Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal

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This inspiring, humorous, and touching book celebrates the beneficial effects that animals have on humans and describes how their healing potential is being increasingly acknowledged by the medical community. Animal Assisted Therapy, an important new development in health care, has already shown that people are statistically less likely to suffer an early heart attack if they have a pet, and that stroking an animal actually reduces stress levels.

This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg, says environmental psychologist Bernie Graham. Animal Assisted Therapy is now achieving amazing results in treating children with physical and mental disabilities by using trained dolphins in acquatic therapy. There are also programs that teach dogs to help the disabled by taking laundry out of the washing machine; selecting, unpacking, and paying for items in the supermarket; and even withdrawing money from the bank. Cats, rabbits, and dogs are now taken into hospitals to comfort the patients, and more exotic animals such as ferrets, donkeys, guinea pigs, monkeys, and even tigers are being used to bring hope to individuals, thereby enhancing human efforts.

Written with warmth and compassion, Creature Comfort looks at all aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy, including the theories behind it, to provide both a practical guide and a moving account of the many rewarding human-animal interactions. A must for pet lovers, health care workers, and anyone who wishes to benefit from this most holistic of therapies.

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Bernie Graham, an environmental psychologist, is a member of the British Psychological Society, the International Society for Anthrozoology, and the Society for Companion Animal Studies.

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"...celebrates special animals and the ways they make human lives better through animal-assisted therapy ... full of insight and compassion" -- Cats, November, 2000

"...focuses on different animals and the therapeutic benefits of their interaction with people with mental and physical disabilities" -- Advance for LPNs

"A must for pet lovers, health care workers and anyone who wishes to benefit from this most holistic of therapies." -- The Latham Letter, Fall, 2002

"Any pet owner will happily bore you about the relaxing benefits of having an animal about the place. This absorbing book, though, takes a serious look at the value to the disabled and mentally ill of interaction with animals. . . . Graham produces a balanced thesis and a successful mix of scholarship and anecdotal evidence." -- Daily Mail, July 9, 1999

"In this eye-opening and engrossing book, [Graham] shows that animals and humans have a great deal to offer each other and that this kind of holistic therapy should not be ignored or underestimated. What is more, Creature Comforts is a thoroughly enjoyable read, not just for those with a disability - for all of us. I defy anyone to read it and not be moved by his stories." -- Disability Now, July, 1999

"There is something spookily 'Far Side' about the images of human-animal relations conjured up in Creature Comfort. This funny and touching investigation of animal therapy steers well clear of sensationalism, and there is not a tinge of the kind of New Age guff you might expect from an author who makes a habit of swimming with dolphins. Yet at the same time this realistic, personal book is quite extraordinary, a study of how dolphins, horses, rabbits, dogs, cats and even goldfish can have a healing effect on the vulnerable, handicapped or mentally ill which has yet to be explained by conventional medicine." -- Books Magazine (UK)

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