The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

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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, bestselling author and 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.

Bradshaw uncovers truths about humans and their relationship to pets, such as:
• The reasons people keep pets and the benefits of having them.
• Whether or not there’s a genetic component of wanting a relationship with animals.
• How the species of a pet influences the emotional aspects of the pet-owner relationship.
• Why we attribute more value to people that we perceive as “good with animals.”
• Whether or not having a pet actually improves health.

In Bradshaw’s familiar, warm voice, THE ANIMALS AMONG US demonstrates how we transformed animals into pets, and how pets have in turn transformed us.

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