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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: As a kid, Laurel Braitman read Charlotte’s Web and suspected that animals really could talk. As a PhD student at MIT studying scientific history, she again honed in on animals in her research. But it wasn’t until she and her husband adopted a Bernese Mountain Dog named Oliver that animal psychology became the puzzle she most urgently wanted to solve. Oliver was inexplicably, uncontrollably anxious, snapping at invisible flies and shredding furniture when he was left alone. When he chewed through a screen, leapt from a fourth-story window, and—incredibly--survived, Braitman became intent on finding a way to help him. In Animal Madness, she shares how “one anxious dog brought me the entire animal kingdom.” Elements of memoir make the story more poignant, but it’s primarily a lively, deeply researched history and an unflinching look at the trauma of modern-day captivity in medical labs and faux-natural zoos. What she discovered about how animal minds go awry and the ways their disorders--from depression to anxiety to OCD and PTSD--look so much like our own (and vice versa) challenge and transform our understanding of the animal experience. What she discovered about how they heal illuminates how humans, too, can come back from the brink. --Mari Malcolm
Buy two - one to loan (you won't get it back), and one to read again.
Very interesting and well documented by I found some descriptions of human behavior leading to the animal's behavior very hard to read.
You will also feel empathy--for the writer, the animals she loves, the world she explores, and for yourself.
I LOVE this book! It is full of wonderful information written delightfully.Published 17 days ago by Linda Bramwell
This was a very intense read but essential for all pet lovers, everywhere.Published 1 month ago by B. Stuart
I trudged through to about halfway. Then I folded the pages and made a recycled book Christmas tree. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Ivey
Well researched, compassionate, thought-provoking. As a dog lover and owner of many a mutt (usually in packs of 3 or 4), I've seen many baffling behaviors and been hugely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 3DogMa
Interesting read. Starts off a bit confronting with the story of the dog on the cover (assuming it is the actual Bernese) but makes some very salient points about mental well being... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Archer
Don't be confused, this is a text book. It's precious, funny, sad and heart-warming but it's very educational, too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ginger Vidrine
I love books on animal psychology and was very eager to read this one. It didn't feel like there was any science to back up her anecdotes and the tone of the book was extreme. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer