The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human
Historically, the relationship between humans and animals has been based on functional purposes. Animals have lived amongst us for two reasons: to serve our nutritional needs, or to act as workers, guarding our homes or herding our sheep. But if we no longer need animals for those purposes, why do we continue to keep pets? Why do we still keep animals in our homes when they don’t seem to serve any obvious purpose? In his fascinating new book, The Animals
Among Us, John Bradshaw answers both of these questions, exploring how our relationship with animals has transformed over time. He reveals how pets have played a large role in our evolution, meaning although humans have domesticated animals, they have affected and influenced humans in return. This is a fantastic and intellectual read, full of the rich anthropological, historical, and psychological reasons behind the meaningful relationships that have developed between humans and animals. A brilliant and illuminating book for anyone seeking to understand their relationship with their dog on a deeper level!