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Animal Wise

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views 

   I have always known that animals think, have a sense of humor, feel pain, and experience many different emotions. I am not talking about anthropomorphizing animals. I don’t dress my cats, and never dressed the dogs in my care. Cats and dogs are not little people.  I see them as different from us, and it’s that difference I celebrate. It’s sheer delight when I am accepted by an animal. I’m the one at a party who always visits with the dog or cat.

As a child, I volunteered at the Central Park Zoo, and had the opportunity to be around many different animals. I clearly remember hugging a chimpanzee, having the hems of my jeans being nibbled at by a goat, and being tagged by a mischievous goose named Lucifer. When I turned my back to him, he took a gentle bite out of my back leg. When I looked him in the eye, he turned his gaze toward the sky as if he was innocent. Each time I turned around, he would try again. It was a game we played. Lucifer was smart and playful.

We can learn a lot observing animals, and I think our relationship with them becomes richer when we see them as different from us.

In her new book, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, journalist Virginia Morell shows us that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimpanzees grieve.  Morell is a gifted storyteller, and her book Animal Wise is a keeper.

I read a lot of books. Some of those books I want to hold onto. This is one of them. Her book is published by Crown, and if you are like me and love animals, you will enjoy reading Animal Wise.

For more information about this book, click here.


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