Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Do animals think and feel?
Marc Bekoff Ph.D.
The Footprints of Hope program developed by the organization Veterans For Wildlife is designed to help traumatized individuals transition into civilian life and heal scars of war.
Laura Hobgood's book "A Dog's History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans" is a remarkable, enlightening, and wide-ranging read about who rescued whom.
An essay titled "Ha-ha, sourpuss. Cats have 9 lives but dogs have the sense of humour" is cute but misleading. It's another example of how media can conflate facts with beliefs.
Dogs' noses are amazing works of art. Two recent books discuss this fascinating organ and a new study shows scent enrichment reduces stress (activity and barking) in shelter dogs.
Emotional support animals can't always keep doctors away, but can work wonders for some people. If their support works for you, find an animal who also benefits from their work.
Some people love dogs parks and some dislike them, but it's what a dog feels that really matters. If a dog doesn't enjoy them, don't go even if you like them, or go on your own.
Dogs recognize happy or sad faces and neuroimaging (fMRI) tells us how they do it and how similar it is to how humans do it. Negative emotions are more difficult to distinguish.
The new book, "My Patients and Other Animals," is a gem. In this inspirational work, we read about a doctor's personal journey as a caregiver for animals in need.
Data and stories of how dogs sense the world, play, dominance, peeing, cognition, emotions, and discussions of dog-human and human-human interactions at dog parks and elsewhere.
It appears as if these monkeys truly care about the well-being of youngsters by sharing food when no other individuals see them do it. This is called a "reverse audience effect."
A thought-provoking interview with criminologist Piers Beirne about his book "Murdering Animals: Writings on Theriocide, Homicide and Nonspeciesist Criminology."
In a recent essay Lucy Cooke discusses the un-cuddly truths about pandas. "In their shrinking natural habitat, the bears are tough, sexually potent survivors" not hapless bunglers.
Debra Merskin brings together sociological, psychological, historical, cultural, and environmental ways of thinking about nonhuman animals and our relationships with them.
An interview with Dr. Frank Rosell about his fascinating book, "Secrets of the Snout," in which we learn what dogs' noses know and how they work.
An interview with Risë VanFleet and Tracie Faa-Thompson about their book "Animal Assisted Play Therapy" which adds lightness and the animals' well-being to the therapeutic process.
Rabbits will be killed with a hemorrhagic virus and die horrific deaths, while a teacher involved in educating kids to kill admits she's running a propaganda campaign.
An interview with field researcher Andrew Loveridge, author of "Lion Hearted: The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa's Iconic Cats," who knew Cecil well.
The French artist's whimsical caricatures satirize animal behavior, politics, and social inequalities and show his deep knowledge of the cognitive and emotional lives of animals.
When you choose to bring a young dog, or dog of any age, into your life, you're their lifeline.
A new study shows how important it is to carefully observe dogs and know them as individuals, because how they respond to different noises may be an indicator of undiagnosed pain.
A dog researcher's quote raises numerous important questions about animal intelligences. It may sound humorous, but it's belittling and also pointless to call a dog an idiot.
An essay called "Out of the Doghouse, Into the Bed" is very human-centered, and suggests that dogs in need be banned from bedding down near or with their human companions.
"Telling your dog every hour that she’s a really good dog makes you realize that goodness is a thing to be honored."
Dogs used in war work very hard, yet when they return home they're mistreated as if they're disposable objects. The Department of Defense agrees and positive changes are planned.
New research shows adult dogs prefer high-pitched dog-relevant words spoken rhythmically and emotionally. This sort of dog-speak improves dogs' attention and may influence bonding.
Hope Ferdowsian tells us about Phoenix Zones, sanctuaries where great care is given to creating peace, strength, and hope and where humans and nonhumans are treated with dignity.
The pricey cloning industry preys on our love for dogs, turning something beautiful into something ugly. We rarely here about the heavy price donor dogs pay to make more of them.
Research shows that when dogs track a scent, they have future thoughts and expectations of what they'll find at the end of the trail, regardless of their education.
Dogs rescued from shelters, abusive homes, pet shops, and other situations have many redeeming qualities. They offer many wonderful lessons about the value of hard work and love.
A comprehensive RSPCA report offers very important data about how we relate to dogs. While there's some good news, many people still don't use what they know on their dog's behalf.
Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.