When man meets dog, it leads to a unique friendship; one that can change men’s lives.
Chris Blazina, a professor at New Mexico State University College of Education's Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, has been conducting research into the relationship between men and their dogs, specifically the emotional attachments men develop with their dogs and how those attachments help them deal with relationships and grief.
Hubble & Hatie! The first to explore the meaning of the human-animal bond from the male experience.
Have you ever wondered why dogs are considered ‘man’s best friend?’ In this book, Psychologist Dr Christopher Blazina explains the importance of the unique bond between men and dogs. There are widely-held beliefs that males naturally transition into a state of self-imposed seclusion and emotional detachment in adulthood. Even relying on another person violates the rules of being a man. When Man Meets Dog explores how the bond with animal companions bypasses many of these barriers, helping males develop into happier, healthier men. What a difference a dog can make!
It’s also important to discuss the other side of attachment: loss. Again, the mixed messages men receive lead to difficulties with managing grief. When Man Meets Dog is the first book to discuss men’s continuing bonds with a lost animal companion. A continuing bond is a new way of reconnecting and preserving the memory of this unique connection.
When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose. Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.
When Man Meets Dog – What a difference a dog makes by Chris Blazina PhD is published later this month. Click here for more information about the book.