The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)

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9781616572402: The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has long been interested in the relationship between humans and animals, and he's always been aware that there was something very special in our bond with dogs, more intense than with any other animal. No other animal loves us in quite the same way as dogs love us. And it is mutual. Is it possible that we developed the capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because of our long association with dogs? In The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving, Masson considers the far-reaching consequences of this co-evolution of dogs and humans, drawing from recent scientific research. Over the past 40,000 years a collective domestication has occured that brings us to where we are today-humans have formed intense bonds with dogs, and the adoration is almost always reciprocal. Masson himself has experienced a profound connection with his new dog Benjy, a failed guide-dog for the blind, who possesses an abundance of unhibited love. But Masson knows that the love he feels for Benjy-and that Benjy feels for all the people and animals around him-is not unique, but is in fact a love that only dogs and humans possess. With wisdom, insight, and a brilliant analysis of recent scientific research, the bestselling author delivers a provocative and compelling book that w (more...)

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestselling When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, as well as The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, The Face on Your Plate, and The Assault on Truth. An American, he lives in New Zealand.


“I greatly enjoyed this remarkable book, not only for it’s captivating narrative, but also for fascinating information which will surprise even those who love animals and are attuned to the natural world. Jeffrey Masson writes amazing books, and this one is true to form. It’s excellent.” (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs )

“In his story of Benjy, the dog who couldn’t stop loving, Masson does a thought-provoking job of leveling the playing field between us and other species while also posing fascinating questions about the emotional makeup of our closest companion in the animal kingdom, our dogs.” (Ted Kerasote, author of Merle’s Door )

“Masson is at his most personal and appealing in this book, especially when he writes about Benjy.” (Publishers Weekly )

“An enjoyable book for dog lovers.” (Kirkus Reviews )

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