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Thursday, May 21, 2015
DOGS AND BABIES: PAVING THE WAY TO A LIFETIME OF FRIENDSHIP by guest blogger Michael Wombacher, author of GOOD DOG, HAPPY BABY
By Samy AbulEla

Here’s a sobering statistic: 80 percent of all dog bites happen to children under five, and 80 percent of those are directly on the face. Ouch! Considering that dogs have, as I like to say, worked their way from the backyard to the bedroom in the past fifty years, participating and playing an ever-greater role in every aspect of our lives, including those involving children, this situation sorely needs redress. So let’s take a quick look at some common scenarios and important precautions we can implement to safeguard our dog’s interactions with children.(READ MORE)

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Friday, October 17, 2014
HORSE MEDICINE: A Conversation with Author and Photographer Tony Stromberg
By Samy AbulEla
After more than a decade as one of San Francisco’s top commercial photographers, Tony Stromberg followed an inner yearning for more space and stillness and moved to New Mexico to pursue his true passion in fine art photography of his favorite subject, the horse.

After his first two photography books, Spirit Horses and The Forgotten Horses, were published, he received innumerable emails from people praising his photos for how they capture the pure spirit, the essence of the horse. What really amazed him was that many who wrote were not horse people at all.

What is it about horses that draws people in so deeply? Why is it that horses hold meaning and symbolism across cultures around the world? Why do so many experience horses as not just beautiful creatures but wise and healing teachers? These are some of the questions that Stromberg set out to answer in his beautiful new book, Horse Medicine, which more than meets his goal of highlighting and honoring the mysterious ways horses and humans can “bring out the best, the highest, and the most powerful in one another.”
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Old Brains, New Bottlenecks, and Animals: Solastalgia and Our Relationship with Other Beings by guest blogger Marc Bekoff
By Samy AbulEla

A few days ago one of my colleagues, Philip Tedeschi, founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, reminded me of a very interesting and important New York Times essay concerning our relationship with nature in which the concept of “solastalgia” was discussed.

While the concept seems to apply more to our relationship with landscapes, describing the pain we feel when we witness and feel their destruction, I had also written about solastalgia in my book Minding Animals concerning our relationships with nonhuman animals, who surely are an integral part of natural landscapes.

 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mirroring: A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Animals by guest blogger Marta Williams
By Samy AbulEla

Our animals can reflect our thoughts, feelings, physical maladies, and even the significant issues we are dealing with in our lives. A common example of this is a dog who acts hyper and aggressive around other dogs when with the owner but who is calm and friendly when handled by a calm and confident trainer. It’s easy to see that in this situation the dog is picking up and reflecting the owner’s fears that the dog will be aggressive, and conversely, the trainer’s confidence that the dog can be calm and have fun with other dogs.(READ MORE)

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Thursday, June 09, 2011
The Natural Vet’s Advice for Pets and Their People
By Samy AbulEla

The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

by Shawn Messonnier, DVM

This comprehensive new book offers holistic solutions from one of the world’s leading authorities on integrative care for pets.

When your dog or cat is limping in pain or has trouble exercising, you need answers. The problem may be arthritis, common in dogs and increasingly prevalent in cats.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Six Reasons to Expand Your Compassion Footprint
By Marc Bekoff

Our relationships with nonhuman animals are complicated, frustrating, ambiguous, and paradoxical. When people tell me that they love animals and then harm or kill them, I tell them I’m glad they don’t love me. We observe animals, gawk at them in wonder, experiment on them, eat them, wear them, write about them, draw and paint them, move them from here to there as we “redecorate nature.”

People are starting to pay attention to their carbon footprint — how their lifestyle choices tread on the earth. We need to also pay attention to our compassion footprint. In their own ways, animals are constantly asking us to treat them better or leave them alone, and they’re fully justified in making this request. If they could put the request into words, what might their manifesto look like?

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