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Man Meets Dog (Routledge Classics) Paperback – May 9, 2002
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Lorenz not only enjoys writing but does so from both a practical and deeply knowledgeable orientation. In this book he describes the many remarkable experiences he had with his dogs and also gives plenty of practical adice: such as when to buy a dog, what sort of dog to buy, dogs and children, canine personalities etc etc. As with his other book "King Solomons Ring" the book is full of his wonderful little drawings which are most expressive of each character trait of his dogs and cats.
The book is simply invaluable as a guide to sharing your life with your very own devoted friend, whether it be a jackal or lupus dog. there is much that was unknown to me such as the previous distinction between dog types or the fact that a dog's eyesight is poor and that dogs are capable of lying, astonishing.
The book is worth every penny and then some.
Imagine my astonishment when I dug up a favourite old bone in a listless search on Amazon, Konrad Lorenz's `Man Meets Dog'. When I was twelve, this was already a buried relic from the 50s, which survived in my father's eclectic library. It articulated all my instincts about dogs and made a whole lot of new ideas sit up.
The impact of this warm, academic piece, read four decades ago, was such that I could, on reading it again, remember every detail.
Konrad Lorenz imagines, very creatively, how the dog was first domesticated and how ancient instincts form its (and the cat's) psychic, how this establishes their relationship with man and tells us a thing or two about what man's relationship should be with his dog and cat. Using personal anecdotes to denote scientific research, he leaves one unaware that you are accumulating knowledge, and the humanized and humorous drawings help along this illusion.
There are lots of modern animal behaviourists whispering about this very subject, but I have never noticed any acknowledgement for this charming pioneer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973 and who achieves `that miraculous state which is the highest goal of oriental sages' by venturing into nature with his dog and turning the expression `going to the dogs' into a spiritual experience.
This is one bone I'm never sharing again, so find your own.
A cursory look at my copy (Penguin Books reprint 1988) shows two "beatings":
p22:". . .a dingo . . .his manner changed entirely when he was about one and a half years olf: he still accepted every form of punishment, even a beating, without resistance, but, as soon as the business was over, he shook himself, gave a friendly wag of his tail and ran off, inviting me to chase him."
p. 100: ". . .Read more ›
Lorenz begins his rambling thesis with a chapter-long, vivid description of ‘how it may have started,’` it` being the special relationship between canine and Homo sapiens that evolved some 40,000+ years ago. Lorenz suggests that this relationship began out of a mutual need for protection. Bands of early humans in danger from large predators moved constantly in search of better shelter. Wild jackals and wolves trailed these humans, picking up the leftover food scraps. Their presence around the humans` campfires kept the more dangerous predators at bay. Humans realized and appreciated their services and rewarded the canines with a regular source of food. Thus, a sacred bond was formed.
Lorenz goes on to analyze the origins of canine fidelity. He argues that dogs remain essentially children and that we humans take over the nurturing role of the mother, the leadership role of the ‘pack-leader.’ In other words, dogs never grow-up says Lorenz which is why they are so devoted to us; they are forever dependent on us, not only for the basics of survival, but more so for the deeper needs of affirmation and guidance. Interestingly, Lorenz believes that ‘pack mentality’ is not uniform among all dogs.Read more ›
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I first read Lorenz maybe 40 years ago and was awed by his insight and charmed by his gentle writing style. He is still charming but I fear his insight has become dated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myron C. Mccormick
An English translation of the old classic - always fun to (re)read! The author combines a finely honed scientific mind with great powers of observation and empathy... Read morePublished 4 months ago by christine m kampny
Very accessible introduction to animal behavior by one of the founders of the field. Lorenz's love, respect, and admiration of dogs comes through on every page. Read morePublished 6 months ago by michael
I was planning to buy this book until I learned that its author was a member of the Nazi party during WWII. Read morePublished 21 months ago by WAReviewer
It is very well translated from German to English. Konrad Loprenz should be more published in the US including television informations about his work.Published on June 25, 2014 by Ruth R.
Konrad Lorenz was a highly respected scientist, and an originator of the field of ethology. So, one can relax and enjoy the stories he tells of the dogs he owned and loved over... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Karen Hay Kenah