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What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend by John Homans


John Homans adopted his dog, Stella, from a safe haven for all the usual reasons: fond reminiscences of dogs from his earlier, a accomplice for his son, an excuse for lengthy walks around the nearby. Soon sufficient, she is happily ensconced within the day by day workings of his household. And no longer simplest that: Stella is handled like a member of the family—in ways in which dogs of his early life were not. Spending humanlike sums on vet bills, questioning her eating regimen and exercise regimens, considering her happiness—how had this all come to pass, when the dogs from Homans’s childhood appeared fairly content material living mostly out in the yard?

In What’s a Dog For?, Homans explores the dog’s complex and distinguished location in our world and how it got here to be. Evolving from wild animals to working animals to almost human contributors of our social material, canines are actually the subject of great scientific research regarding pet possession, evolutionary concept, and even cognitive science. From new insights into what makes canines so interesting to humans to the well being advantages related to proudly owning a dog, Homans investigates why the human-canine relationship has advanced so impulsively—how canine moved into our households, our homes, and from time to time even our beds within the span of a technology, turning into a $fifty three billion business in the USA within the process.

As canine take their place as coddled family members and their numbers balloon to more than seventy-seven million in america by myself, it’s no shock that canine tradition at large can also be undergoing a large transformation. They are now subject to many of the related questions of rights and ethics as individuals, and the politics of canine are extra tumultuous and public than ever— with fierce moral battles raging over kill shelters, pet mills, and breed requirements. Incorporating interviews and analysis from scientists, activists, breeders, and trainers, What’s a Dog For? investigates how canine have reached this exalted standing and why they dangle such fascination for us. With one paw in the animal world and one paw in the human world, it turns out they have a lot to teach us about love, dying, and morality—and indirectly, in their closeness and difference, about what it manner to be human.

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Creator: John Homans Publisher: Penguin Press HC, .. Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 272

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