The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

by John Bradshaw


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465064816
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 402,012
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Cat Sense and Dog Sense and coauthor of The Trainable Cat. He lives in Southampton, England.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Conventions xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Pets, Ancient … 23

Chapter 2 … and Modern 51

Chapter 3 Pets-the Healthy Option? 75

Chapter 4 "We Got the Dog for the Kids" 107

Chapter 5 One of the Family? 127

Chapter 6 Imaginary Animals: Why Our Brains Search Relentlessly for Life 151

Chapter 7 How Cute Is That?! 181

Chapter 8 Friends Forever-but What's the Payoff? 203

Chapter 9 A Walk on the Wild Side … 225

Chapter 10 … and Back Again 251

Chapter 11 So, Why Pets? 267

Conclusion Animals Maketh Man 289

Acknowledgments 311

Further Reading 313

Notes 315

Index 353

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