Our Faithful Companions celebrates our kinship with animals of all species and illustrates how this bond makes our lives complete. Examining the mysteries of why we connect with companion animals, Aubrey Fine integrates scientific explanations with personal anecdotes and testimonials to shed light on this unique love affair. Dr. Fine thoroughly explores why we create a bond with our companion animals and the role that these animals have in promoting a warmer and kinder household. Throughout the book, he has included testimonials that will shed light on this unique love affair.
This book will be of interest to anyone who loves or is involved with animals, and especially valuable to those involved in the human animal bond, therapy work, counseling, veterinary medicine, service or therapy animals, and related professions.
THE HUMAN ANIMAL BOND EXPLAINED AND EXPLORED
• Clear explanation of the human/animal bond and its many benefits
• How animal assisted therapy is being used to benefit many types of patients
• Pointers on selecting the right companion animal for your family
• Important parenting issues to consider when dealing with children and pets
• How to help children (and adults) handle the loss of a pet
• The latest scientific research and evidence supporting the value of companion animals in our lives.
Trade paperback, 6 x 9” 256 pages, color photo section, references, appendix includes healing workbook
AUTHOR AUBREY H. FINE Ed.D.
Psychologist Dr. Aubrey Fine has been in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for over thirty years. His work and insight into AAT and the human/animal bond has placed him at the cutting edge in the field. His greatest asset is his capability to translate his insights in a warm and receptive manner.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Fine has researched and studied the value of Animal Assisted Therapy with children as well as the elderly. In addition, he has strongly integrated the foundations of AAT into his clinical practice, which primarily focuses on the treatment of children with attention, behavioral, adjustment and developmental disorders. Over this period, he has applied AAT with a variety of children with diverse forms of etiology and has witnessed many moving outcomes as a result of incorporating animals as therapeutic agents.
Dr. Fine has been on the faculty of the California State Polytechnic University since 1981, where he is presently a Professor in the Department of Education. His leadership among faculty and teaching excellence earned him the prestigious Wang Award in 2001, given to a distinguished professor within the California State University system, in this instance for exceptional commitment, dedication, and exemplary contributions within the areas of education and applied sciences. Dr. Fine has received numerous other awards for his professional contributions including the Educator of The Year Award given by the California Learning Disability Association.
He is the editor of The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy, the most widely accepted book on the subject,now in its third edition (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2010), and has published seven other books, numerous articles, and video documentaries on related subjects such as parent/child relationships, learning/attention disorders, and sports psychology.
Dr. Fine serves on numerous boards and advisory committees related to human animal interactions, including the American Veterinarian Medical Association’s (AVMA) steering committee on human animal interactions, and the Board of Directors of Pet Partners (previously the Delta Society).
OUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS TABLE OF CONTENTS
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)
THE HEALING WORKBOOK IS AVAILABLE FREE TO THOSE WHO ARE PURCHASING OR WHO HAVE PURCHASED A COPY OF THE THE BOOK.
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ADVANCE REVIEWS for OUR FAITHFUL COMPANIONS
“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 dogs – 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.”
Voice of the Westminster Kennel Club and The National Dog Show
Author, Angel On A Leash
"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
The Other End of the Leash
“Fine, a gifted storyteller, brings to life the true connections with our fellow animals. Our Faithful Companions is a definite read for all animal lovers.”
Marty Becker, DVM
Author and Veterinary contributor on ABC's Good Morning America.
“Aubrey Fine guides us through the science of what our hearts have always known: animals are good for us.”
Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., CAAB
ASPCA Science Advisor
“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. Dr. Fine's book will convince parents that bonding with a pet is an important experience for their children.”
Temple Grandin, author
Animals in Translation
Animals Make Us Human
“Aubrey Fine speaks warmly, eloquently and even humorously about the human/animal relationship and the power of our animal partners to improve the quality of human lives.”
R. Stephen Browning
President & CEO
Pet Partners (Previously known as the Delta Society)
“In Our Faithful Companions, world-renowned psychologist and author Aubrey Fine, clearly and carefully explains why the social bonds we form with these wonderful beings are vital to our own health and to theirs. Dr. Fine relies on the latest science and also shares deeply personal stories that make for a powerful, compelling, and easy to read book.”
Marc Bekoff, author
The Emotional Lives of Animals
The Animal Manifesto
Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed
“A half century ago the stories in the book might have been topics for a Disney movie. Today, the ways in which animals can heal us in mind and body are the subject of scientific symposia and sophisticated research projects. Aubrey Fine guides us through the science of what our hearts have always known, animals are good for us.”
Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., CAAB
ASPCA Science Advisor
"Psychologist Aubrey Fine's book Our Faithful Companions: Exploring the essence of our kinship with animals is a wonderful read. Fine "celebrates our kinship with animals of all species and illustrates how this bond makes our lives complete [and] integrates scientific explanations with personal anecdotes and testimonials to shed light on this unique love affair. Dr. Fine thoroughly explores why we create a bond with our companion animals and the role that these animals have in promoting a warmer and kinder household. Throughout the book, he has included testimonials that will shed light on this unique love affair." This latest of Fine's book is a gem and will make you appreciate even more the animals with whom we share our lives."
Marc Bekoff, PsychologyToday.com