I heard it on NPR the day before yesterday and almost had to pull over. Another one of those “driveway moments” that don’t happen in the driveway. House arrest allows me to drive for five minutes and i was on my way to get milk at the local country store. I didn’t get far before I heard the peculiar-sounding cadence of her voice and knew right away who it was. I missed most of the interview but found it on NPR.org. Grandin’s work is important. It brings awareness of the animals’ experience to humans who might otherwise not think of it at all. While agribusiness runs amok, and people chain their dogs in the sun, horse owners fail to provide run-in shelters and millions of other transgressions against animals occur on a daily basis, Grandin’s work might focus attention where it needs to be: on the gratitude we should all feel toward all animals, and how we as their shepherds can and should make their lives more comfortable. I’m going to order it right away.
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. Drawing 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.
Why you should adopt a black cat instead of an orange one? Do dogs need a pack leader or a poppa? And how do you to draw blood from an antelope without terrifying it? These are some of the questions author and animal advocate Temple Grandin answers in her new book, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.
You can listen to the entire Day to Day for January 6, 2009 here on NPR. Sorry, they don’t allow embedding of media.
Alex Cohen’s blog Daydreaming, also contains a wonderful entry on his attempts to apply Grandin’s methods to his own pets.
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