The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Many animals also display wide-ranging emotions, including joy, happiness, empathy, compassion, grief, and even resentment and embarrassment. It’s not surprising that animals—especially, but not only, mammals—share many emotions with us because we also share brain structures—located in the limbic system—that are the seat of our emotions. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors.

Managing Emotional Problems in Rescue Dogs

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Many dogs are rescued out of abusive or traumatic situations, causing them to exhibit a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t make great companions for the right adoptive family. However, with some patience, training, and most of all love, even dogs with horrific pasts can overcome their emotional obstacles and become healthy, happy pets.

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

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It is also clear that the authors envision a system where crows are more romping family members, like dogs, and less decorations in a cage like so many avian captives. The single greatest challenge facing any book of science writing is balance. It is vital to convey the full nuance of the facts, but for most readers the conventional ways of communicating those facts — charts, margins of error, carefully delineated hypotheses — come across as dull or incomprehensible.

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On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

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However, many of our concerns about modern food production stem from purely emotional concerns, in which we try to overlay our social mores onto sectors where they traditionally haven’t been applied. But his real agenda comes out later in the graph: "However it is imperative that we allow the most up-to-date scientific data on animal agriculture practices to drive the policy decisions we make, and extract emotion from the equation as much as possible.

How Pets Can Improve Your Health

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Expert cites scientifically-proven therapeutic, physical and emotional health benefits of loving and caring for a pet. But, pets also become bona fide family members with which we establish genuine relationships—incomparable emotional bonds that can have extraordinarily positive physical and psychological impacts on humans. Retirement, illness, death, and moves can take away close friends and family members.

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That Awkward Moment With Feral Cats and Family

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I come from a large family: five sisters, two brothers and almost everyone has kids. Most of my family lives in Indiana, but thanks to social media we can easily keep in touch. Case in point: some of my family members have become active with feral cat colony organizations. When the notices popped up on Facebook I initially hid them, figuring it’s better to pick my battles with my family.

5 Vital Questions When Adopting A Rescue Dog

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The decision to add a canine companion to your family is certainly a big one. With the growing awareness of pet overpopulation more and more families are choosing to adopt a shelter dog and save a life. Rarely do shelters know anything about the dog’s history when they first come in and the longer a dog lives at the shelter the more impact it will have on their emotional well-being. The longer a dog is at the shelter the more it will impact their emotional state.

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Getting sentimental: Birding at Baihualing, China

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On the other hand, another species – the Red-tailed Minla – is not a member of the Actinodura family. It likes to be in its own family, confusingly named Minla (of which the Blue-winged Minla and the Bar-throated Minla are not members).

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Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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Lees and Gilroy delineate vagrancy status and trends for every bird family worldwide, highlighting examples, synthesizing research, and framing it all with their own thoughts and conclusions. This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding.

Unlikely Healer Walks on Three Paws

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Once gregarious and outgoing, she withdrew from her family and friends, from everyone except her pet cats. Rather, he was a handy cat, one who could escape from all cages; one who could rouse his humans from a deep sleep as he played with anything and everything they dared to leave on the kitchen counter; one who could even, despite all odds, teach dog-only hearts to open up and love the newest member of their family. Emotional bandage,” which conveys some of his lessons.

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Nothing Funny About Cat Cruelty

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Not only do these poor cats suffer physical damage at the hands of their owners, but often they end up emotionally scarred as well. Advice For Settling A Rescue Cat Into A New Family. What is it about cats and the internet? I would struggle to name one friend on my Facebook account who has not at some point shared the latest Lolcats pictures or shred a grumpy cat memo.

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home Coming to Orlando

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With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves. Ask family members and friends who are unfamiliar with animal issues to join you in attending the festival events. From the makers of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

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Sneeze Prone? Top 5 Dogs for Allergy Suffers

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But as I began my search for a new family member at local shelters, I noticed that something was terribly wrong—I couldn’t hold the dogs I was considering adopting for more than 5 minutes before going into a sneezing convulsion. There is nothing worse that realizing your newly adopted family member makes you ill until you get home—bouncing back from home-to-home will damage the dog emotionally.

Welcome Home Mama & Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldiers Beloved Dogs

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Starting with Casey and Arrow, our keepers in the woods, our family would keep cats and dogs. He was drawn to their innocence, and their pure emotions. We both feel that even though we’ve never met these dogs, they’re ours, too; an extension of our family, someone to keep Peter smiling.

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Pet Foster Care Helps To Smooth Adoption Process

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What you need to know about fostering pets: Time and resources – A person or family must have the time, room and resources to dedicate to a foster pet in order for it to be a positive experience for all parties involved. Slow welcome to the family – If you have other animals or children, make the introductions to the foster pet gradually and only with supervision.

2011 100

82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Missouri

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The American Humane Association Red Star team will be assisting the Joplin Humane Society, whose staff is not only grappling with the magnitude of the disaster but has personally suffered devastating losses from the tornado and needs time off to attend to their families and what may be left of their homes. “The destruction and loss of life is overwhelming and the community will need help in rebuilding, physically and emotionally.

My Favorite Mexican Birdsongs

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It is not that close of a relative of the Northern Mockingbird , being in the same family, but a different genus. That emotional connection earned it my #2 spot. I recently noticed that one of our other writers had included an easy-to-use link to a birdsong recording in one of their posts. This has always been a wish of mine, since many of my favorite birds here stand out as much for their songs as for their appearance.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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Beloved family pet Dalmatian, Pepper, is stolen, and after several weeks of searching is discovered to have been experimented on at a hospital and died on the table when researchers tried to implant her with an experimental cardiac pacemaker. Engber writes of experimenting on cats and on the "furtive language" vivisectionists use to decrease the emotional impact of what they do.

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Birding Longcanggou, Sichuan

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Like many of the largest species within bird families, the Great Parrotbill looks somewhat plain, at least in the weather I encountered it.

Guest Post: Bonding with your kitten.

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Whether you have bought a kitten, or your cat has given birth to a litter that you intend to keep, you will most likely want to bond with the new member of your family. Some kittens will have certain things that they do when they are happy or when they want attention, for example, and by observing this behavior you will be able to pinpoint your kitten’s emotions better throughout its life, which is a wonderful bond that you can share.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Marybeth learns as she birds, embraces listing goals as a means of engaging with community, unabashedly enjoys a little competition, struggles to balance her absolute joy in birding with unexpected, life-and-death family obligations. Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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The 26 essays in When Birds Are Near are all about the real-life and emotional spaces where people overlap with birds. There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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A Tribute to a Wildlife Lover’s Support Team

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I routinely vow to put an emotional wall between the birds I care for and me, to keep in mind that a good percentage of them will not make it, and to realize my heart is already in pieces so I should protect myself from further damage. But he also left a family surrounded by people who shared their grief, who asked if they could help, and who were willing to talk about the ones they’d lost themselves. It’s a rough world for wildlife.

2015 78

Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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She drops a hint or two early on, but you wouldn’t really know it until the second half of the book: Zickefoose and her family were undergoing a fair amount of emotional, life-change trauma themselves, of several kinds, during Jemima’s residency. The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. Who knew?

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Marabou Storks

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Add that sense of impending doom to an atypical appearance and you get a bird that stirs strong emotions in people. This is a family site so I won’t mention the what it managed to extract from that bag of garbage. Marabou Storks are ugly/lovely. They have character. They are unmistakeable. I won’t expend too much energy trying to describe them… I’ll just let the pictures do the heavy lifting this week. Marabou Storks are gigantic. Twelve feet tall at the shoulder!

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Disneynature Earth Q&A

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Disneynature’s first film, Earth , which comes out on Earth Day (April 22,2009), follows three animal families across the globe. We just pulled back, and we pulled back, and we pulled back, and ended with this tiny, tiny dot in the middle of the wide expanse of the Artic Ocean, and it was a very emotional moment for me. It’s a beautiful film by the same directors that brought us the Planet Earth series.

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Corporate Branding of Birds for Conservation: A Modest Proposal

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” Glancing at the man who’d interrupted, I remembered exactly how his family first made their money and decided to move ahead quickly. Why shouldn’t you be emotionally invested in conservation, even though you’re literally invested in oil or coal or clearing the boreal forests or digging up rare earth elements or manufacturing single-use plastics?” I’d learned a lot since the last time I sat in a meeting room even close to this fancy.

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Selling Birds Short: A Heretical View Of Avian Intelligence

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Non-human beings have traditionally thought of on a basically immoral level…they lack any intrinsic values, are incapable of thoughts and emotions, and are only worth how good of a coat they make or how good they taste. The average (responsible) dog-owner does not think of his or her dog functioning on instinct, but as a organism with deep emotional ties to its family that seeks out pleasures and avoids pains… which, fundamentally, is how we people operate.

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A special Pied Oystercatcher

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By the beginning of September the family had decided to move north and over two nights they moved through the area on Cable Beach that is the busiest during the day. Although it would seem a risky move it was to get the family to a reef that is exposed on low tide to the north. The family stayed in the area and then left in late November. It was quite an emotional home-coming for me as I sat with the other shorebirds at high tide in the 38c heat.

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The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

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a close childhood friend of Lendrum’s, Howard Waller, breeds falcons for Sheikh Butti bin Maktoum, a member of the Dubai royal family. September 2017, Cerrado, Brazil.

Into the Nest: A Book Review in the Time of Nesting

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Second, reading about birds courting and parenting brings out the tendency to identify, which leads directly to anthropomorphism, the tendency to assign birds human emotions and thoughts. I’m happy to say that Laura Erickson and Marie Read have written a book, Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds , that is not too cute and that does not anthropomorphize. Producing a book about birds and nesting is a dangerous business.

2015 83

The Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Wish List

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They’d also have to pay for every aspect of care the injured bird requires, as well as the emotional suffering of the wildlife rehabilitator!”. Monte in California agreed: “I’d like some time just to watch healthy wild families.”. It’s August, and first on the menu is: Fried Rehabber. Summer is high season. The general public is out and about, birds and animals are raising their young, and human/wildlife interaction is at its peak.

Review of The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose

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It brims with humor, with depth, with emotion, and with deeply personal stories that transcend typical nature writing. But her family’s appearances throughout the twenty-five different chapters of the book are as natural as the descriptions of how she managed to get the nestling Chimney Swifts to eat or the decline of a long-lived Orchard Oriole. This is going to be a rave review.

2012 83

Birds and People: A Book Review

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It’s relatively easy to classify birds into family groups based on physical characteristics. We sing about them, we paint them, we use them as mythic and poetic symbols for our spiritual and emotional feelings, we wear them in myriad and often colorful ways, we adopt them as household pets. We view them as our enemies when they eat our crops and as an extension of our family when we see them at our feeders.

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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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Today I want to talk about how it also damages conservation by, in much the same way as other media does, by reducing issues to pithy statements, devoid of nuance and heavily laden with emotion, and shaping the opinion of millions as it does so. And don’t forget that Africa’s population continues to grow, putting more and more pressure on the land and many eyes watch the remaining wild spaces asking why the animals should have them and not hungry families. Hi there.

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Are you ready to get a dog?

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But, putting emotions aside, owning a dog is a massive responsibility and requires considerable thought before you make the commitment. Before emotions take over, you need to dig deep into the rational part of your brain. A dog should be a family decision, with the whole family promising to play their part in the care and love of the family pet. The idea of owning a dog is alluring for many of us.

2012 183

Herpetology Vs. Ornithology

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Hes only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasnt working as a union representative or spending time with his family. 4 Responses to “Herpetology Vs. Ornithology&# tai haku Mar 2nd, 2011 at 8:18 am as a herper/birder I’m going through conflicting emotions! Tags: Asides • Camping tents - Check out our pop up tents , family tents , and more!

2011 68

The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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It’s my fantasy and it’s yours: Quit the job, say good-bye to the family, and bird. how guides and drivers are found and where they live and what their families and homes look like, birder friends who accompany him on some legs of his quest, and the quirky people he ends up sharing beers with, in bars in huts on stilts. On the other hand, Phoebe Snetsinger’s memoir, Birding on Borrowed Time , becomes tedious because of her lack of emotional disclosure.

2012 79

Elegant Tern in New York State

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Seth and I made tentative plans to go looking for the bird again on the evening of the 6th but it seemed unlikely that I would be able to join him, what with family plans to go to the beach for the day. The whole ride out to the barrier beaches of Suffolk County was a series of emotional ups and downs as the bird would be found, would disappear, would be refound, and would disappear.

The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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We learn how Rist, homeschooled by his free-lance writer parents in the small town of Claverack, indulged in whatever interest captures his fancy, without many friends other than his younger brother, becomes captivated by a video of fly tying his father his using for research for an article (it doesn’t appear that anybody in the Rist family actually ever fished).

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The Art of Bird Camp

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Each year Hog Island offers programs, taught by a stellar staff of naturalists and artists, to groups of all kinds (teenagers, adults, families). It’s just we’re not sure how to respond emotionally.”. I have been working in the avian world for 25 years, but last summer I was out-birded by a 14-year-old girl. Actually, I was bested by an entire group of teenagers, all gathered – along with 36 adults – on Hog Island , Audubon’s famous camp off the coast of Maine.

2015 87

Make This the Year You Do Right by Animals

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Spend more time with family and friends. Spend more time with family and friends—I will do X in the evening with my spouse or partner, and I will do Y with my kids on the weekend (where you and your family and friends fill in the variables appropriately). When looking for ways to better ourselves in the New Year, we should look for ways to better ourselves physically, emotionally, and ethically.

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Terror from the Trees

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There are currently 10 species of Treecreepers that form the family Certhiidae, nine in the genus Certhia and an additional oddball in another genus, Salpornis. There are more features on the wings, e.g. regarding the exact shape of the pale primary tips and the contrasts between the outer & inner web and the tip of the largest tertial, but I guess the few features above demonstrate what American birders should get emotionally prepared for.

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