Animals Make Us Human

Creating the Best Life for Animals

By Temple Grandin; Catherine Johnson
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151014897, 352pp.)

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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“In Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin's special connection to animals is obvious once again, and she has written, with Catherine Johnson, a great reference for animal lovers and animal behaviorists. Like Helen Keller, the autistic author shows that having disabilities does not mean that you are an incapable human being -- rather, she proves the contrary.”
-- Rachel Olin-Levy, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


Description

The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.
In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life--on their terms, not ours.
It's usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it's how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.
Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.
This is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.




About the Author

CATHERINE JOHNSON, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals in Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons—two of whom have autism—in New York.






NPR
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009

Animal-behavior specialist Temple Grandin explains how her personal experiences with autism have in some ways enhanced her work — and shed new light on the way in which we communicate with animals. More at NPR.org

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