Filled with illustrations reflecting the whimsy, the devotion, and the commerce that have shaped centuries of American pet keeping, a portrait of Americans' relationships with animals shows how the history of pets has evolved alongside changing ideas about human nature, child development, and community life.
For fans of Press Here, this new interactive picture book line invites readers to touch and move and "play" with the book. Hello, friend! It's time to play! We're taking care of pets today. There are lots of ways little hands can care for animals. Each page of this book invites readers to pet the cat, wash the puppy, brush the horse's mane, and more--no animals required! With a delightful rhyming text and engaging illustrations, this book is full of pets who can't wait to play. The only thing they need is YOU! Just use your imagination, turn the pages, and Pet This Book! Pair with Play This Book, another title in this young picture book line that comes printed on heavy-duty card stock pages to stand up to all kinds of play!
Since the first edition of Between Pets and People in 1983, the authors' then-startling contention that pets benefit our mental and physical health has found wide acceptance. Evidence in our daily lives - in television pet food ads, in doctor's offices outfitted with aquaria - attests to how widely the belief in pets' therapeutic influence is now held. This revised edition of Between Pets and People, with additional data and case studies and expanded references - including a listing of Internet resources - and a foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, analyzes the surprisingly complex relationships we have with our pets. This book contains an important lesson for everyone - to accept ourselves and others in the uncritical way that pets accept us, and come to terms with our own animal nature.
This major work summarizes the recent research and findings on the interactions of pets and their owners and the social and emotional benefits that may be derived by families who have pets. Social and health scientists explore the pervasiveness of the animal/human bond and the high prevalence of pets in U.S. households, including pets and children, pets and the elderly, pets as factors of stability and instability in family relationships, and pets as therapy for ill, grieving, and disabled family members. With this carefully researched book, researchers and family health professionals can better understand the complexities of family/animal interaction and can pursue further study into this increasingly important subject in contemporary society.
Behavior of Exotic Pets is the first book on the subject to be written by behavioral experts, all with a wealth of practical experience. The book is divided into chapters devoted to particular species or groups of species commonly kept as exotic pets. The normal behavior for each group of animals is explained, including reproduction, parenting, communication and social behavior. The animals' environmental needs based on their behavior are covered to enable owners to provide better husbandry and avoid potential behavioral problems. Descriptions of common behavioral problems are included, with practical recommendations for their treatment or management. This text is essential for any veterinar...
'When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?' - Michel de Montaigne. Why do we live with pets? Is there something more to our relationship with them than simply companionship? What is it we look for in our pets and what does this say about us as human beings? In this fascinating book, Erica Fudge explores the nature of this most complex of relationships and the difficulties of knowing what it is that one is living with when one chooses to share a home with an animal. Fudge argues that our capacity for compassion and ability to live alongside others is evident in our relationships with our pets, those paradoxical creatures who give us a sense of com...
Margrit Coates is an internationally acclaimed animal healer and communicator. In Angel Pets, she reveals how animals talk to us all the time and shares their incredible true stories. Meet Rusty, the lost dog whom Margrit guided home using the psychic connection between them; Mitzi, the brave little cat who made the greatest sacrifice; Twinkle, the determined rabbit who saved a girl's life; Gypsy, the sheepdog with special healing powers; Freddy's friend, the demon cat who was really an angel in disguise, and many, many more wonderful animals. Through these amazing stories, Margrit answers the question that every pet owner will have asked themselves: what is my pet really thinking? Offering helpful tips, she unlocks the secret of tuning into and connecting with pets at the very deepest level. A heartwarming read, this book will change the way you relate to animals forever.
This book was written by a person deeply in love with pets. A long-time pet-owner and dedicated pet-lover, Barbara has compiled a comprehensive overview of pet-related information that includes choosing a pet, caring for that pet, and developing plans for the pet's future. The pages are filled with enlightening data such as a cost overview of owning a pet, an invaluable section on pet first aid, and an equally important chapter on toxins. With editorial help from an impressive group of experienced veterinary and human-pet animal bonding professionals, this book is a MUST for persons planning to add a pet to their life as well as a concise resource for those who already have a pet. The addition of forms meant to be copied and used by the reader are an invaluable resource!