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Making Animals Happy: How to Create the Best Life for Pets and Other Animals

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'The modern day Doctor Dolittle' (Guardian), bestselling author of Animals in Translation, investigates the secrets of mental health in animals.
Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury UK (first published May 4th 2009)
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Caroline
I think the title of this book is misleading. It suggests a pleasant, cosy read. In fact this book is far from cosy. Temple Grandin is an associate professor of animal science, dealing with animal welfare on a huge scale. She works primarily with intensive farms, slaughter houses and zoos – trying to create environments and work practices that are sympathetic to the animals that have to use them.

The first few chapters of the book do in fact deal with pets – dogs, cats and horses – but then the b
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Harini Srinivasan
A book that will interest anyone who has a pet or has anything to do with animals. It is difficult for an animal lover to accept the basic premise of this book, that it's fine to experiment on or kill animals as long as you give them a reasonable quality of life. However, if you can get past that, there is much that you can learn. The book covers all kinds of animals from cats and dogs to pigs and cows and horses.

One thing I really liked (maybe because it ratifies my own approach to training --
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Helen
Sep 24, 2014 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any animal lover
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Fascinating, absorbing and so interesting. As an obsessed animal lover, vegetarian, animal campaigner, etc. I approached this book with gusto. I had a shock when I discovered it's not all about fluffy kittens. There's some hard hitting reality here too. Prepare to read not just about domesticated cats and dogs, but also about the horrors and disturbing levels of animal suffering within the meat industry and zoos. It's difficult to read about such awful subject matter, something I feel so passion ...more
Stringy
This is a fascinating book about the psychology(? neurology?) of animals and how that relates to taking care of our pets, farm animals and wild animals. We know how to provide adequate physical care of animals, but how can we know if we're taking care of their mental health when they can't speak to us about how they feel?

The book is co-authored, but written from Grandin's perspective. She talks about her experiences growing up with dogs, horses and cows, her research into animal happiness, and h
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Kate
What a fantastic book. With chapters on how different animals behave and how you can give them the best life possible, this is a manual for anyone that lives or works with animals whether they are companion pets (dogs, cats), chickens in your garden or on an industrial scale, horses and cows; and even wild animals. Temple Grandin *knows* animals and what she says makes so much sense. As a dog owner, I was particularly fascinated with her chapter on dogs, and how they act as family rather than in ...more
Dan
A fantastically interesting book, not only in terms of the animals Temple discusses, but also her insights and own experiences of autism. The one thing I didn't particularly like about this book was the wide range of animals it covers, which made it a book more likely to be read only once, or dipped into at the animals readers are more interested in. I am sure that the author has a lot more to say about each different type of animal, and personally I would have preferred to see a book on each se ...more
Candace
I really liked this book. I think the author really understands animal behaviour, and although she works in an industry which most of us would like to imagine doesn't exist. We need people like her to make sure that animals that are farmed for food are as happy as possible, and that zoo animals lives are enriched. I found it really interesting that she has autism, and ties that in with her view of animal behaviour when in captivity. There are lots of references, and I am interested enough to loo ...more
Heather Browning
Temple Grandin has a very simple and readable writing style and great insight into the needs of animal welfare. There are many authors who argue *why* we should consider the welfare of animals, but she is one of the few who discusses *how* we should do so. Here she presents the idea that what is important for animals is not displaying certain behaviours, but meeting certain emotional needs. She then discusses this concept with reference to most common agricultural animals, as well as zoo animals ...more
jessica malice
I so loved the chapters on dogs & cats & wild animals.. found the evolutionary biology perspective so valuable to understanding current behaviour.
cattle & poultry etc were not so relevant or interesting (who cares if food is happy amirite?)
also Temple Grandin is pretty amazing. her writing style is so simple & charming, although at times so simple it could be a challenge to take her seriously as a professional, but that's my stuff, not hers :)
Amber
Discusses animal psychology from a physiological/neurological viewpoint, as well as some psychology and background of the animal farming industry. Very interesting stuff that was totally new to me before reading this book.
Barbwire Sugarbeet
Fun, interesting, cool. Although a little anthropocentric, it's still a good in-between for the pet owner who wants to be better while gaining a 'scientific' insight on the animal(s) they live with.
Fleur
Anyone who loves animals should read this book
Constance Scheel
Another great book by Temple Grandin.
Kat
This book is AMAZING!
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Temple Grandin, Ph.D., didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, ...more
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