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Animals Make Us Human

Animals Make Us Human
Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
QL785.27 .G73 2009

The acclaimed animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin has always had an uncanny ability to go inside the minds of animals. "Autism made school and social life hard, but it made animals easy," she says. In her best-selling book Animals in Translation she used that insight to change forever the way we look at animals. Now, in Animals Make Us Human, she will change forever the way we treat them, revolutionizing our ideas about what animals want and need-on their terms, not ours.

Can a dog be happy if you have to leave him alone for most of the day? Is the lion that paces all day in the zoo miserable or just excercising? Should you train your cat? Why do gerbils dig so much? How can we keep our animals from panicking at the vet's? Drawing on almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience, Grandin answers these and countless other questions by focusing on the emotional needs all animals share. Animals have feelings, she argues, and we need to stimulate their positive emotions-seeking and play-while ensuring that they're free from the negative ones-fear, panic, and rage-if they're going to have a truly good life. With the stories and practical insights that are her hallmark, Grandin explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs, cats, horses, wildlife and farm and zoo animals, and lets us see happiness through the eyes of our animals.

Animals Make Us Human is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Quoted from dustjacket.