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 To My Amazing Animal Loving Friends,
 
 The Southern California fires are out of control! We are in need of Emergency Donations to help rescue and save precious lives. The shelters are overfilled and need room to make space for the strays and victims of the high winds and fires. We have already pulled 11 shelter dogs so far and need your help! To make a much needed donation, please click the Donate button below. Nothing is too small or too large. Please help!
 
This year has gone by so quickly. There was so much hope and promise and then suddenly so many shocking events happened that changed thousands of people's lives without warning. We all stand together as loving people that want the world to be a better, kinder place and yet it has been a rocky road and challenged all of us in so many different ways. 
 The one thing we all hold in common is love for animals and trying to make a difference. The challenge becomes more difficult every year. I haven't given up faith. I can't. I need your support to help me to help the animals through these troubled times. 
 Our financial situation has been challenging all year long no matter how hard I work and reach out. I do this job 24/7. I take nothing for myself but I shepherd the animals every step of the way from morning till night. 
 In lieu of holiday cards this year we are doing emails and using electronic media to reach out to those we love and set a path for the future. 
 We all know spay and neuter is a necessity, due to the crisis of pet overpopulation in our country. Maybe now with all the storms that have changed the course of these animals' and humans' lives, the government will start to understand and we can make headway in 2018. 
 My heart has not stopped thinking about Houston. We have actually saved several animals through friends of ours that live down in Houston. These were pets that once had a home and found themselves as strays out on the street, lost and asking for compassion, food and would love a new home. 
 The environmental impact the storm had caused many skin conditions down there and we've tried to reach out and help those to help the animals that are fighting new issues due to toxins in their bodies from the storms. Florida, Puerto Rico, I don't even know how they could've been left in such a tragic way when they are our brothers and sisters.  I think of them every day. 
 Being in the middle of the fires and California burning is both devastating and shocking, and knowing the thousands of humans and animals that are now homeless is heartbreaking. Caring, loving, compassionate people are losing everything they've ever known in their lives. The animals depend on humans to find them safety and that is our job to help the homeless pets that have lost their families and need rescues to help them find a new loving, forever, home.
 We rescue from shelters every week. We are not sure people realize the hard work we do. We give veterinarian care, training and mend they're broken hearts. We put them back together and find loving people to adopt them and give them everything they deserve! 
 We currently have 11 already rescued and at the veterinarian for spay, neuter and medical care! We are working with the shelters during these tragedies to figure out how to relieve their stress so they can help the strays coming in from the fires. Then the rescuers must step in again. It's time consuming, expensive and exhausting!
Please help me to help them! That's all I can ask from the bottom of my heart! The tragedies are all over the news and for those that don't look at the pets in the shelters it is simply heartbreaking every single day. Their lives are on the line for no reason other than bad humans and the loss of their homes. 
  We've uncovered a lot truths with the backyard breeders being allowed to take their pets back from shelters, to continue to breed them again, without even being slapped on the wrist. We have confirmation of breeders abandoning their dogs to the streets, to fend for themselves, after they've bred them over and over. All of this will be brought to light in 2018. 
 Please, please, please donate today and help me to help them. I must ask for financial aid during this crisis in California. I'm asking from the bottom my heart! Also, don't forget all the hard work we do for cancer prevention - it is working!  Help support me in this hard and expensive work that is proving to give people more time when their pets may be diagnosed with this tragic life-threatening illness. 
 Many thanks!
 With Love and Prayers of safety for your family and your pets!
 Linda Blair 

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Nzymes isstaple company in our cancer prevention work and highly recommended pet care for you and all your companion animals. I use it on all our rescue dogs and have seen the most miraculous results. As a Holiday gift,
Nzymes will be donating $3.00 to the LBWF rescued dogs for every Christmas Kit and Peanuts-Pak sold. 
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If you are looking for a perfect Holiday gift for your furry loved one, check out Chewy.com! They have a great assortment of toys, treats, collars, beds, and much more! Place your first order today and Chewy will donate $20 to the LBWF rescued dogs. Click the picture to get started!
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Dear Jon,

Are you ready for a new year of Doris? Once again, we have signed copies of the official Doris Day calendar up for auction on eBay. For 2018, we have only seven signed calendars available, so click here to bid now.

These calendars, in the special collector’s A3 size (12" x 17"), have been personally hand-signed by Doris Day. And, as always, all proceeds will benefit DDAF, so please bid generously.

All images featured in this year's calendar were professionally scanned and restored from original photographic prints, transparencies or negatives.

This auction will run for seven days, so be sure to watch the bidding carefully. Click here now to get in on the fun!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

The DDAF Team

 

Iconic dog show host and award-winning author receives highest honor

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the DWAA Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.

“I am truly humbled by this honor given to me by my peers and colleagues and friends,” Frei said. “To be a part of this collection of great and talented people who are already inductees is truly special. I know that I share with them the great fortune of having wonderful dogs making my life better every single day. I thank the Dog Writers Association of America for including me.”

Being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame is the latest of Frei’s many career accomplishments. New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”

As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show – more than 25 million viewers in 2017. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC/USA as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted on Easter in 2017.

Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television, including "Today," “NBC Nightly News,” "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The View”, Martha Stewart," and more. The dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” competition.

A breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His dog, Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who, was the top Afghan Hound in the country in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. As a judge, he has officiated at shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China. 

But David’s true passion comes from the work that his dogs have been doing as therapy dogs at places such as the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (where his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, were the first therapy dogs ever allowed into these facilities), and at New York’s VA Medical Center. After Teigh and Belle passed, David’s Cavalier, Angel, and his Brittany, Grace, took over for them at many New York facilities.

While at Westminster, he created a charitable activity, Angel On A Leash, to support a therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places, expanding nationwide and receiving many honors for its wonderful accomplishments.

David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named after the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, and was the 2012 winner of a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award as best depiction of the human-animal bond. David was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side in 2002. Also a DWAA Maxwell winner, it tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic Golden Retriever service dog. David’s third book, about his years at Westminster, is underway.

He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with awards from the DWAA (its AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers (the Stonehenge Award), and Purina (Better with Pets Award).   

Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.”

He has been honored for his work with Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations. He is a past board member for Take The Lead and Morris Animal Foundation, and a past member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. He has also been recognized for his volunteer efforts with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for many years.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, David lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own PR agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 2016, and now works as a consultant for NBC Sports. Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. 

“David Frei is such an inspiration to the dog-writing community,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA’s president. “He is beloved not just by writers, but by dog lovers across the country and world. We’re thrilled to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor, which he so richly deserves.”

For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR GREG KINCAID RETURNS WITH A MCCRAY FAMILY STORY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

NOELLE

A Novel

By Gregory Kincaid

Greg Kincaid’s New York Times bestselling book, A Dog Named Christmas (2008), became a sleeper hit in the fall of 2009 when it was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie. And his two follow-up books, Christmas with Tucker (2010) and A Christmas Home (2012), have touched the lives of many across the country. For the first time in five years, Kincaid takes us back to rural Kansas in NOELLE (Convergent; Hardcover, $16.99, October 24, 2017), a story about the power of family, and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

It’s Christmas in Crossing Trails, Kansas, and three families, each facing different challenges, are struggling to get through the holiday season.

When schoolteacher Mary Ann McCray unintentionally volunteers to redefine Christmas by playing the part of “Anna” Clause, she never thought she would unseat Santa. Her usually stalwart husband, George, and the town question her take on this most cherished of traditions. Meanwhile, Mary Ann’s former students Abbey and her husband, Link, decide to divorce, turning their young children’s lives upside down. Finally, Mary Ann and George’s son, Todd, is at a crossroads with his girlfriend, Laura, as he starts a new job at the city’s animal shelter. There, Todd works with the incorrigible Elle, an oddly shaped dervish of a dog that Todd stubbornly tries to train as a service dog. However lovable, Elle has a hard time staying out of trouble, and the refrain “No, Elle! No, Elle!” is often heard throughout town.

As Christmas quickly approaches, the lives of these families will intersect in unexpected ways—old relationships will be redefined and new friendships forged. And surprising news guarantees that one family’s collective life will be changed forever.

Throughout the story, Kincaid tackles the real-life challenges with family and marriage. As a divorce mediator, Kincaid deals firsthand with marital issues, and in particular the impact of divorce on children. Kincaid also sheds light on a second timely subject: Rudolph, Frosty, Santa, the Grinch—are all men. As he wonders why women are excluded from holiday stories, Kincaid brings Mrs. Clause back to the forefront. Here, Kincaid presents a holiday character that interjects a fresh approach as a woman who stands up for her beliefs against others who may question her motives and abilities.

ABOUT THE BOOK

NOELLE

A Novel

By Gregory Kincaid

Convergent • On-Sale Date: October 24th, 2017

Hardcover • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 978-1-5247-6119-6

www.crownpublishing.com

About the Author

GREG KINCAID is a practicing lawyer in Kansas who helped to start the Changing Lives Through Literature Program in Kansas. He is also involved in pet advocacy and the mentoring of young people. The father of five children, he lives in Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife and two dogs.


Find out more at GregKincaid.com


 

-Funds donated to help animal organizations with disaster relief efforts-

New York, NYIn support of the people and pets affected by the recent natural disasters around the country, the AKC Humane Fund has donated $40,000, through its “Sandy Fund,” to four separate animal organizations.  The donations of $10,000 each were made to The Sato Project, The Houston SPCA, Napa Humane, Sonoma Humane Society.

The AKC Humane Fund’s “Sandy Fund” allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster and in the aftermath.

“The recent natural disasters have left several animal organizations with significant needs to keep pets housed and safe,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund.  “These four organizations have been working diligently to protect the welfare of pets during these disasters. We at the AKC Humane Fund, will continue to do everything we can to support relief efforts in the aftermath of these events.”

The Sato Project

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. They have rescued over 1,600 dogs, rehabilitated them to the highest veterinary standard possible, and found them loving homes.  In 2016, they launched an ambitious Spay, Neuter, Vaccine, and Microchip program and are working to bring systemic change to Puerto Rico through education and partnerships on the Island. Following Hurricane Maria, the Sato Project is mobilizing to provide supplies and support to their team on the ground in Puerto Rico, and to transport as many dogs as they can to safety in the coming days and weeks.

Houston SPCA

The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Their mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. They provide the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast area. The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region.

Napa Humane

Napa Humane, recognizing the need for a higher standard of animal care in Napa County, worked closely with municipal animal services agency to advocate for better treatment of homeless animals in their care. Napa Humane believes that the answer to the problem of homeless, abandoned, and neglected companion animals lies in changing attitudes and practices that lead to irresponsible pet ownership. Their programs and services are designed to address the needs of companion animals – but also to provide support, education, and assistance for the people who care for and about them.

Sonoma Humane Society

Serving the community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals. They are dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love. The animals in their care receive medical treatment, training services, and adoption assistance. Most recently, they assisted during the devastating wildfires in California.

To donate to the AKC Humane Fund’s Sandy Fund or any other programs, visit www.akchumanefund.org.

Talkin' Pets News

November 18, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Celebrate the National Dog Show and Help raise Funds for Hurricane Relief, Emmy Award Host & Executive Producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Andy Cohen joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 520pm EST to encourage dog owners to join Purina's #DogThanking

Scott Graves, Director of The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 630pm EST to discuss efforts to recover Florida's coral reef following hurricane damage

Nashville's Paul Bogart will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/18/17 at 730pm EST to discuss and give away his latest music CD, Leather, and his competitive life in "Heeling"

Founder's Story

chris derose

For over three decades, Chris DeRose has been a leader in the animal rights movement, and an inspiration and consultant to countless individuals and groups dedicated to the animal cause. In 1984, he founded Last Chance for Animals (LCA), an international, nonprofit animal advocacy organization focused on investigating, exposing, and ending animal exploitation.

Chris had a promising future as an actor, a profession he eventually turned his back on; instead he chose to devote 100% of his time to saving animals and educating people about animal abuse. For ten years, using the power of the media, he worked as a reporter and special correspondent for TV’s Hard Copy. By the time Hard Copy left the air in 1999, Chris had contributed to more than 150 animal stories on the show that reached millions of people.

Since his youth in New Jersey, Chris has committed his life to ending oppression – wherever he finds it. As a Big Brother to street kids, he supported and encouraged a number of young men who, as a result, have built better lives for themselves. Through his experience as a police officer, Chris gained the necessary skills to investigate criminal activity, pursue the perpetrators, and see them brought to justice. He organized the Los Angeles Sunset Green Party, aimed at combining environmental and animal issues, and founded a spay/neuter program called New Hope for Animals.

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Chris has fought all of his battles non-violently and has spent time in jail, including solitary confinement, for his peaceful actions. One tactic that rocked the foundation of animal experimentation was a daring daytime break-in at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, documented by a film crew that showed the shocking truth of animal “research.” This first ever live-action footage clearly demonstrated that animal rights activists do not fabricate laboratory horrors, as they had been accused of for years. The 1988 UCLA break-in footage aired around the world on CNN and on the national television show 48 Hours.

Chris was also the driving force behind the first animal rights television show designed for the mainstream public, Hollywood Animal Crusaders, which aired nine times in 1999 on the cable channel Animal Planet. This remarkable achievement opened the door for other shows that introduced animal rights into American homes.

Through his investigative work, Chris and LCA gathered evidence that resulted in the nation’s first state prison sentences for multiple-count animal cruelty cases. He spearheaded an undercover investigation and won a lawsuit against the Gettysburg National Park Service to halt the slaughter of deer in national parks. LCA’s frontline campaign to save the Coulston primates came to fruition in 2002, when the Coulston Foundation shut its doors for good after years of total disregard for the lives and welfare of the primates in its care.

In August 2003, LCA’s 15-year investigation of Class “B” animal dealers cumulated in the bust of C. C. Baird, America’s largest and most notorious Class “B” dealer. Baird’s license was permanently revoked and he received the largest fine ever imposed by the USDA. This was the largest multi-agency investigation (federal, state and local) on any animal issue in U.S. history. The 2006 HBO America Undercover’s documentary Dealing Dogs, profiles this groundbreaking undercover investigation into the world of pet theft.

In September 2006, Chris DeRose played Mob Boss Joey Gamarra in Desire, the premiere show of MyNetworkTv. This nightly primetime drama gave Chris the chance to reach a whole new audience and recruit a new generation of animal activists.

In 1997, Chris released his autobiography, In Your Face, reporting on his life and his values on compassion. The book was the final achievement that earned him the prestigious Courage of Conscience International Peace Award – an honor he shares with previous award winners Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


chris arrestChris DeRose - court surrender to 1987 UCLA take over of Head of Medical Researchers office.

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“I think the concept of Dogtology is as fresh and unique as Chicken Soup for the Soul was two decades ago.” —Jack Canfield, cocreator, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
DOGTOLOGY
A Humorous ExplorAtion of mAn’s fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By JEFF LAZARUS
Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe . . . a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that’s why so many millions believe in Dog. Man’s devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone way beyond a hobby.
We may not literally worship dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: Dogtology. Dogtology is for the dog lover who has bailed on a date because they didn’t want Twinkles to be left home alone. It is for the human whose dog owns a more festive holiday wardrobe than they do, whose pups dine on free-range bison burgers while they live off ramen, or whose smartphones have more photos of their dog than of the humans in their family. In this sacred dogtrine, the case is made that Dogtology has become a bone-a-fide belief system on par with the world’s great philosophies and religions.
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PUBLISHING
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11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Dogtology
A Humorous Exploration of Man’s Fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2644-4 ǀ $14.99

 

Catakism
A humorous purr-spective on humankind’s obsession with cats
By JEFF LAZARUS
Does your cat own you? What has caused us to enthrone cats as the most popular pet on the planet? Why do we devote so much of our time and income to grooming, feeding, coddling, photographing, praising, providing laps for, and “entertaining” our cats? If an anthropologist from outer space were to study our civilization objectively, would she not conclude that our devotion to Cat amounted to nothing less than a full-blown religion? Would she be wrong?
Catakism, the belief system, is rooted in a bold premise: namely, that felines are humanity’s biological and spiritual masters. By allowing Man to handle all of Her low-level needs, Cat is free to do the higher-level spiritual work that Man has no time for, such as meditating seventeen hours a day, teleporting into locked rooms and cabinets, communing with disembodied spirits, and reeducating humanity on the true purpose of boxes, bags, and keyboards.
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He
SKYHORSE
PUBLISHING
307 West 36th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Catakism
A Humorous Purr-spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2645-1 ǀ $14.99

 Talkin' Pets News
November 4, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Emergency Animal Services
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests -Author John Bradshaw will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/04/2017 at 5pm EST live from England to discuss and give away his new book "The Animals Among Us" How Pets Make Us Human
Cara Santa Maria, journalist and science communicator, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/4/2017 at 630pm EST to discuss "The Secret World of Animal Sleep on Smithsonian Earth
ADI General Counsel, Christina Scaringe, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/04/17 at 721pm EST to discuss their victory of exotic cats dropped from Dirk Arthur show in Las Vegas
 

To say that John Bradshaw knows animals would be a colossal understatement. Bradshaw is the Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and is at the forefront of canine and feline behavioral science. He’s published widely on topics such as separation disorders in dogs, the welfare of kenneled dogs, the interpretation of “play” behavior in cats and dogs, and the effects of human behavior on cat population dynamics. And last, but certainly not least, he is the bestselling author of Dog Sense (“a wonderfully informative, quietly passionate book” according to the Economist); Cat Sense (which NPR Books praised for being an “indispensable addition to the cat-lore canon”); and The Trainable Cat (called “genius” by the New York Times Book Review).

Now, Basic Books is proud to present Bradshaw’s magnum opus, THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Us Human (October 31, 2017). Today, most of the animals we share our life with are our companions, not the working animals of the past. But why have we given up the potential labor and utility of these animals for pets that we can cuddle and feature on Instagram? Bradshaw explains that pet-keeping isn’t a new human behavior nor is it a meaningless one. Instead, pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature.

Bradshaw and his work have been featured on everything from MSNBC to Fresh Air to the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Catster, and the Bark. He is aptly suited to explain why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human.

“Bradshaw’s…gentle warmth and intelligence make the book enjoyable. A sound introduction to a relatively new area of study, both for those who share their households with animals and those who never would.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“I read everything John Bradshaw writes. He is the professor you always wish you’d had: knowledgeable yet approachable, engaged and engaging. If you are in any way interested in the underpinnings of the human-animal relationship, this is the book for your bookshelf.”

—Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

THE ANIMALS AMONG US

How Pets Make Us Human

By John Bradshaw

We all know the old saying “A house is not a home without a pet.” As modern humans, we seem to have taken this statement to heart. In the past century alone there has been a massive surge in pet ownership—over 50% of American households have at least one pet, and $50 billion is spent every year on food, toys, and care for pets. The majority of these animals, who once worked for their keep as herders, guard dogs, or rat catchers, are now kept purely for companionship while appearing to reciprocate with little besides their devotion. Why do we continue to care for, and love, so many seemingly functionless creatures?

In THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Human (Basic Books, October 31, 2017), leading scholar and researcherJohn Bradshaw answers the question, “Why do we keep pets?” Keeping pets isn’t a new phenomenon, of course—evidence shows that humans and animals have enjoyed a special relationship dating as far back as 100,000 years ago with the first ritual burial of animals. Fast forward to today, and “we don’t simply feel the urge to keep pets; we seem to want to believe that they provide some kind of elixir that will allow us to lead more fulfilling lives,” Bradshaw says. “Over the past half century or so, our relationships with animals have become more complex and thus more difficult to disentangle.”

Drawing on the latest research in biology and psychology, as well as fields as diverse as robotics and anthropology, Bradshaw goes on to explain how having pets is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. He walks us through the long process by which humans and animals evolved from “hunter” and “prey” to becoming the best of friends, detailing the different phases of our relationship:

  • Phase 1: We develop the ability to take on an animal’s perspective—in other words, anthropomorphizing animals and imaging what they might be thinking and feeling. This was a valuable skill during the hunter-gatherer days when we needed to gain the upper hand on our prey (i.e. “if I were a turtle, where would I hide my eggs?”). Subsequently, societies that were able to domesticate animals began to thrive at the expense of those who could not and were condemned to relying upon hunting alone to supply their protein.
  • Phase 2: Anthropomorphization leads to our ancestors adopting the wild species with which they now emotionally identify. A few key species—starting with the dog sometime between 30,000 and 15,000 years ago—are domesticated to serve as pets. Our ancestors latched onto dogs, for example, because their specific skills benefited their keepers. And one of those skills was providing companionship.
  • Phase 3: Mass adoption of domesticated animals as companions, not workers, begins. By this point, anthromorphizing led to us interacting with animals and providing care for them. This meant we gained a capacity to feel affection for the animals in our care, which in turn resulted in us keeping pets. While this practice dates back to the second phase, it increases as economic mobility increases (i.e. pets can be kept purely as pets and don’t have to earn their keep), and it explodes during the twentieth century.

But the question still remains—why do we continue to keep pets as companions when doing so means we are increasing our monthly bills without getting the labor in return that we used to get? To fully understand our love for our pets, Bradshaw maintains that we must turn to four characteristics of human nature that have helped to bind us to animals—the “cute response” (our brains’ hardwiring drives us to take care of anything we think of as babyish or cute); the bonding factor of stroking (petting animals provides tactile pleasure and releases dopamine and endorphins which calm us); the reward system (humans are the only mammals who seem to find nurturing to be a fulfilling act in itself); and the aforementioned ability to anthromorphize—which has helped us to consider animals as “one of the family.”

In THE ANIMALS AMONG US Bradshaw shows us how animals have played a major role in the development of our species—first, as important sources of protein, and then, after domestication, as food, currency, and lastly as beloved family units. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves. As Bradshaw explains, “culturally, animals have always been important to us…All this suggests that our interactions with animals may have shaped the structure of our brains—the organ that distinguishes us most from all other mammals. If this is true, pet keeping may be a habit that our basic humanity will not allow us to give up.”

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. Follow on Twitter @petsandus.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Us Human

By John Bradshaw

Published by Basic Books

Publication date: October 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-465-06481-6 · E-book ISBN: 978-0-465-09315-1 · $28.00 / $36.50 CAN · Hardcover · 384 pages


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