Talking to Animals

Talking to Animals

How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You

Large Print - 2017
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New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz offers us a deeper understanding of the inner and outer lives of animals and teaches us how we can more effectively communicate with them, made real by his own remarkable research and experiences with a wide array of creatures great and small.
Eighty years ago, in 1928, author and naturalist Henry Beston issued an important call in his beloved book Outermost House humans must develop a more intuitive understanding of animals. But despite the book s continued popularity, Beston s call was never truly answered. We seem to need animals in our disconnected lives more and more, yet we understand them less and less.
In Talking to Animals , New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz who left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them.
Devoting each chapter to an animal from his life, Katz tells funny and illuminating stories about his profound experiences with them, showing us how healthy engagement with animals falls into five key areas: Food, Movement, Visualization, Language, and Instincts. Along the way, we meet Simon the donkey who arrives at Katz s farm near death and now serves as his Tai Chi partner. We meet Red the dog who started out antisocial and untrained and is now a therapy dog working with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we meet Winston, the dignified and brave rooster who was injured defending his hens from a hawk and who has better interpersonal skills than most humans.
Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and powerful, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals."
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017, ©2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432838270
Branch Call Number: LPE 591. 59 KAT
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 23 cm


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Oct 24, 2017

This writer thinks he can read animals minds and kills perfectly healthy animals ... NOT RECOMMENDED TO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER .. I have read every one of his book This man is neurotic ,,He thinks he can read an animals mind.. In every one of his books an animals dispatched after he writes a book about it,, Everything on his farm gets sick, becomes neurotic, and either is euthanized or taken out back and dispatched with a shot gun . All his animals become tiresome, but are milked one more time in death, until a new one is acquired and the cycle begins anew .just to find a new subject for his books,, .Dont believe me read these ..Any man who thinks his animals are telling him to kill them is neuritic.. , Some of these articles are wrote by the border collie association .Click on these…/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex………/1872515-jon-katz-s-status-dog-ex……/bedlam-farms-jon…

May 14, 2017

I've been reading Jon Katz for a lot of years. I remember his books on Lenore, Elvis, Orson, et al. I am so jealous of his life - "living the good life" with so many animals.

This book has a different underlying theme from the other books. I'll call it spiritual communication/connection. Katz was deeply engaged by Bowlby's work on attachment theory. Katz saw this as the entryway to visualization. That's pretty vague, I know. Katz had to do a lot of inner work on himself, bring himself and animals to a calm state and imagine what he wanted his critters to do. He kept at it, and lo and behold he succeeded. Some examples: he had a 3000 pound steer and was successful in getting the steer to "stay". His farming colleagues were utterly gobsmacked. Another example: Katz had an unruly and unpredictable collie and Katz's farm was near a road with fast-moving traffic. After working with his dog, using food initially and then visualization, the dog would NEVER even attempt to cross the road, not for anything.

Talking to Animals is Katz's autobiography much of the time, and biographies of his animals. Katz also gives examples of what happened when he, the human, really listened to what his animals were trying to convey to him. Sometimes it got a bit too woo-woo for me. But this was his experience, his truth, his way of seeing his life. He is sharing his journey and how animals made the journey possible.

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