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  1. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How you and your dog can lose weight, stay fit, and have fun together

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    Books | Contributor(s): Phil Zeltzman, Rebecca A Johnson, Alan M. Beck

    A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or...

  2. Unleashed Fury: The political struggle for dog-friendly parks

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    Books | Contributor(s): Julie Walsh, Alan M. Beck

    The question of whether dogs should be allowed off the leash in public places has become a major political issue in cities and suburbs across the United States. In the last two decades, "leash-law disputes" have burst upon the political scene and have been debated with an intensity...

  3. Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side

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    Books | Contributor(s): Susan Krieger, Alan M. Beck

    Traveling Blind is a romance, a travel adventure, an emotional quest, and a deeply reflective description of coming to terms with lack of sight. It reveals the invisible work of navigating with a guide dog while learning to perceive the world in new ways. Although an intensely personal account,...

  4. The Mark of the Beast: Animality and Human Oppression

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    Books | Contributor(s): Mark S. Roberts

    The Mark of the Beast historically and critically examines the dire affects of the process of animalization on both humans and animals. Roberts provides a general account of the theoretical division between humans and animals begun largely in the work of Aristotle and continued in that of...

  5. The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets: Evidence and case studies

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    Books | Contributor(s): Rebecca A Johnson (editor), Alan M. Beck (editor), Sandra McCune (editor)

    Obesity is at epidemic levels worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018 the cost of treating weight-related illnesses will double to almost $350 billion a year. A 2010 report by the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that two-thirds of American adults and almost one in three...

  6. The Golden Bridge: Selecting and training assistance dogs for children with social, emotional, and educational challenges

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    Books | Contributor(s): Patty Dobbs Gross

    In The Golden Bridge, Patty Dobbs Gross provides both personal and professional advice on how specially bred and trained dogs help to facilitate communication for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This important information compendium is a guide for parents dealing with...

  7. The Extraordinary Spirit of Green Chimneys: Connecting children and animals to create hope

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    Books | Contributor(s): Samuel B. Ross, Jr.

    Green Chimneys is a nationally renowned US nonprofit organization that helps improve the lives of at-risk urban children by incorporating animals and environmental activities into their educational experiences. Founded by Dr. Samuel (Rollo) B. Ross, Jr.,"Green Chimneys Farm for Little...

  8. Rescuing Rover: A First Aid and Disaster Guide for Dog Owners

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    Books | Contributor(s): Sebastian E. Heath

    Whether you're hiking with your canine friend in a remote area or work with a dog on a search-and-rescue team or police force, you need to be prepared for emergencies when veterinary service is not available. Rescuing Rover: A First Aid and Disaster Guide for Dog Owners provides dog owners,...

  9. Potcakes: Dog ownership in New Providence, The Bahamas

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    Books | Contributor(s): William J. Fielding, Maurice Issacs, Jane Mather

    Although The Bahamas is not alone, either in the Caribbean, or elsewhere in having a pet over-population problem, however this publication appears to be the first to provide a systematic study of dog ownership in a Caribbean society. The dog population in The Bahamas consists mainly of...

  10. Playing with my dog Katie: An ethnomethodological study of dog-human interaction

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    Books | Contributor(s): David A. Goode

    The relationship between dogs and humans has been represented and contemplated since the beginning of human culture. Lasting expressions of this interest can be found in art, philosophy, literature, and science. With the rise of biological and social sciences in the nineteenth century,...

  11. On Dogs and Dying: Inspirational Stories from Hospice Hounds

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    Books | Contributor(s): Michael A. Rivera

    Dogs know when we are feeling down. They love it when we are happy and seeking friendship and fun, and they understand when we are feeling sad and desperate. This book presents a series of real-life tales of the positive effects dogs have had on people at the end of their lives, chronicling the...

  12. New York's poop scoop law: Dogs, the dirt, and due process

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    Books | Contributor(s): Michael Brandow

    It's hard to imagine eight million people trying to avoid dog refuse on the streets of New York City on a daily basis. Likewise, it's harder not to imagine New Yorkers from all walks of life picking up after their canines. Using plastic bags or trendy, mechanized devices, pet owners...

  13. Inside Animal Hoarding: The Case of Barbara Erickson and her 552 Dogs

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    Books | Contributor(s): Arnold Arluke, Celeste Killeen

    Inside Animal Hoarding profiles one of the largest and most intriguing cases of animal hoarding in recent history. Celeste Killeen's investigation pries open the door to Barbara Erickson's hidden and closely guarded life, offering an in-depth view of animal hoarding. The chaos and...

  14. Independent Vision: Dorothy Harrison Eustis and the story of The Seeing Eye

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    Books | Contributor(s): Miriam Ascarelli

    Mention the words "Seeing Eye," and most people will associate them with guide dogs for the blind and partially-sighted. Mention the name "Dorothy Harrison Eustis," and most people will not recognize it, even though she is the woman responsible for founding The Seeing Eye,...

  15. Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty

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    Books | Contributor(s): Frank R. Ascione

    Animal abuse has been an acknowledged problem for centuries, but only within the past few decades has scientific research provided evidence that the maltreatment of animals often overlaps with violence toward people. The variants of violence, including bullying or assaults in a schoolyard,...

  16. Brute Force: Animal Police and the Challenge of Cruelty

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    Books | Contributor(s): Arnold Arluke

    "In one instance, an officer investigated a case on an extremely thin dog - a sixty-pound Rottweiler - that should have weighed about one hundred pounds. 'The dog was skin and bones, so weak he couldn't even get up. The person told me he was minding the dog for his son because his...

  17. Brood Bitch: A mother's reflection

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    Books | Contributor(s): Celia Townsend Wells

    Brood Bitch is a mother's reflection inspired by her hand-raising a litter of Pembroke Welsh corgis whose own mother died after a Caesarian delivery. Devastated by the loss of her only companion and awed by the task of saving the puppies, the author is surprised to discover she enjoys this...

  18. Bridging the Bond: The Cultural Construction of the Shelter Pet

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    Books | Contributor(s): Tami L. Harbolt

    What happens behind the doors of the animal shelter? This book will introduce the reader to the work culture of animal shelter employees, volunteers, activists, educators, and pets. By weaving together her own personal memoirs with interviews with workers, the author describes the traditions,...

  19. Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship

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    Books | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck, Aaron Katcher

    Pets play a greater role in our emotional and physical health than ever before, according to this volume. The book by Alan M. Beck of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine and Aaron H. Katcher, psychiatrist and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the emotional...

  20. Assessing the Human-Animal Bond: A Compendium of Actual Measures

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    Books | Contributor(s): David C Anderson

    This book gathers, in one place, those measures presently used to study the human-companion animal bond. The measures chosen for inclusion are the most heavily used by researchers, as well as measures that appear to be innovative or relate to the different aspects of the human-companion animal...