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The Grace of Dogs - A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul-logo

The Grace of Dogs - A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul

Andrew Root, Ph.D.

In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual." Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.

In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual." Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.
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In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual." Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Will Damron

Length:

4h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:37