More than man's best friend: A look at attachment between humans and their canine companions
Contributor(s): Samantha E. Kennedy
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are currently more than 60 million pet dogs in the United States. This is an increase of nearly eighteen percent since 1991, coinciding with a growing area of research on humans relationships with companion animals and companion...
Women animal foster care workers: An ecofeminist critique
Contributor(s): Denise L. Roemer
As with other forms of animal rights activism, animal foster care also appears to be dominated by women. In this paper I explore the role of animal foster care in, and its implications for, a Patriarchal society based on hierarchical dualisms. I argue that through their work as animal foster care...
Human–dolphin encounter spaces: a qualitative investigation of the geographies and ethics of swim-with-the-dolphins programs
Theses | Contributor(s): Kristin L. Stewart
Throughout history and all over the world, dolphins have been welcomed across the human-animal boundary as an ethical subject fit for human companionship. The dolphin's charismatic status has led to a burgeoning swim-with-dolphins industry that offers eager customers opportunities for...
My best friend: a closer look at relationships with companion animals
Theses | Contributor(s): Margaret E. Oehler
This study examines relationships with companion animals and how they compare to relationships with a close friend. Three relationship measures were used; social support, love and closeness and conflict and conflict resolution. A survey measuring these three relational aspects was distributed to...
Companion animal loss: a disenfranchised form of grief and why it's relevant to social work
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Merrill
Thirty participants of the Companion Animal Love, Loss, and Memories (CALLM) group held at The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center evaluated this program in order to find out if a mutual aid support group is beneficial for pet loss survivors. Demographics of participants were...
Women and Animals in Affiliative Relationship: Healing Characteristics of the Animal Human Bond
Theses | Contributor(s): Pamela Feeney
Gender is a basic organizing principle that profoundly shapes material conditions of women's lives. Ecofeminism posits an association and joint oppression among women, animals, and nature, while feminist methodologies expose previously hidden aspects of women's reality. Despite the...
The therapeutic value of the equine-human relationship in recovery from trauma: A qualitative analysis
Theses | Contributor(s): Janet Yorke
The purpose of this research was to explore the nature of equine-human bonding and its therapeutic value in recovery from trauma. The study sample consisted of six participants who identified that their pre-existing relationships with horses were therapeutic in recovering from various types of...