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Dogs never lie about love: reflections on the emotional world of dogs

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Americans have an intense love for their dogs: thirty-five percent of American households owned a dog in 1994, representing a dog population of more than 52 million.  "It hardly seems worth asking the question of why we love them," writes noted psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. "We love dogs because they love us, unconditionally.  No matter how we treat them, what we do to them, how little attention we pay to them, they are eager to please us, eager to be with us."  In Dogs Never Lie About Love, the New York Times best-selling author of When Elephants Weep shifts his attention from the jungle to the living room to explore the exotic and unchartered territory of dog emotion. Why do dogs bark? Why don't cats and dogs "fight like cats and dogs"? Do some dogs commit suicide from despair?   Drawing from scientific studies, legends and literature, and from the stories of dog trainers and lovers around the world, Dogs Never Lie About Love raises our level of consciousness to the rich and fascinating world of canine emotion.  The book demonstrates how our affection for dogs is similar to our love of children - how both live and feel in the present, and how children and (especially) dogs are eager to offer us unconditional love.  Most poignantly, however, Dogs Never Lie About Love, reveals that although dogs exhibit a wide range of observable emotions, love is their master emotion and is what guides and defines their existence.  In this provocative work, Masson  sweeps aside old prejudices on animal behavior and challenges scientists to resist dismissing the claim of canine emotion as anthropomorphism (assigning human characteristics to nonhumans) unless they are able to prove that dogs are emotionless animals. Heartwarming, inspiring, and always entertaining, Dogs Never Lie About Love is a compelling journey into the lives of dogs, told eloquently through the observations and experiences of Masson's own three dogs Sasha, Sima, and Rani whose delightful and sometimes odd behavior provides the means to exploring a wide range of subjects:  from emotions like gratitude, compassion, loneliness, and disappointment to speculating about what dogs dream, how they perceive humans and other species, and how their powerful sense of smell greatly influences their memory and experience of reality (humans have about 5 million olfactory cells, whereas dogs have up to 220 million.)  Dogs Never Lie About Love discusses why dogs are not finicky at the dinner bowl, why no breed is aggressive by nature, and the emotional significance of tail wagging. Dogs Never Lie About Love will captivate readers with its inquisitive, playful, and serious sides, giving readers a new understanding of the hidden world of dog emotion.  With compelling dog stories from around the world, Dogs Never Lie About Love offers long-overdue pause for thought about humanity's best and most loyal friend.
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Full title dogs never lie about love reflections on the emotional world of dogs
Author masson j moussaieff
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subject_facet Dogs -- Behavior, Dogs -- Psychology, Emotions in animals, Masson, J. Moussaieff -- (Jeffrey Moussaieff), -- 1941-
title_display Dogs never lie about love : reflections on the emotional world of dogs
title_full Dogs never lie about love : reflections on the emotional world of dogs / Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Dogs never lie about love : reflections on the emotional world of dogs / Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson ; illustrations by Jared T. Williams
title_short Dogs never lie about love :
title_sub reflections on the emotional world of dogs
topic_facet Behavior, Dogs, Emotions in animals, Masson, J. Moussaieff, Psychology