The animals among us how pets make us human

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The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human by John Bradshaw


The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human

Pets have never been more popular. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both. This is a huge change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past.

In The Animals Among Us, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

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The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. Pets have never been more popular. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both. This is a huge change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past.

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This book approaches the question of what draws humans to keep pets from a scientific viewpoint, so if you want to read that we adopt dogs and are adopted by cats because they are warm and fuzzy, this Readers expecting this to be one of those books that takes three hundred plus pages to basically tell us that pets make our lives better will be disappointed by this book. - The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. In this highly original and hugely enjoyable work, John Bradshaw examines modern humans' often contradictory relationship with the animal world.

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Alison talked about her life primarily with reference to them — and only incidentally to any humans she may have nurtured. Yet at the climax of my terrier infatuation, I would have cheerfully smacked any human who dared to censure my beloved furry baby, and was at a loss to explain my feelings. Bradshaw is one of the pioneers of the emergent field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal interactions, whose previous books include In Defence of Dogs a beautifully tendentious title , which, unsurprisingly, spent a considerable time on the bestsellers list — because we love books about dogs more than we love books about each other. And not just about dogs; the bizarre phenomenon that is A Street Cat Named Bob should make us all reflect on how it is that a semi-wild predatory carnivore, who would cheerfully lunch on your face if you dropped dead before you had the opportunity to open his can of Whiskas, is nonetheless welcome in the very bosom of a fifth of British households. Contact with animals — mostly, but not exclusively domesticated — is also increasingly portrayed as a physical catholicon, as well as a psychic balm. Besides, he points out that the conflicts occasioned by pet-keeping are also stressful enough to counteract any notional health benefits — so just why do we expend so much time, energy and love on these increasingly unproductive members of our society? And why is this expenditure itself increasing?

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