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  • Author:
    Natterson-Horowitz, Barbara
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    A revelatory investigation of human and animal adolescence and young adulthood from the New York Times bestselling authors of Zoobiquity. With Wildhood, Harvard evolutionary biologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and award-winning science writer Kathryn Bowers have created an entirely new way of thinking about the crucial, vulnerable, and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood across the animal kingdom. In their critically acclaimed bestseller, Zoobiquity, the authors revealed the essential connection between human and animal health. In Wildhood, they turn the same eye-opening, species-spanning lens to adolescent young adult life. Traveling around the world and drawing from their latest research, they find that the same four universal challenges are faced by every adolescent human and animal on earth: how to be safe, how to navigate hierarchy; how to court potential mates; and how to feed oneself. Safety. Status. Sex. Self-reliance. How human and animal adolescents and young adults confront the challenges of wildhood shapes their adult destinies. Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers illuminate these core challenges through the lives of four animals in the wild: Ursula, a young king penguin; Shrink, a charismatic hyena; Salt, a matriarchal humpback whale; and Slavc, a roaming European wolf. Through their riveting stories-and those of countless others, from adventurous eagles and rambunctious high schooler to inexperienced orcas and naive young soldiers-readers get a vivid and game-changing portrait of adolescent young adults as a horizontal tribe, sharing behaviors and challenges, setbacks and triumphs. Upending our understanding of everything from risk-taking and anxiety to the origins of privilege and the nature of sexual coercion and consent, Wildhoodis a profound and necessary guide to the perilous, thrilling, and universal journey to adulthood on planet earth.

  • Author:
    Levin, Kim
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    "I have learned why cats are so special, that you have to earn their trust and love. I have found the beauty and character that cats possess."

    When photographer Kim Levin created the magic duet of words and images that appeared in Why We Love Dogs and Why We Really Love Dogs, thousands of animal lovers responded. Now Levin's long-anticipated version for cat lovers is finally here! Kim's gift for capturing the essence of animals is reflected in beautiful photos and playful words that show the ways we love cats: because they stop to smell the flowers,  because they look like lions, because they clean themselves . . . all the time. Why We Love Cats portrays all that is enchanting, mysterious and fun in the world of cats.

  • Author:
    Myers, Jack
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    Few activities grip our attention more than animal watching. Dolphins and seals bring us much joy, and sharks and alligators hold us in awe. But animals can also prompt a variety of fascinating questions. -Why do dolphins sometimes surf'? -How well can birds of prey actually see? -Why do giant pandas eat bamboo fast food? -Why are cavities essential to one reptile's survival? -What effect can a slight temperature change have on alligator hatchlings? -How can some seals stay underwater so long and dive so deeply without harm? Jack Myers 'acclaimed molecular biologist and science editor of Highlights for Children from 1956 to 2006' had a knack for simplifying science and making it interesting to children. For this book, he handpicked 12 captivating articles that explore puzzling animal mysteries from 'How Cats Purr' to 'What Happened to the Mammoths'' stimulating and sure to inspire young readers.''Children's Literature 'These articles' spotlight significant scientific finds and tell the story of how they came about.''Publishers Weekly 'This useful collection of articles' answers interesting scientific questions about animal behavior.'' Booklist

  • Author:
    Balcombe, Jonathan
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    An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior There are more than thirty thousand species of fish--more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. In What a Fish Knows, the ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal what fishes can do, how they do it, and why. Introducing the latest revelations in animal behavior and biology, Balcombe upends our assumptions about fish, exposing them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed creatures but as sentient, aware, social--even Machiavellian. They conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoal-mates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, punish wrongdoers, curry favor, and deceive one another. Fish possess sophisticated senses that rival our own. The reef-dwelling damselfish identifies its brethren by face patterns visible only in ultraviolet light, and some species communicate among themselves in murky waters using electric signals. Highlighting these breakthrough discoveries and others from his own encounters with fish, Balcombe inspires a more enlightened appraisal of marine life. An illuminating journey into the world of underwater science, What a Fish Knows will forever change your view of our aquatic cousins--your pet goldfish included.

  • Author:
    O'Grey, Eric, Dagostino, Mark
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    Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After failed diet attempts and the onset of type 2 diabetes, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. That's when Eric met Peety, an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. In a year of going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life.

  • Author:
    Burchett, Dave
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    What if we are stubbing our toes on the sacred every day and not realizing it'We are the most connected culture in history but arguably the most disconnected from the awareness of God's presence. Waking Up Slowly is author Dave Burchett's personal challenge to live "in the moment" and find the everyday joys he misses in disconnected busyness.What moments of joy do we inadvertently miss as we stare at our screens' What performance idols destroy our ability to appreciate God's gifts'Dave Burchett sets out to find out how life might look differently if he awoke each morning consciously looking for the easy to miss "postcards from God." Waking Up Slowly is an intimate, warm, and touching story of discovering how to more fully appreciate living in the moment. During his discovery, the author finds regular reminders of daily joys from his Labrador pal, Maggie.Waking Up Slowly challenges the reader to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the ways that God reveals himself daily. Through regular people, everyday situations, cuddly creatures, and stunning nature, God's presence is real and discoverable. We just need to wake up to it.

  • Author:
    Coren, Stanley, Hodgson, Sarah
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    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of getting a dog or nervous about caring for the one you’ve already brought home, now you can relax. Understanding Your Dog For Dummies helps you recognize not only why your dog behaves the way she does, but in a way that enables you to parlay that into a well-behaved companion who listens (and sits and speaks and comes, etc.). Whether your pooch is a mixed breed or purebred, she has a distinct identity that makes her unique. The first step in understanding your dog is to respect the honorable task she was originally bred for and to identify how these inbred impulses influence her personality and behavior. In essence, you need to speak her language if you expect her to learn to understand yours. Understanding Your Dog For Dummies gives you everything you need to learn to understand your pooch’s unique dialect of “Doglish” — and shows you how to take on the role as pack leader to give your dog the cues, guidance and consistency she needs to shape and develop good behaviors. Inside you’ll discover how to: *Read your dog’s body language *Communicate with your dog *Interpret your dog’s breed-specific traits *Correct dog-behavior-gone-bad *Counter anxiety-based behavior *Understand and resolve aggressive behavior *And so much more! Think of this book as Doglish 101 — a prerequisite for every human member of your dog’s family. Now, let the training begin!

  • Author:
    Arenstein, Georges-Henri, Benoit, André, Pétrin, Lucie, Bruder-Sergent, Laurence, Perrin, Marie
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    Sous la direction de Georges-Henri Arenstein, André Benoit et Lucie Pétrin évoquent la relation entre l’humain et le cheval. Ils démontrent qu’il est possible de développer un lien unique entre ces deux êtres. Les auteurs veulent distinguer la relation cocréatrice d’une relation utilitaire ou d’une relation affective en spécifiant les éléments qui favorisent les relations harmonieuses entre les animaux et nous. Quant à Laurence Bruder-Sergent, elle aborde dans son chapitre, les mauvais traitements que nous infligeons à nos chiens sans le savoir et sans le vouloir. À travers son discours, elle évoque la nature biologique et éthologique des chiens, leurs besoins sociaux et les particularités individuelles de chacun. Elle fait également le point sur les inadéquations induites maladroitement par les humains dans leur cohabitation avec leurs compagnons canins. Enfin le chapitre rédigé par Marie Perrin traite du stress chez les chiens. Que ce soit par de mauvais traitements ou de mauvaises habitudes de leurs propriétaires, les chiens sont soumis à diverses sources de stress. Hélas, les humains ne s’en rendent pas toujours compte. L’auteure met en perspective les bienfaits que nous procure la compagnie des chiens alors que ceux-ci subissent quotidiennement des chocs stressants qui ne sont pas toujours pris en compte par leurs copains humains.

  • Author:
    Brett, Brian
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    For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as 'Whaddya know?' and announcing 'Party time!' when guests showed up at Bretts farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that the parrot is a lot more complex than he thought. Simultaneously a biography of this singular bird and a history of bird/dinosaurs and the human relationship with birds, Tuco also explores how we 'other' the world--abusing birds, landscapes, and each other--including Bretts own experience with a rare genetic condition that turned his early years into an obstacle course of bullying and nurtured his affinity for winged creatures. The book also provides an in-depth examination of our ideas about knowledge, language, and intelligence (including commentary from Tuco himself) and how as we learn more about animal languages and intelligence we continually shift our definitions of them in order to retain our 'superiority.' As Brett says, 'Whaddya know? Not much. I dont even know what knowledge is. I know only the magic... and the mysteries.' By turns provocative, profound, hilarious, and deeply moving, this fascinating memoir will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned.

  • Author:
    Paulsen, Gary
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    The Newbery Honor-winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure. Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

  • Author:
    Gagne, Tammy
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    Dogs can bring companionship, fun, and unconditional love to their owners. To reciprocate for all of the joy that a dog adds to life, dog owners need to be educated about and fully prepared for responsible ownership and care. There's a lot to know when you're a dog owner, and this comprehensive guide serves as the ultimate reference for owners at all stages of their dogs' lives. Inside The Ultimate Guide to Dog Care: -A thorough discussion on what you need to consider before you decide to add a dog to your family -Sources from where you can obtain a healthy, sound puppy or adult dog -Checklists and charts to help you buy all of the equipment and supplies you will need before your dog comes home -How to introduce your new dog to your home, other family members, other dogs, and strangers -The importance of socialization to a dog's overall personality and confidence -Complete nutrition for puppies, adults, and senior dogs -How to groom different coat types and the tools you will need -Making sure that your dog gets enough exercise for his body and mind, with special sections on organized dog sports and pet-assisted therapy work -Keeping your dog safe at home and everywhere you go -Raising a polite canine member of society through reward-based training, communication, and solutions to common problems -Routine health checks, dealing with parasites, and recognizing and treating illness and injury, with a chapter on care of the older dog

  • Author:
    Louch, Jan
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    The memoir of small-town librarian Jan Louch, whose pair of Scottish Fold cats became the mascots of the company Baker & Taylor--and beloved by librarians and readers nationwide. It all started when Jan Louch, assistant librarian at the Douglas County Public Library in Carson Valley, Nevada, and a coworker acquired two Scottish Fold cats to keep mice away from the town's new library. Jan called the cats Baker and Taylor because the names fit the felines' mild temperaments, and because she dealt with the book distribution company on a daily basis. When Jan agreed to let the company photograph the cats for a poster, she couldn't know that they would go on to become the most famous library cats in the world. It was enough for Jan that everyone who visited the library fell in love with the cats. But then the poster became a hit. Children from across the country wrote letters, which Jan answered for Baker and Taylor, and fans traveled from far and wide to see Baker holding court at the circulation desk and Taylor in his unusual sitting-Buddha pose. In this charming memoir, Jan celebrates these wonderful cats and the people--readers, cat-lovers, and many others--that came together around them.

  • Author:
    Charleson, Susannah
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    "Reading The Possibility Dogs is like taking an amazing literary journey with a dear friend by your side. The characters you meet will enchant you, but the storyteller will capture your heart. If you love dogs, this is a can't-miss book written by a kindred spirit."-Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dog's Eyes and In a Dog's Heart After a grisly search-and-rescue operation led to troubling consequences for author Susannah Charleson, she found that her relationship with Puzzle, her search dog, made a surprising contribution to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learned to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, plucking them from shelters and training them to work with disabled human partners, to whom the dogs bring assistance, comfort, and hope. Similar to her best-selling first book, Scent of the Missing, Charleson's The Possibility Dogs goes beyond the science that explains working canines to tell the stories of the dogs themselves. Like Merlin, a black Lab puppy who had been thrown away in a garbage bag and now stabilizes his partner's panic attacks. And service dog Jake Piper, a formerly starving pit bull mix who went from abandoned to irreplaceable. This heartwarming combination of memoir and research is sure to both inform and inspire. "What an amazing book. Combine love, knowledge, and real-life drama with pitch-perfect writing, and you'll end up with The Possibility Dogs. Simply brilliant!"-Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash "Insightful and earthy, Charleson is never maudlin. She keeps it real...'ll the stories have tremendous heart and power and you believe Charleson when she writes: 'Any dog can surprise you,' and 'great dogs can come in odd packages.'"-Boston Globe

  • Author:
    Charleson, Susannah
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    This uniquely personal, moving, and inspiring journey delves into the rapidly emerging world of psychiatric service dogs, as Susannah Charleson works as an evaluator in shelters, plucking unwanted dogs, training them for service, and matching them with people in need.

  • Author:
    Parsons, Robert C., D'Souza, Mel
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    Robert C. Parsons, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best-known authors, will delight readers with this brand new collection of more than 50 true stories involving one of nature’s treasures: the noble Newfoundland dog. From the deck of the Titanic, to the sandbars of Sable Island, learn about the breed’s intelligence and charisma as you read tales from around the world of rescue by land and sea, heartwarming stories of undying loyalty, and accounts of the Newfoundland dog risking its own life to save others. Known worldwide as being one of the most courageous, friendly, and protective breeds on earth, the Newfoundland dog has also become one of the most beloved. Dog lovers and story lovers alike will find this book, beautifully illustrated by Mel D’Souza, to be man’s second-best friend!

  • Author:
    Coren, Stanley
    Summary:

    Evaluates the cultural, literary, religious, and economic ways in which the human race has shaped its relationship with dogs throughout the past 15,000 years, sharing stories of how dogs have become entangled in human political, legal, and evolutionary processes.

  • Author:
    Narayan, Shoba
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    When Shoba Narayan, a writer and cookbook author who had lived for years in Manhattan, moves back to Bangalore with her family, she befriends the milk lady, from whom she buys fresh milk every day. These two women from very different backgrounds bond over not only cows, considered holy in India, but also family, food, and life. After Narayan agrees to buy her milk lady a new cow (she needs one and Narayan can afford it, so why not?), they set off looking for just the right cow. What was at first a simple economic transaction becomes something much more complicated, though never without a hint of slapstick. When Narayan starts dreaming of cows, a little Ayurvedic medicine is in order. (Cow urine tablets, anyone?) When Narayan offers her surprised neighbors fresh cow's milk, we learn about the place of milk in Indian culture. When Narayan wants a cow to bless her house, the spiritual and historical role that cows play in India is explored. In this charming true story about two women and the animal they share, readers are treated to an insider's of view of India. The Milk Lady of Bangalore is also a window into our universal connection to food and its sources, the intricacies of female friendship, and our relationship to all animals.

  • Author:
    Phenix, Annie
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    Aggression is a subject that no dog owner wants to talk about, but one that many owners have to face. Statistics show that aggression is not only the most serious problem in dogs but also the top reason for owners to seek out professional help for their pets. Left unchecked, an aggressive dog can become a dangerous dog, and this informative volume comes to the aid of many heartbroken owners who feel that they have tried everything to correct their dogs' unpredictable and inappropriate behavior. Author and certified dog trainer Annie Phenix shares her belief that many reactive dogs can be rehabilitated with the right training, and she offers her expertise in positive, force-free training methods to desperate owners who have resorted to extreme measures to keep their dogs away from other people and animals. Inside The Midnight Dog Walkers: Stories and practical examples from the author based on aggressive dogs she's trained and owned Behavioral warning signs that owners should recognize Definitions of different types of aggression and why they occur Tips on how to handle a potentially aggressive or aggressive dog The author's force-free training philosophy and how she applies it with her clients to effect positive changes Popular myths and misconceptions about training these "grumpy growlers"

  • Author:
    Brand, Adele
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    In the spirit of H is for Hawk, an intimate portrait of foxes, by a British mammal ecologist who has studied the beloved yet mysterious creatures across four continents."Succinct, clear, sophisticated. I couldn't stop reading." -Jeff VanderMeer, bestselling author of Annihilation and theSouthern Reach Trilogy For thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by the fox. Refusing to be domesticated, the fox has thrived at the margins of human activity. The astonishing intelligence and cunning that served them well in the ancient wildwood now helps them navigate concrete parking lots and railroad lines, as human settlements increasingly encroach on their habitat.Adele Brand, a renowned British mammal ecologist, has followed the fox from the windswept prairies of Canada to the green meadows of Romania, jaguar-prowled jungles in Mexico to the scorching salt deserts of India. In The Hidden World of the Fox, she pens a lyrical love letter to this beloved animal.Brand takes us on a scientific and personal journey into the heart of the fox. Drawing upon evolution (like dogs, foxes have thrived because they are highly adaptable to their environment, and eat an unusually varied diet), cultural history (the fox has starred in myths, religious rituals, and English literature), and philosophy (what do we owe to our natural neighbors'), Brand offers a heartfelt paean to a revered animal. Over the course of the book, we get to know a host of furry acquaintances-among them Chatter, Old Dogfox, Sooty, and the aptly named The Interloper-and are charmed, and transformed, by their intelligence and grace.

  • Author:
    Lee, Muriel P.
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    The first title in the exciting new Kennel Club Classics series is French Bulldog, an elaborate photographic celebration of one of the dog world's most beloved breeds. Written and compiled by Just Frenchies editor Muriel P. Lee, this 200-page hardcover volume features articles on the breed's history by Anne M. Hier, breed health by Janice Grebe, judging by Virginia Rowland, the breed in England and France by Penny Rankine-Parsons, the breed in Australia and New Zealand by Michael Rosser, and working dogs by Bette and Manda Kaplan. No Frenchie lover will live without this volume on their coffee table!

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