Temple Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also created the “hug box”, a device to calm autistic children. The subject of an award-winning biographical film, Temple Grandin, in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.
I downloaded this book one day because I was looking for anything about understanding the behavior of my three dogs better. I’d never heard of Dr. Temple Grandin. To my surprise, the book was not just about dogs and cats, but also horses, cattle, pigs, chickens and zoo animals.
I’ve now listened to the book twice and every time I do I come to admire this woman more. She writes in a common sense style that’s easy to follow. And the book is full of interesting facts. For instance, do you know why cats get stuck in trees?
Grandin writes a lot about the science behind proving that animals have feelings, just like we do. She talks about the Fear, Rage, Seeking and Play systems of animals’ brains–what stimulates and upsets them as well as what seems to make them truly happy.
After reading this book, I wanted more than ever to buy only humanely produced meats, as well. Dr. Grandin was instrumental in the audits at meat processing plants conducted several years ago by McDonald’s, Wendy’s and others. She designed systems to keep animals calm instead of fearful when awaiting slaughter.
In short, I highly recommend this book, both for pet owners and animal lovers in general. And especially if you have an autistic child, it is inspiring to see what someone with autism is capable of in her life’s work.
Here’s a video of her speaking:
You can get a copy of Dr. Grandin’s book at this link:
Joy Jones is a syndicated columnist living with her husband Dave in Anderson, Ohio. When not working on Your Pet Space, she writes a metaphyscial column called The Midwestern Buddhist as well as urban fantasy and humor. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as follow her on Facebook or Twitter.