Animal and Human Relationships

Read true stories about the nature of animals and their amazing relationships with humans. These books are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind : New Adventures with My Sad Cat and Other Feline FriendsClose Encounters of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox
A British cat-lover moves to an old cottage in the countryside of Devon and shares reflections of daily life with his feline roommates, the local cats and human encounters.

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself by Julie Barton
Nothing seemed to help a troubled young woman sinking into suicidal depression until she adopted a golden retriever puppy and began a slow path to recovery.

Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter
Unlikely pig owners got a whole lot more than they bargained for when they adopted a designer micro piglet that turned out to be a full-sized, 600-pound sow.

Free Days with George: Life’s Lesson’s Learned from One Very Big Dog by Colin Campbell
Shocked and heartbroken after his wife of many years left him, a man adopted a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland that helped him embrace hope and happiness.

When Fraser Met Billy : An Autistic Boy, a Rescue Cat, and the Transformative Power of Animal ConnectionsWhen Fraser Met Billy: An Autistic Boy, a Rescue Cat and the Transformative Power of Animal Connections by Louise Booth
A grey shelter cat helped the author’s child, diagnosed with autism and a condition that affected his ability to walk and use his hands, to evolve into a calmer, less moody toddler with a bright future.

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home by Pauls Toutonghi
Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, the author’s six-year-old golden retriever mix with Addison’s disease bolted into the woods leaving the family twenty-three days to find the dog or he would die.

Love, Animals, and Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel with Cynthia J. Hurn
Ground-breaking surgeon and cancer specialist shares tales of animals as teachers and messengers, doctors and nurses, miracle workers, and clowns.

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life by Joan Chittister
Inspirational writer offers heart-warming stories and thought-provoking stories about sharing life with an animal companion.

Pound for Pound : A Story of One Woman's Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to LifePound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp
Eating-disorder survivor and animal welfare advocate shares how she overcame the disease of bulimia with the help of the shelter dogs she cared for.

The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird by Tom Michell
While teaching at a boarding school in Argentina, the author took a weekend trip to Uruguay where he rescued a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill.

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love by Melissa Fay Greene
A severely disabled woman began training her own service dogs after she was deemed “too disabled”.

Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live and How We Can Make Their Lives Better by Tracey Stewart
Moving from home to the backyard to a farm sanctuary, the author provides insight into the kindest ways to live with and alongside animals.

Buster : The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand LivesBuster: The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives by RAF Police Flight Sergeant Will Barrow
An English springer spaniel’s Royal Air Force police partner describes Buster’s heroic feats during five tours of duty, including sniffing out explosive vests that led to the arrests of two suicide bombers in Afghanistan.

Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry by Nicholas H. Dodman
Pioneering veterinarian and research scientist recognizes that humans and other animals share the same neurochemistry and shares example like a racehorse with Tourette’s Syndrome, dogs with epilepsy, cats with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, parrots with anxiety and a Bull Terrier with autism.

September 23, 2016