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

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...thank you John Bradshaw, of Bristol University’s school of veterinary science, for disentangling my confused feelings. Bradshaw is one of the pioneers of the emergent field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal interactions...
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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.

 

About John Bradshaw

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John Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Cat Senseand Dog Sense and coauthor of The Trainable Cat. He lives in Southampton, England.
 
Published October 31, 2017 by Basic Books.
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on Oct 17 2017

While the text sometimes drifts into repetition, and many of Bradshaw’s points will already be familiar to readers, his gentle warmth and intelligence make the book enjoyable.

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Reviewed by Will Self on Sep 20 2017

...thank you John Bradshaw, of Bristol University’s school of veterinary science, for disentangling my confused feelings. Bradshaw is one of the pioneers of the emergent field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal interactions...

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Reviewed by Claire Hazelton on Sep 17 2017

While clumsily written at times, this is an enjoyable celebration of pets that, through its exploration of the uses, treatment rights and status of pets, shines a light on the behaviour and psychology of not only the animals, but also their owners.

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