- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
Cutesy it may be, but book publishers are also seeing a market in anything to do with human/animal relationships. In the last couple of years we have purchased at least 35 – 40 books on this topic or the Library. Dogs seem to feature mostly, and are seen as the loyal emotional bearers of happiness and self-awareness that most of these books celebrate.
People who do not have pets will probably find all of this completely barmy, so I have included a few titles that will either change your mind, or just confirm your belief in the craziness of devoted pet owners, (of which I confess am one).
- The dog who couldn’t stop loving : how dogs have captured our hearts for thousands of years by Jeffrey Masson
- Making the rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
- Some we love, some we hate, some we eat : why it’s so hard to think straight about animals by Hal Herzog
- Forever Norton : the perfect cat, his flawed human and life’s greatest lesson by Peter Gethers
- Follow my lead : what training my dogs taught me about life, love, and happiness by Carol Quinn