Entertaining and informative, Pets in America is a portrait of Americans' relationships with the cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other animals we call our own. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have pets, and America grows more pet-friendly every day. But as Katherine C. Grier demonstrates, the ways we talk about and treat our pets--as companions, as children, and as objects of beauty, status, or pleasure--have their origins long ago. Grier begins with a natural history of animals as pets, then discusses the changing role of pets in family life, new standards of animal welfare, the problems presented by borderline cases such as livestock pets, and the marketing of both animals ...
Annotation. "Fudge argues that our capacity for compassion and ability to live alongside others is evident in our relationships with our pets, those paradoxical creatures who give us a sense of comfort and security while simultaneously troubling the categories human and animal. For what is a pet if it isn't a fully-fledged member of the human family? This book proposes that by crossing over these boundaries, pets help construct who it is we think we are. Drawing on the works of modern writers, such as J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Jacques Derrida, Fudge shows how pets have been used to think with and to undermine our easy conceptions of human, animal and home. Indeed, Pets shows our obsession with domestic animals reveals many of the paradoxes, contradictions and ambiguities of life. Living with pets provides thought-provoking perspectives on our notions of possession and mastery, mutuality and cohabitation, love and dominance."--Jacket.
Describes and pictures over five hundred species from dogs and cats to goats and ponies and from sheep and doves to toads and newts, offering practical advice on food, housing, grooming, handling, first aid, breeding, and showing
This major work summarizes the recent research and findings on the interactions of pets and their owners and the social and emotional benefits that may be derived by families who have pets. Social and health scientists explore the pervasiveness of the animal/human bond and the high prevalence of pets in U.S. households, including pets and children, pets and the elderly, pets as factors of stability and instability in family relationships, and pets as therapy for ill, grieving, and disabled family members. With this carefully researched book, researchers and family health professionals can better understand the complexities of family/animal interaction and can pursue further study into this increasingly important subject in contemporary society.
In this fun- and information-filled guide veterinary surgeon Chris Brown leads the reader through every stage of the process of selecting a family pet. The author's own story of growing up as the son of a vet, living on a farm and studying to become a vet himself is woven through the book. Important topics covered in a fresh, quirky, engaging way include the reasons for and benefits of owning a pet; awareness of the responsibilities and demands of pet care; and the logistics of finding a pet and knowing if it is happy, healthy and headed for your home. The final section, Best Beasts, is a comprehensive collection of pet profiles that includes a pet to suit every kind of family: from chickens and hermit crabs to the top breeds of cats and dogs, from guinea pigs and sea monkeys to cows and Siamese fighting fish. Serious factual content is presented in an accessible, entertaining way, reflected in the photographs of top pet choices and selections from Chris Brown's own two- and four-footed family photo album. Anecdotes, hints and useful tips appear throughout.
Since the first edition of Between Pets and People in 1983, the authors' then-startling contention that pets benefit our mental and physical health has found wide acceptance. Evidence in our daily lives - in television pet food ads, in doctor's offices outfitted with aquaria - attests to how widely the belief in pets' therapeutic influence is now held. This revised edition of Between Pets and People, with additional data and case studies and expanded references - including a listing of Internet resources - and a foreword by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, analyzes the surprisingly complex relationships we have with our pets. This book contains an important lesson for everyone - to accept ourselves and others in the uncritical way that pets accept us, and come to terms with our own animal nature.