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When Man Meets Dog

What a difference a dog makes!

Chris Blazina

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Have you ever wondered why dogs are considered, 'man's best friend?' In this book, Psychologist Dr Christopher Blazina explains the importance of the unique bond between men and dogs. There are widely-held beliefs that males naturally transition into a state of self-imposed seclusion and emotional detachment in adulthood. Even relying on another person violates the rules of being a man. When Man Meets Dog explores how the bond with animal companions bypasses many of these barriers, helping males develop into happier, healthier men. What a difference a dog can make!

It's also important to discuss the other side of attachment: loss. Again, the mixed messages men receive lead to difficulties with managing grief. When Man Meets Dog is the first book to discuss men's 'continuing bonds' with a lost animal companion. A continuing bond is a new way of reconnecting and preserving the memory of this unique connection.

When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose. Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.



Praise For When Man Meets Dog: What a difference a dog makes!

"One man's profound journey with his dogs that illuminates how men bond with their animals! A provocative and captivating book that pushed me to new places in my life with both my animal and human relationships. A book that is part personal memoir and part psychological insight into how bonds with dogs can produce special intimacies and healing in the dehumanized world we live. Dr. Blazina writes powerfully about what many dog owners feel but many times cannot verbalize. A must read for anyone who wants to more fully understand and enrich their bonds with animals." James M O'Neil, PhD - Author of Men's Gender Role Conflict: Psychological Costs, Consequences and an Agenda for Change

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"I used to think that dogs and cats were adored and admired for two reasons: their beauty and their innocence. Thanks to Dr. Blazina's wonderful book, my view has been substantially enlarged.... we look forward to future books from this sensitive and knowing author."

- Bookpleasures.com-

"One man's profound journey with his dogs that illuminates how men bond with their animals! A provocative and captivating book that pushed me to new places in my life with both my animal and human relationships. A book that is part personal memoir and part psychological insight into how bonds with dogs can produce special intimacies and healing in the dehumanized world we live. Dr. Blazina writes powerfully about what many dog owners feel but many times cannot verbalize. A must read for anyone who wants to more fully understand and enrich their bonds with animals."

- James M O'Neil, PhD - Author of Men's Gender Role Conflict: Psychological Costs, Consequences and an Agenda for Change-

"welcomes readers into the very private inner space of a truly generous man. Dr. Blazina has offered self to strangers so that we may travel with him on a pilgrimage to discover how males do relate to dogs. He raises awareness of the vital role that dogs may play in the emotional lives of men. It is a must read ... When man meets dog is the first intense scholarly study of the canine-human bond from an autobiographical male perspective. Professor Blazina is exceptionally qualified to write such a book. . His research projects have focused on men and wellness, on studying the intersection of attachment-related issues and problematic male socialization[1] and human/canine interactions. He is an eminent psychologist whose communication skills are evidenced as host and producer of the radio program The Secret Lives of Men. The evolution of this book is the culmination of a philosophical, psychological and personal exploration of maleness, dogs and the secret worlds males and dogs inhabit as they journey, as their primitive ancestors once did - through their intensely complex inner lives."

- Robyn Youl, LibrarianGeelong Obedience Dog Club-

Hubble & Hattie, 9781845848798, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2016



About the Author

Dr Chris Blazina is a psychologist, professor, and author. Specialising in men's psychology, Dr Blazina is now applying that knowledge to an in-depth understanding of 'man's best friend.' He has written three books focused on the psychology of men, and two additional books guiding researchers and clinicians about the importance of animal companions in our lives. Dr Blazina has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the United States and Canada, ranging from National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, to Sirius XM. He has been quoted in popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Women's Health, and in newspapers, such as the Huffington Post. His latest book, When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose, explaining the meaning of the human-animal bond from a male perspective. This includes sharing his own story about how two shelter dogs not only changed the trajectory of his own life, but how he redefines what it means to be a man in our society.