REVIEW April 2002, page 2
As a follow-up on the discussion about
the dog's role in educating humanoids, this paper considers it fitting
to review a book which explored this subject in some detail and was published
as long ago as l996. The academic community should keep tabs on contemporary
ideas. The name of this book is "Animals As Teachers & Healers",
by Susan Chernak McElroy with forword by Michael W. Fox. While other
animals were acknowledged as having influenced humanoid behavior, dogs
were by far more important in this respect. McElroy has collected
many stories of incidents in which humanoids were helped, educated, healed,
and rehabilitated by canines. Her reflections include poetry, some
good photos, Indian lore, and a variety of inspirational material.
It behooves the canine community to
observe humanoid behavior on a day to day basis so that we are better fitted
to cope with, analyze, discuss and shape the relationship in a wise manner.