Human-animal Relationships
Chakra Animals: Discover Your Connection to Wisdom of the Natural World
Chakra Animals
Discover Your Connection to Wisdom of the Natural World
Paperback      ISBN: 0738759597

"Chakra Animals is insightful, informative, and extremely readable. Angelica Stuart's love of the subject, and her readers, is obvious on every page."--Richard Webster, author of Is Your Pet Psychic? and Living in Your Soul's Light

Bathe Your Soul in the Ethereal Energy of the Animal-Spirit Realm

The animals of the world are filled with insights and lessons for their human friends. Chakra Animals shares the chakra wisdom of fifty familiar North American animals to support you in making changes in your life, especially in areas where you may be struggling. Developing your connection to the animals that you resonate with is an important and fun activity that enhances your spirituality and sense of wellness, for example:

Call on the turtle in the heart chakra for those times you need support opening your heart and emerging from your shell.

If you connect to bear and the heart chakra, it may mean you need to climb into a warm and cozy den for a period of healing and rejuvenation.

Work with the butterfly in the crown chakra when journeying into higher realms of consciousness and reconnecting with the beauty you find there.

In this book, you will discover chakra interpretations for each of the seven chakras for all fifty animals--350 bite-sized bits of chakra wisdom in all These insights will help you focus on specific goals that are important to you and they will help you remove inner blocks that may be holding you back. You will also discover tips and techniques for integrating the chakra wisdom into your life and stories of personal transformation to help you process the profound guidance the animals share with you.

Praise:

"Angelica Stuart's Chakra Animals stands out among contemporary intuitive, oracular, and divinatory tools. Its images are of animals and it speaks of their sacred power in the very energy centers that translate light to form: the Chakras."--Orion Foxwood, author of The Faery Teachings

"We humans love to ally ourselves with other animals, and Chakra Animals allows us to internalize the energies of fifty different beings while using the seven primary chakras as a road map. Angelica Stuart provides an introduction to these valuable relationships, helping the reader to understand some of the ways in which the animals can guide us through personal growth and spiritual development."--Lupa, author of New Paths to Animal Totems

The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World: Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet
The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World
Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet
Paperback      ISBN: 1250153255

"This book belongs on every animal lover's shelf--and it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray " --Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World is the inspiring, accessible, and empowering book for everyone who loves animals and wants to live a more animal-friendly life, even if they aren't ready to join a movement or give up bacon.

With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, wildlife is going extinct at the fastest rate since the dinosaurs. Three to four million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year; billions of chickens, pigs, and cows are killed for food; and countless animals are killed in research labs or their habitat. The numbers are daunting, but there's good news too Even one person truly can make a difference without breaking the bank.

With Stephanie Feldstein's straightforward and encouraging guidance, readers will learn how to take action to create a better world for the animals we love. It starts with changes as simple as taking a shorter shower, skipping meat once a week, wearing "this" not "that," and extends all the way to online activism and politics.

The animals need us; so let's get on with some world changing

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Inside of a Dog
What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Paperback      ISBN: 1416583432

The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs' perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What's it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What's it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?

Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising--once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also contains up-to-the-minute research--on dogs' detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention--that Horowitz puts into useful context. Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
Elephant Company
The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
Paperback      ISBN: 0812981650
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

The remarkable story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world's largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill

In 1920, Billy Williams came to colonial Burma as a "forest man" for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence and character of the great animals who hauled logs through the jungle, he became a gifted "elephant wallah." In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams's growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude.

Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Force 136 and operated behind enemy lines. His war elephants carried supplies, helped build bridges, and transported the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced their most perilous test. Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Part biography, part war epic, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.

Praise for Elephant Company

"This book is about far more than just the war, or even elephants. This is the story of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species. . . . Elephant Company is nothing less than a sweeping tale, masterfully written."--Sara Gruen, The New York Times Book Review

"Splendid . . . Blending biography, history, and wildlife biology, Vicki Constantine] Croke's story is an often moving account of Billy] Williams, who earned the sobriquet 'Elephant Bill, ' and his unusual bond with the largest land mammals on earth."--The Boston Globe

"Some of the biggest heroes of World War II were even bigger than you thought. . . . You may never call the lion the king of the jungle again."--New York Post

"Vicki Constantine Croke delivers an exciting tale of this elephant whisperer-cum-war hero, while beautifully reminding us of the enduring bonds between animals and humans."--Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time
Being a Dog: The World from Your Dog's Point of View
Being a Dog
The World from Your Dog's Point of View
Paperback      ISBN: 1770858210

Dogs and humans have lived together for more than 30,000 years, becoming closer and more interdependent over time. Today, there are dogs in almost 50 percent of American households. This book is not about anthropomorphizing dogs. They are not human. But science is confirming what dog people have always known.

Uniquely written from a dog's perspective, Being a Dog is the most authoritative and current book about dog behavior and cognition. It combines the latest scientific research with enlightening illustrations to give a unique insight into a dog's world. What does it feel like to be a dog? How does a dog view other dogs, other animals, humans? How does a dog see itself? What makes a dog happy or excited, scared or angry?

Some of the exciting discoveries in the book are:

  • dogs make use of the "lovers' hormone," Oxytocin
  • dogs love us and see us as their family
  • dogs rely on humans for affection, protection and everything else
  • dogs are the only non-primate animal to look people in the eyes; in fact, they seek out eye contact
  • dogs are hopelessly devoted to humans, prioritizing the scent of humans over anything else
  • dogs and humans process emotionally laden vocal sounds similarly
  • dogs are physically wired to pick up on humans' subtle mood changes
  • dogs do not have a sense of self-awareness
  • dogs do not see the world in black-and-white but actually most have red-green color blindness
  • dogs are very nearsighted compared to humans.

Dog owners are always ready to read about their canine companions. They are so passionate about their pets that they are compelled to believe they know what their dog thinks or feels. Are they right? Being a Dog: The World From Your Dog's Point of View has the answer.

The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story
The Animal's Companion
People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316466212
A unique and compelling exploration of why humans need animal companions -- from dogs and cats to horses, birds, and reptiles -- through the eyes of a New York Times bestselling historical detective author.

In The Animal's Companion, the acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead turns her keen eye for cultural investigation toward uncovering why humans have such a strong desire to share everyday life with pets. It's a history that can be traced back to a cave in France where anthropologists discovered evidence of a boy and his dog taking a walk together -- 26,000 years ago.

From those preserved foot and paw prints, Jacky Colliss Harvey draws on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence to sweep readers through centuries and across continents to examine how our relationships with our pets have developed, but also stayed very much the same. Through delightful stories of the most famous, endearing, and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history, Colliss Harvey examines the when, the how, and the why of our connection to the animals we take into our lives, and suggests fascinating new insights into one of the most long-standing of all human love affairs.
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet
Paperback      ISBN: 0806528877
Do all dogs and cats really go to heaven? Yes, they do

The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you'll ever endure. But recovery isn't only about closure. You also want to know where your best friend has gone.

After the intense, unexpected grief he experienced following the loss of his own companions, animal lover and biblical scholar Gary Kurz set out to prove that there are indeed pets in Paradise. After devoting countless hours of research, he now shares his inspiring insights to bring you a richer understanding of animals and their souls. You'll finally find answers to common questions about animals and the afterlife--and you'll also get a 30-day devotional to help you work through your grief.

If you've ever loved and lost a pet, or if you know someone who has shared a special bond with a furry face and a cold, wet nose, you'll welcome this amazing book's reassurance that love and loyalty are truly eternal, and that someday, you and your pets will be together again.

Gary Kurz is a retired Coast Guard officer who served his country faithfully and honorably for over 30 years. He and his wife have a love for animals and a concern for others who share their love. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas, near Kansas City.
Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You
Dog Is Love
Why and How Your Dog Loves You
Hardcover      ISBN: 132854396x
"Lively and fascinating... The reader comes away cheered, better informed, and with a new and deeper appreciation for our amazing canine companions and their enormous capacity for love."--Cat Warren, New York Times best-selling author of What the Dog Knows

Does your dog love you?
Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dog's nose, the warmth of them lying at our feet, even their whining when they want to get up on the bed. It really seems like our dogs love us, too. But for years, scientists have resisted that conclusion, warning against anthropomorphizing our pets. Enter Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviorist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship. Drawing on cutting-edge studies from his lab and others around the world, Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from their faces and tails to their brains, hormones, even DNA. This scientific revolution is revealing more about dogs' unique origins, behavior, needs, and hidden depths than we ever imagined possible.

A humane, illuminating book, Dog Is Love is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a dog--and experienced the wonder of being loved back.
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
What the Dog Knows
Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1451667329

A firsthand exploration of the extraordinary abilities and surprising, sometimes life-saving talents of "working dogs"--pups who can sniff out drugs, find explosives, even locate the dead--as told through the experiences of a journalist and her intrepid canine companion, which The New York Times calls "a fascinating, deeply reported journey into the...amazing things dogs can do with their noses."

There are thousands of working dogs all over the US and beyond with incredible abilities--they can find missing people, detect drugs and bombs, pinpoint unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers, or even find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. These abilities may seem magical or mysterious, but author Cat Warren shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these creatures' amazing abilities.

Cat Warren is a university professor and journalist who had tried everything she could think of to harness her dog Solo's boundless energy and enthusiasm...until a behavior coach suggested she try training him to be a "working dog." What started out as a hobby soon became a calling, as Warren was introduced to the hidden universe of dogs who do this essential work and the handlers who train them.

Her dog Solo has a fine nose and knows how to use it, but he's only one of many astounding dogs in a varied field. Warren interviews cognitive psychologists, historians, medical examiners, epidemiologists, and forensic anthropologists, as well as the breeders, trainers, and handlers who work with and rely on these intelligent and adaptable animals daily. Along the way, Warren discovers story after story that prove the capabilities--as well as the very real limits--of working dogs and their human partners. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Warren explains why our partnership with working dogs is woven into the fabric of society, and why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of our four-legged friends.
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
Paperback      ISBN: 1449410243
TheOatmeal.com's most popular cat jokes, including "How to Pet a Kitty" and "The Bobcats," plus 15 new and never-before-seen cat-themed comics, are presented in this hilarious collection from New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman, a.k.a. TheOatmeal.com. Includes pull-out poster

Jesus Rollerblading Christ--another helping of TheOatmeal Mrow, MOAR kitty comics. Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat humor in his new book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You.

If your cat is kneading you, that's not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn't a gift. It's a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of comics, facts, and instructional guides about crazy cat behaviors from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You presents fan favorites, such as "Cat vs. Internet," "How to Pet a Kitty," and "The Bobcats," plus 17 brand-new, never-before-seen cat-themed comic strips. This Oatmeal collection is a must-have for cat-lovers from Mr. Oats A pullout poster is included at the back of the book.