The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

by Jacky Colliss Harvey


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A unique and compelling exploration of why humans need animal companions — from dogs and cats to horses, birds, and reptiles — through the eyes of a New York Times bestselling historical detective author.

In The Animal's Companion, the acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead turns her keen eye for cultural investigation toward uncovering why humans have such a strong desire to share everyday life with pets. It's a history that can be traced back to a cave in France where anthropologists discovered evidence of a boy and his dog taking a walk together — 26,000 years ago.

From those preserved foot and paw prints, Jacky Colliss Harvey draws on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence to sweep readers through centuries and across continents to examine how our relationships with our pets have developed, but also stayed very much the same. Through delightful stories of the most famous, endearing, and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history, Colliss Harvey examines the when, the how, and the why of our connection to the animals we take into our lives, and suggests fascinating new insights into one of the most long-standing of all human love affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316466219
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 512,305
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Jacky Colliss Harvey is a writer and editor, and the author of Red: A History of the Redhead and My Life As A Redhead: A Journal. She studied English at Cambridge University and art history at the Courtauld Institute. She has worked in museum publishing and is a commentator and reviewer who speaks on the arts and their relation to popular culture. She divides her time between London and New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Regarding 1

1 Finding 29

2 Choosing 57

3 Fashioning 85

4 Naming 113

5 Communicating 139

6 Connecting 165

7 Caring 193

8 Losing 223

9 Imagining 251

Acknowledgments 261

Reading for The Animal's Companion 262

Notes 266

Captions and Picture Credits 284

Index 287

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