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  1. We Left Lassie Behind: Defense Personnel Relocation, Animal Abandonment, and Shelter Impacts

    Contributor(s):: Gabriele Griffiths

    When Department of Defense (DoD) personnel receive orders to relocate to a new duty installation, nearly one third abandon their companion animals, which negatively affects the local shelters' costs, personnel, and capabilities to provide quality care for shelter animals. There is a lack of...

  2. Case Studies in Ancient Maya Human-Animal Relations: El PerĂº, La Corona, and Commensal Mammals

    Contributor(s):: Diana Nicole Fridberg

    The ancient Maya of Mesoamerica inhabited a biodiverse landscape filled with animal taxa that provided both physical resources and rich ideological inspiration. To date, faunal studies among the Maya have been more limited than other types of archaeological investigations, leaving much still...

  3. How has the domestication of dogs impacted native North American culture and way of life?

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    Contributor(s):: Mikaela E. Reisman

    Dogs, as the only domestic mammal in North America, were a part of the life and culture of the people who migrated to the Americas from Eurasia. Originally domesticated from Eurasian wolves, the uses of dogs expanded once the Native American ancestors spread throughout the continents. I...

  4. The Effects of Different Lifestyles of Dog Owners with on their Purchasing Behaviors of Pet Goods

    Contributor(s):: Huang Yu Hui

    The main purpose of this study is to explore whether dog owners purchasing behaviors for pet goods would be affected due to their different lifestyles. First, the researcher conducts literature reviews, collecting relevant information to design questionnaires. Second, the researcher collects the...

  5. One-dog policy

    | Contributor(s):: Maija Astikainen

    The thesis One-Dog Policy consists of production and written parts. The thesis discusses pet dogs and the side effects of dog keeping, like decorating and dyeing dogs. The principle idea is that the dog is seen as a human-like creature. The thesis approaches images of dogs on the basis of...

  6. Commodifying Fido: pets as status symbols

    | Contributor(s):: April Plemons

    How are pets being used as status symbols to display social position and wealth? This paper seeks to theoretically examine pet owners and their use of animals to convey a message of social status, position and wealth. This will be done through an application of theoretical constructs by Veblen,...

  7. Animals without rights : a critical analysis of recent approaches in animal ethics

    | Contributor(s):: Boaz Sharoni

    Non-human animals suffer greatly and are exploited in numerous ways by humans. This is a grave injustice that points to an urgent need for an adequate framework from which to protect animals from mistreatment by humans. Although classical theories in the animal rights literature have existed for...

  8. The significance of companion dogs in the everyday lives of their human caregivers

    | Contributor(s):: Nandini Sharada Maharaj

    Using a qualitative design, the purpose of the study was to examine how people describe their relationship with their dog and what kinds of things they do that suggest this bond represents a meaningful relationship. Dog owners (N=27) aged 19 years and older were invited to participate in a focus...

  9. Being there : relationships between people with cancer and their pets : what helps and what hinders

    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Nitkin

    This qualitative research examined the little studied area of human-pet relationships and their impact on persons with cancer. The goal of this study was to gather information from individuals with cancer who had a pet during their illness and explore the helpful and unhelpful aspects of that...

  10. Abuse, Attachment and Animal Assisted Activities

    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Gallagher

    In the effort to take responsibly and effect positive change in the lives of our children, we must begin by identifying and applying the most effective methods to help them overcome obstacles to mental and emotional well-being. In conjunction with a limited number of quantitative studies,...

  11. The Altruism-Empathy-Perspective Connection: A Case Study of Human-Wildlife Interactions at Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Corvallis, Oregon

    | Contributor(s):: Kirsten S. Freed

    In the realms of psychology and sociology two new theoretical models have arisen to describe the forces influencing altruistic human behavior. The first is the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis (EAH), by C.D. Batson. The second is the Conceptual Continuum of Altruism (CCA), by K.R. Monroe. Both models...

  12. Dawn of the centaur era? equine-based human development and a new age in the evolving history of human-horse relations

    | Contributor(s):: Christine Clarke

    In the last decades of the twentieth century a new industry emerged from the practice of partnering people with horses in interactive activities for the purpose of mental-health therapy and human development. In the late 1980s, as various equine-based health and wellness practices emerged from...

  13. Equine Assisted Therapy Through The Eyes of a Child

    | Contributor(s):: Katherine McNutt

    The focus of this study was to gain insight into the experiences of children who participate in equine assisted therapy (EAT). The study used a qualitative child-based approach focused on accessing the perspectives of children and their experience participating in EAT. A thematic analysis...

  14. Interspecific attachment: social bonds between humans and their 'best friends'

    | Contributor(s):: Morag G. Ryan

    Attachment refers to an individual seeking and maintaining close proximity to another individual. Although, relatively few studies have examined attachment in an interspecific context the human-dog bond has recently gained a great deal of attention, as this relationship has been subjected to...

  15. Think Outside the Cage: Moving Towards New Understandings of Companion Rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Ruthann Drummond

    Rabbits are the third most common companion mammal in Western homes, and their popularity continues to rise. However, they are also one of the most broadly used animal resources around the world, commonly being bred for their food, their fur, and their utility as biological models in animal...

  16. On Lifetimes: Children's Experiences of Companion Animal Death

    | Contributor(s):: Joshua James Russell

    The purpose of this interdisciplinary research project is to investigate children's lived experiences of companion animal death within the Greater Toronto Area. The central research questions are: "What does it mean for children to experience the death of a companion animal? What do...

  17. Animal Dialectics: Towards a Critical Theory of Animals and Society

    | Contributor(s):: Zipporah Weisberg

    Building on the critical theory of the early Frankfurt School, Marxian psychoanalytic theory, and existential phenomenology, this dissertation argues that there is a direct correlation between animal exterminationism-or the systematic annihilation of animals as subjects-of-a-meaningful-life in...

  18. Accommodating the Animal: Domestication in Eighteenth-Century English Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Erin Parker

    Eighteenth-century English writers imagined domestication as the education of animals, as a mutually beneficial contract between species, as a form of cruelty and exploitation, and as an extension of hospitality. This study analyses how these diverse literary portrayals of domestication intersect...

  19. An Examination of Dog Ownership in the Promotion of Walking as a Form of Physical Activity and Its Effects on Physical and Psychological Health

    | Contributor(s):: Nikolina Margaret Duvall Antonacopoulos

    The low percentage of Canadian adults who are sufficiently active is of concern in light of the detrimental health consequences associated with insufficient physical activity. Two studies were conducted in order to explore dog walking as a means of obtaining physical activity and the possible...

  20. Signifying Difference: Muslim Experiences with Dogs in Canada

    | Contributor(s):: Johanne Horsfall

    There is a tendency for signifiers to be constructed within intergroup tensions as a means of distinguishing "us and them". Dogs are seemingly held as “man’s best friend” in “Western” society, and often defined as a symbol of certain cultural values not...