Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
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The book begins with the author's rescue dog who jumped out o ...more
Still, it was interesting enough. And despite my complaints, I was still more interested in listening to anecdotes of sexually deviant animals than my co-workers.
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How often our egos keep us separate from the universe...although it may be discomforting to accept, Dr. Braitman scratches back the wallpaper to find
what lives inside animals with psychological disabilities, most often, caused by human interaction and intervention.
Here's the moment I realized I have been working in higher education far, far too long: I read Braitman's author bio and thought, huh, a PhD from MIT... then paused at: PhD in the "history of science."
My nose literally turned up itself and snubbed the whole bio. Don't blame me, blame the PhDs I work with.
Many many animals in captivity and in human midst suffer from mental issues. Many are treated badly.
It is important to give animals company. It's important to make sure to not leave them alone for long. It is important to spend time with them and make them feel loved and special.
Instead of zoos where there is a need to have well behaved animals and animals are so disconnected from their natural environm ...more
Well researched and well written, I found this book an easy yet fascinating tale of literal madness. Early in my degree, we were assigned the task of forming an essay on the Animal/Human Relationship. At that point my mind went straight to zoos and cruelty for entertainment. I found little - given my poorer skills in research - to support or acknowledge the statement I felt my essay should ...more
Humans are lucky animals.
We aren’t particularly strong, fast, or resilient, we can’t peck through solid pine, generate perfectly symmetrical calcium shells, fly, change the color of our skin to match the background nor any of the other amazing things animals can do. But we have a special skill that has guaranteed our survival: we can complain.
More specifically, we can vocalize our thoughts. And because we talk, we can complain about the things that both ...more
It has taken animal psychologists and scientists decades of animal abuse (in the name of research) to prove that animals suffer mental torment and suffering when kept in isolation, taken away from their mothers, are kept chained up, beaten, treated cruelly, intensively farmed, kept in captivity and overworked. Anyone with an ounce of sensitivity and compassion, as well as common sense, would already ...more
“. . . losing our minds. And finding them again. . . . “
Recent months have provided a plethora of incredible dog books: Chaser, Decoding Your Dog, Citizen Canine, Travels with Casey, (the latter two on DogEvals) and now, Animal Madness*, which may be the best (but it’s a close call)!
History - Not Always Dry
The title does not ...more
Este libro no me atrapó por su bonita portada, aunque sí me gusta. No me atrapó por su título intrigante, aunque sí fue lo que llamó mi atención al inicio. Lo que realmente me atrapó de este libro, lo que me animó a leerlo y a quedarme enganchada en sus páginas fue la historia de Oliver, ese perro incomprendido, esa mascota a la que tanto amaba Laurel Braitman y a la que no sabía cómo ayudar.
Es la primera vez que leo un libro donde se hable de la conducta animal con un sólido fundamente cien...more
The next few years grew increasingly difficult, as they struggled to help Oliver be more secure, and Braitman became interested not just in her own dog's problems, but the larger question of me ...more
She started off strong, thorough research that she obviously put a lot of time in, lots of case studies from"back in the day" which were interesting and sad in equal measure. I'm a veterinarian and I found myself immediately questioning her science and medicine. And I realize I don't know the full story of her dog throwing itself out the window of a multiple story apartment and the situation leading up to it, but I would have recommended ...more
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