MAMA’S LAST HUG
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
by Frans de Waal
New York Times best-selling author Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefrontof animal research. Following up on his 2016 bestseller Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal behavior and intelligence, his new book,MAMA’S LAST HUG: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves [W. W.Norton and Company, March 12, 2019; $27.95 hardcover], delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals that is just as enlightening and provocative. Once again de Waal proves the perfect guide to the cutting-edge research that can help us understand the animal world. With dramatic stories of rats, horses, dogs, dolphins, elephants, and apes, among others, de Waal shows that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, joy, generosity, and empathy.
De Waal begins MAMA’S LAST HUG with the death of Mama, a fifty-nine-year-old chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with her caretaker, the biologist Jan van Hoof. When Mama was dying, van Hoof filmed their goodbyes and witnessed something remarkable: the emotions that Mama expressed were every bit as profound as those of van Hoof—she was sad to leave him but also recognized the sadness he felt and responded to it by comforting him.
This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument. He points to lab experiments in which rats, when given the choice between eating a cookie or helping a fellow rat in distress, will choose to help. Dogs have been known to “adopt” the injuries of their companions, pretending to limp in response to the pain experienced by their owners. Chimpanzees like Mama have such a sophisticated sense of empathy that they grasp concepts of fairness and justice and use them to great effect inside their communities. In one common experiment, chimpanzees rejected food-sharing offers that seemed unequal, even when that rejection meant the participating chimps received no food at all. This is, notably, exactly what humans do in the same experiment.
De Waal discusses a whole range of complex emotions and how they manifest themselves in physical behavior and facial expressions. Both dolphin and killer whale mothers have been known to carry along the bodies of their dead children, often for days. Bonobos have deep-belly laughs, dogs hang their heads in shame, horses roll their eyes out of fear. Elephants revisit the bones of their loved ones, sometimes years after their companion has passed away. All of these have human counterparts.
De Waal also looks at the darker side of emotional intelligence. He recounts the story of an alpha male chimpanzee who was killed by an experienced older rival and a young-up-and-coming male. The calculating manner in which the duo trapped and killed the former leader, and the brutality of the violence done to the deposed alpha male, left no doubt in de Waal’s mind that what he witnessed was a case of murder among the chimps.
Following the lead of Aristotle, who imagined animals as a sort of reacting machine, Western society has committed to the idea that there is a fundamental distinction between the emotional life of humans and all other species. This line of reasoning extends to modern thinkers like Richard Dawkins, who suggests that all signs of emotional life in animals are illusory byproducts of a deeper relentless and amoral dive to maximize genetic duplication. De Waal systematically challenges all of these outdated theories, opening our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected to each other and can form the sorts of complex bonds that last a lifetime. MAMA’S LAST HUG is one of those rare books that will transform how readers view the living world around them and will shift how they understand their own connection to a family of all living things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frans de Waal has been named one ofTIMEmagazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Theauthor of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
TITLE: MAMA’S LAST HUG
SUBTITLE: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
AUTHOR: Frans de Waal
PUB DATE: March 12, 2019
PRICE: $27.95 hardcover
PAGE COUNT: 336
- Early Praise for Mama’s Last Hug -
“A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights about the
lives of animals, including human ones.”
—Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens
“I doubt that I've ever read a book as good as Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions, because it presents in irrefutable scientific detail the very important fact that animals do have these emotions as well as the other mental features we once attributed only to people. Not only is the book exceedingly important, it's also fun to read, a real page-turner. I can't say enough good things about it except it's utterly splendid.”
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
“Before I realized Frans de Waal's connection to Mama's actual last hug, I sent the online video link to a large group of scientists saying, ‘I believe it is possible to view this interaction and be changed forever.’ Likewise, I believe that anyone reading this book will be changed forever. De Waal has spent so many decades watching intently and thinking deeply that he sees a planet that is deeper and more beautiful than almost anyone realizes. In these pages, you can acquire and share his beautiful, shockingly insightful view of life on Earth.”
—Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
“After you've read Mama's Last Hug it becomes obvious that animals have emotions. Learn how
they resemble us in many ways.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
“Frans de Waal is one of the most influential primatologists to ever walk the earth, changing the way we think of human nature by exploring its continuity with other species. He does this again in the wonderful Mama’s Last Hug, an examination of the continuum between emotion in humans and other animals. This subject is rife with groundless speculation, ideology, and badly misplaced folk intuition, and de Waal ably navigates it with deep insight, showing the ways in which our emotional lives are shared with other primates. This is an important book, wise and accessible.”
—Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
“Another fascinating book from Frans de Waal. Once again, he makes us think long and hard
about the true nature of animal emotions.”
—Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape
“Jim Colucci’s book captures all the fun of one of the most enduring series on television – and then some! I am more obsessed with The Golden Girls than ever. If I ever buy a house with a lanai, this book will be the first item I move in!”
— Lisa Lampanelli
“This marvelous book pays tribute to the talents of four remarkable women who left an indelible impression on me. You can be fabulous at any age! Thanks, Jim, for reminding us.
Golden Girls forever!”
— Jane Leeves
“I love The Golden Girls because they were the original Sex and the City girls. This book explores their amazing chemistry, and so much more.”
— Julie Chen
GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER
An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
By Jim Colucci
On sale: April 5, 2016
This spring Harper Design will publish GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (on sale: April 5, 2016; 368 pages; more than 230 color and black & white photos throughout; $35.00; ISBN: 9780062422903) by Jim Colucci, the first ever complete retrospective of the legendary TV sitcom featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.
A treasure trove of must-see, behind-the-scenes material for the millions of fans worldwide, GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER is an all-inclusive look at the beloved series, allowing readers to peer behind the cameras to trace the show’s journey from its inception to its enduring legacy with new generations.
The book also features synopses of beloved episodes; exclusive interviews with the show’s creators, actors, guest stars, producers, writers, and crew members; and a section of “Why I Love the Girls” commentary from such celebrities such as Laverne Cox, Zachary Quinto, and Perez Hilton. Also included are stills from the show, set design and costume design snapshots, and many never-before-seen photos. The result is a comprehensive depiction of The Golden Girls both in front of the cameras and backstage.
No retrospective of The Golden Girls would be complete without interviews with the stars themselves. Among GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER’s gems are exclusive and revealing interviews with stars since departed, including one of the last interviews with the famously private Bea Arthur (1922-2009) and Rue McClanahan (1934-2010). Jim Colucci’s interview with the now 94-year-old Betty White rounds out this unprecedented look at the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Colucci is a freelance entertainment writer whose work has appeared in such publications as TV Guide, Inside TV, Quick & Simple, InTouch, The Advocate, Next, and CBS’ Watch magazine, where he serves as a deputy editor. For over a decade, Jim delivered a weekly on-air report, “Must Hear TV”, as a correspondent for The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM satellite radio and wrote the authorized companion book for Will & Grace, titled Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored. Originally from Wayne, New Jersey, Jim now lives in Los Angeles and New Jersey with his husband Frank and their mischievous Boston terrier, Gabby.
GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER
An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai
By Jim Colucci
On Sale: April 5, 2016
Over 230 color and black & white photos throughout, 368 pages, $35.00
Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.
As author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.
Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
The Pet Safety Crusader’s
My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness
What Your Pet Needs YOU to Know to Save You Both
“Whether the wind blows, the ground shakes, the flames rise or snow and water fall from the skies, YOU must be prepared for your pet’s sake!” says Denise Fleck aka The Pet Safety Crusader™. “Disasters aren’t always on a regional scale. Power could go out on just your street or in only your building. A tree could fall on your roof or a water pipe could break in your home alone. Even without your neighbors being affected, your household of two-legged, four-legged, feathered, finned or scaled family members could be in distress.”
In “The Pet Safety Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” Fleck, who has personally instructed closed to 20,000 humans in animal life-saving skills and millions more on national TV segments, lays out the steps your pets need YOU to know to be READY, REACT and then RECOVER. “Training, supplies, a positive mental attitude and a plan can make all the difference,” she says. In addition to preparedness tips for humans and their animal companions, the author provides templates for your family's emergency plan, what to have on hand and skills to possess, suggestions for specific disasters ranging from earthquakes, hurricanes & chemical disasters to tsunamis, power outages and civil unrest. The book concludes with a comprehensive manual covering basic first-aid – should the worst happen – for those who walk on two-legs, four paws or hooves, fly, swim or crawl.
DENISE FLECK advised the Department of Homeland Security on their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and drafted the Animal Emergency Plan for the City of Burbank, California. She has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year, authored ten books (“The Pet Safety Bible” coming this June) and developed a line of pet first aid kits. Fleck recently relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta where she resides with her husband Paul and their canine pack. Learn more at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com.
Available on Amazon or with other items at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com.
Denise covers an extensive amount of valuable information and the organized format and easy-to-understand “ready, react, recover” steps make it a resource that all pet owners can implement. The inclusion of the first-aid basics is a real bonus. Denise has, yet again, written a must-have title for every pet owner’s bookshelf!
--Beth Stultz, Vice-President, Marketing & Operations, PET SITTERS INTERNATIONAL
A must-have for every pet parent, charity and government agency! Denise's creative and insightful PAWparedness is stellar and spot-on. Buy two - keep one at home and the other in the car.
--Lynn Molnar, Founder
You may think you understand all you need to know about pet safety, however, your eyes will be opened after reading "My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness" by Denise Fleck. This is a book to read, relish, and USE! I immediately downloaded a suggested AP on my phone, have printed the cards to carry in my wallet and feel so much better about how my pets will survive during and especially after, a disaster. Denise is an amazing expert on all things pet safety and this volume is her best yet. They say it's not IF a disaster happens, but WHEN. Read this book now so you & your pets are safe. I'm so glad I read it and I know you’ll love it too!
--Shawna Schuh, CSP
President of WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY NETWORK
THE REVOLUTION IS MEOW
From Francesco Marciuliano, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book
I Could Pee on This, comes the political cat book today’s felines (read: humans) so
desperately need. Written in the style of free-verse poetry, CLAW THE SYSTEM
(October 2018, $12.99) echoes the fears, frustrations, and concerns conjured by
today’s political climate through the mouths and typing paws of cats.
Watch the uprising unfold through anthems such as “I Need This To Stop,”
“What Do I Do with My Anger,” “How Can You Sleep?” and “A New Dawn.” Show
support for your feline friends and try to understand why they’re so spitting mad.
Wise beyond their appearance, these cats dauntlessly articulate their dread, their
anger, and their resolve, imploring humans everywhere to rise up with them.
Ultimately, CLAW THE SYSTEM is a book of action by authors who never doubt
themselves, never question their belief in what is just, and never for a moment
consider that you have a good sense of interior design as they bring down the
living room curtains.
Francesco Marciuliano is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling
book I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats as well as the bestselling
titles I Could Chew on This, I Knead My Mommy, You Need More Sleep, and I
Could Pee on This, Too. He writes the internationally syndicated daily comic
strips Sally Forth and Judge Parker in addition to his webcomic Medium Large.
He was the head writer for the twice Emmy Award-winning children’s show
SeeMore’s Playhouse and has written for the Onion News Network, Smosh, and
McSweeney’s. He also penned/typed/scrawled the play This Isn’t Working for the
New York International Fringe Festival.
Francesco has appeared in/on HuffPost, All Things Considered, SiriusXM,
BuzzFeed, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Mental
Floss, and The A.V. Club. He lives in New York City with his two cats, Kiki and
Leelo, and eventually a dog, tea cup pig, and pygmy goat, unless the co-op board
says otherwise or checks.
Rescuing Tweety or Helping Bugs Feel Better
BEFORE Veterinary Help is Available
OCTOBER 22nd, 2018…Two new books and online classes have been unveiled by Denise Fleck, the Pet Safety Crusader™, to help you help your smaller family members in the event of injury or illness and BEFORE you can get to veterinary care! “Basic Bird First Aid” and “First Aid Basics for Rabbits and Pocket Pets” provide the 4-1-1 you need to know should you share your life with or care for a bird, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, mouse or rat. The books and classes teach you how to check vitals and provide an overview into the care and basic needs for each species as well as susceptibilities to illness or injury. In addition to the books, the author has recorded two instructional webinars to help you grasp these basic skills at your own pace. After successful completion of a multiple choice and true/false exam, you will receive a certificate stating you have completed the training.
“Over the years, I have had scores of students use lessons learned in my classes to save an animal in need, and that is the best reward. Up until now that has been mostly dogs and cats, so I want to make sure humans also know how to care for our feathered as well as our tiniest furry best friends,” Fleck explains.
And besides helping pet parents, Fleck want to make sure pet sitters are true professionals continuing to up their education with certificate courses. “I also offer trainings in Dog & Cat First Aid, Senior Pet Care and Pet Disaster Preparedness because as cliché as it may sound, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and I feel it is so important that pet parents and sitters can react confidently using whatever is available at arm’s length. That could include improvising a splint, muzzle, bandage or pet transport, so being able to think on your feet comes with non-stop learning,” Fleck professes.
Having personally taught close to 20,000 humans and millions more on national TV, Fleck’s mission is to help YOU make a difference in the life of an animal through her books and courses. Denise has appeared widely on radio & TV (The Doctors, CNN Headline News, Animal Planet, Kirstie Alley's Big Life and had a weekly segment on KTLA in Los Angeles for several years), has written for pet publications/blogs and authored a dozen books. In 2018, she was named one of Pet Age Magazine's "Women of Influence," Voyage Atlanta Magazine’s “Most Inspiring Story” and won two special awards from the Cat Writers Association. With a soft spot for our older best friends, Denise serves as the President of the Grey Muzzle Organization (aiding senior dogs) and on the boards of both the Emma Zen Foundation (pet oxygen masks) and Thankful Paws (educating on proper procedures for establishing pet food banks).
Topics covered in “First Aid Basics for Rabbits & Pocket Pets” and “Basic Bird First Aid” include:
ü Attacks by Another Animals
ü Bleeding (including Blood Feathers)
ü Bone & Back Injuries
ü Breathing Difficulties & CPR
ü Dehydration & Diarrhea
ü Egg Straining
ü G.I. Stasis
ü Regurgitation vs Vomiting
Both books are available in living color on Amazon while you can learn more about and register for the online classes at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com/products/classes/
Praise for Mark Winik's Debut Novel The Dog Healers
FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine. Mark Winik’s debut novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.
In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture's ideas about female roles, plunging into the shadowy reaches of the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches. To her, money is just the means to her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill or aggressive. Isabella wields wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations, exerting a still greater spell on men.
This includes her handsome protégé Carlos, who yearns for the love Isabella shares with her dogs. But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount. Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you've got dogs at your back, you're never alone.
Mark Winik is an entrepreneur and an internationally recognized, award-winning author of The Dog Healers. His inspiration for the story struck him on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife Norma where he met a dog handler named Carlos.
Carlos taught him an Ancient Tibetan technique on his dogs called Kum Nye. This gift of healing so captivated Mark that he knew he had to write about his experience and share it with others. Since its publish, The Dog Healers was awarded 2017 Pet Novel of the Year at The New York Pet Fashion Show and has received praise from Hampton Pet’s Publisher Gregg Oehler, NYC Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, Pet Philanthropy Circle and appeared in the summer reads “Editors Picks” in New Haven Magazine.
Mark has been interviewed by Pet Life Radio’s Animal Writes with Tim Link, DogCast Radio and Top Dog Tips. Mark is also the conceptual artist for his collection of The Dog Healers cartoons in collaboration with his illustrator, Ivan Camilli, and is also working on a documentary related to the book that aims to share the stories of individuals who have overcome significant trauma or life difficulties with the support of their therapy dog. The Dog Healers Facebook page currently entertains more than 30,000 followers.
Humans of New York meets The Dogist:
Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs
CITY OF DOGS
N e w York Dogs, T h e i r N e i g h b o r h o o d s ,
a n d t h e P eo p l e W h o Lov e Them
CITY OF DOGS combines moving stories with candid
images to reveal the multifaceted relationships canine
New Yorkers have with their human counterparts.
Enlivened with striking photography, this book pays
tribute to the five boroughs and the dogs who fill them
with loyalty, love, and open-heartedness.
As joyful equalizers, dogs cut through boundaries of social
class and bring people together. Encapsulating the
character of New York and its neighborhoods, Foster and
Scott capture a wide range, including:
• Famous writer and Brooklynite
Jacqueline Woodson, whose
beloved Toffee taught her how to slow down, while her puppy, Shadow,
keeps her active.
• The dogs of Homeland Security at JFK airport in Queens, who maintain
the safety of hundreds of thousands of people traveling each day.
• The Moschellas from Staten Island, who learned to embrace surprise
with the arrival of their triplet children and two dogs.
• Will from the East Village and his corgi, Hobbes, who has taught
him unconditional love and motivates him to spend nights improving
himself professionally with online classes.
• Alex from the Bronx, who owes his sense of purpose to his pit bulls,
Luci and Max.
This perfect holiday gift book uncovers 80 dogs’ different personalities—from the
showboaters to the shy—and the owners who adore them. Bestselling writer Ken Foster and
renowned photographer Traer Scott illustrate the marvelous effect these dogs have on
their urban kingdom.
Ken Foster is the author of several books on dogs, including: The Dogs Who Found Me;
the New York Times bestseller Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found; and the
national bestseller I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's
Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet. His writing has
appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer, the San Francisco
Chronicle, Bomb, Fence, and Bark.
Traer Scott is an award-winning photographer and
author of ten books, including the bestseller Shelter Dogs
as well as Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, Finding Home:
Shelter Dogs and Their Stories and the forthcoming
Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal. Her work
is exhibited around the world and has been featured in
National Geographic, Life, Vogue, People, and O: The
Oprah Magazine, and on The New York Times’s Lens blog.
Avery, an imprint focusing on health, wellness,
cookbooks, fitness, psychology, and popular science, is
best known for publishing cutting-edge, but accessible
books from the top experts in their fields. Founded in 1976, Avery quickly established itself as the most
successful independent publisher of health books in
the market. Penguin Group (USA) acquired it as an
imprint in 1999 with a strong commitment to continue
publishing respected, up-to-the-minute books with a clear
focus on helping people make the most of their lives.
The Penguin Group (penguin.com) is a Penguin Random
CITY OF DOGS Avery • Hardcover • 9780525535164 • $20 • On Sale: October 9, 2018
s t o r i e s by K e n Fo s t e r
Photos by T ra e r S c o t t
The Souls of Animals
In this revised second edition of this celebrated book, Unitarian Universalist minister Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals: Do animals have souls? Are they aware of death and are they conscious of themselves? Do animals have an inherent capacity to recognize beauty and can they create art? Do animals experience love? Do they know right from wrong? Why do birds sing? And ultimately what do we lose in a world without animals and what does that mean for our ongoing relationship with the creatures with which we share the world?
Kowalski offers beautifully written vignettes that shed light on these questions and much more. He explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their capacity for love. By “desacrilizing” animals, Kowalski argues, we make ourselves less human. “If we are to keep our family homestead — Earth — safe for coming generations,” he writes, “we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life.” Praise for The Souls of Animals includes:
“Gary Kowalski helps us unlock the mysteries of animal spirituality. For as we have learned from the companion animals that share our lives and our homes, when we look into their eyes we see the reflection of our won humanity.”
—Kim Stallwood, Executive Director, PETA
“Gary Kowalski’s voice is one that empowers us to say in public what we have thought in private — that animals love their companions, know grief and hoy and play and create. The are truly our bothers and sisters in fur, feather and fin.”
—Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights
“This is an important book because it is so revealing of the animal soul that touches ours when we are open and receptive. In the process, our own souls are enriched.”
— Dr. Michael W. Fox, former vice president, the Humane Society of the United States
Gary Kowalski is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Burlington, VT. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School. A native of Oklahoma, he has served churches in Memphis, Tennessee, and Seattle, Washington, before moving to Burlington. He is the author of several books, including Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet, also published by New World Library.
The Souls of Animals
By Gary Kowalski · Preface by John Robbins · Foreword by Tom Regan
July 2007 · Animals · Trade Paper · B/W Photos
$14.00 · 160 pages · ISBN-10: 1-57731-590-1 · ISBN-13: 978-1-57731-590-2
Talking with Dogs and Cats:
Joining the Conversation to Improve
Behavior and Bond with Your Animalscommunication with animals
by Tim Link
Foreword by Victoria Stilwell
New Book Teaches How to Talk and Listen to Your Pet in
Order to Connect and Solve Behavioral Issues
“Communicating with our animals is one of the most important aspects of our human-animal connection, and it can also be the most fun, as demonstrated in this lively, practical book by Tim Link, Talking with Dogs and Cats. You’ll discover ways to solve common pet problems and make interacting with animals more meaningful. The perfect book to enhance our lives with these amazing creatures who share our world.”
—Marty Becker, DVM, America’s Veterinarian and the chief veterinary correspondent for Dogster
“Tim Link is the best friend any dog or cat ever had — providing an insightful, heart-warming guide to teaching us what our pets are truly thinking and feeling. The more you read it, the stronger the connection between you and man’s best friend.”
— Glenn Plaskin, bestselling author of Katie Up and Down the Hall
Animal lovers often wonder what their pet’s meow, bark, tweet, or stare means. Why the incessant meowing after Kitty has been fed, petted, and played with? Why is Fido barking up a storm or digging as if his life depended on it? Pet owners want to know, and Tim Link, an expert animal communicator, teaches readers how to find out. The author was surprised to find himself communicating with the pets of family and friends. Because Link was caught off guard by his own gift, he is adept at helping readers first hone their communication skills, using the spoken and the visual and also learning to “listen”. From there, the book focuses on particular behaviors. Unlike most training methods, Link’s approach respects the personality and feelings of animals. His methods, simple and accessible to all, facilitate the understanding that all animal lovers crave and create a back-and-forth communication that will enhance the lives of both animals and humans.
TIM LINK, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. He often works with animal-rescue organizations and lives in Cumming, Georgia. His website is www.TalkingWithDogsandCats.com
Talking with Dogs and Cats:
Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals
By Tim Link * Foreword by Victoria Stilwell
Animals * Pub Date: June 2, 2015
$14.95 * Trade Paperback/ebook * 240 pages * ISBN: 978-1-60868-322-2