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Our Faithful Companions: Exploring the Essence of Our Kinship with Animals Paperback – June 25, 2014
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This book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in improving the lives of both animals and people. Children should have pets to learn how to be caring. In today's busy world, some children do not get the opportunity to develop a relationship with a pet. This book will help convince parents of their importance. --Temple Grandin, Author
Our Faithful Companions is the class that I would have wanted to take from Dr. Aubrey Fine. His stories show how we learn about people and about ourselves from our pets: how they teach us about caring, compassion, patience, and empathy. The great spiritual and emotional connection that we have with our dogs jumps from his heart and off of these pages. Every day, my own dogs make me smile. In this wonderful book, Dr. Fine and his own dogs - did just that on every page. --David Frei, Author and Voice at Westminster Dog Club and National Dog Show
If you'd like to both celebrate the relationship between people and animals, and learn more about it, you could do no better than reading this beautiful new book from Aubrey Fine. --Patricia B. McConnell, Author
About the Author
Dr. Aubrey H. Fine is a well-known motivational speaker, educator, and author. He has been recognized by various organizations for his work with children and animals. He received his M.Ed. from the University of South Alabama and his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fine has been on the faculty of California State Polytechnic University since 1981, where he is currently a professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies.
Now a noted advocate of Animal Assisted Therapy, Dr. Fine has studied this field for over three decades with children as well as the elderly, and strongly integrates AAT into his clinical practice. He has published several books in the fields of animal assisted therapy, children and sporst psychology. Perhaps his best known works is "The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy and Interventions: Guidelines for Practice," now in its third edition.
In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Fine received the 2016 International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) William F. McCulloch award. This award acknowledges outstanding achievements of practitioners and educators in the field of human-animal relations, in particular Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), such as Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Successful individual applicants, organizations or projects pursue evidence-based practice approaches in agreement with the IAHAIO principles and strive for evaluating their results via objective outcome measures. A main criterion is the impact their contributions made to the positive perception of the field by the public and by decision makers and also, whether and how much their contributions were perceived at a regional, national, or international level.
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The contents are:
Foreword by Dr. Stanley Coren
1 Discovering the Heart and Soul of Our Faithful Companions:
Connecting Souls and Developing Kinship
2 It’s More Than Just Puppy Love:
Relationships That Support Our Health and Well-Being
3 The Role of Companion Animals in the Family
4 Relationships Are an Individual Choice:
The Baskin Robbins Phenomenon
Capturing Moments and Cherishing Memories: A Photographic Portrayal
By noted photographer David Sax
5 Much More Than Puppy Love:
How Some Companions Become Therapy and Service Animals
6 Magic: Take Me to Pooh Corner
7 Our “Forever” Companions:
Remembering and Cherishing the Bond
8 Never Be Afraid of Sharing Your Heart — Love Will Follow
Appendix: Paws for Thought—Cherishing the Moments
(Including a Healing Workbook)