emotionally disengaged. Research shows that people with pet companions have fewer doctor visits and recover more quickly from severe illnesses. In “The Healing Power of Pets,” Dr. Marty Becker, resident vet on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, shows readers how pets can prevent, detect, treat, and in some cases cure a variety of maladies, from arthritis to asthma, and from Alzheimer’s to depression. Pets decrease cardiovascular risk factors, motivate their sedentary owners to exercise, and help people deal with chronic pain” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781401310431_p0_v1_s550x406Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
by David Dosa.

“A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey. They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed.

It wasn’t long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s. But he never spends much time with them—until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient’s room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it’s time to say good-bye.

Oscar’s gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780786726790_p0_v4_s550x406Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform
text Karin Winegar; photographs by Judy Olausen; foreword by Jane Goodall; preface by Temple Grandin

“Lauded as ‘an extraordinarily poignant book’ by Jim Harrison and called “an homage to the profound power of mutual healing” and a “definitive and compassionate book” by Susan Richards (author of Chosen by a Horse), Saved is a beautifully illustrated tribute to rescued animals who have deeply affected the people who saved them. From Phil, an ailing and unemployed foster dad to an orphaned fawn, to Walt, a retired pipe fitter whose horses helped alleviate his heartache after the death of his son, the stories in Saved, as Rita Mae Brown says, ‘prove once again that love rescues us all” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780521017718_p0_v1_s550x406Companion Animals and Us: Exploring the Relationships between People and Pets
edited by Anthony L. Podberscek, Elizabeth S. Paul, James A. Serpell

“Over the past 30 years there has been a tremendous growth in interest in the multidisciplinary field of human-companion animal interactions and relationships. This is not surprising considering that pets are kept in at least half of the households in Western societies. What then, is so special about the relationships people have with their pets? Are we very different from our ancestors in the ways we feel about animals? What does pet-keeping tell us about ourselves and our relationships with people? Can pets be good for our health? Do they help promote empathy for other humans? These questions and more are explored in this book. “Companion Animals and Us” brings together some of the newest research from a wide variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, human and veterinary medicine. This book will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the human-pet relationship” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780385314282_p0_v2_s550x406When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

“From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-Kevin Purtell

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