Wolves as Spirit Guides: Reality or Romanticism?

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   How does a woman’s experience finding psychological well-being from a wolf (Canis lupus) spirit guide contrast to that of a woman following a similarly romanticised quest with a …

A Guide Dog's Bell

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   The independence given to a visually impaired individual by their guide dog for the blind (also known as seeing eye dog; henceforth “guide dog”) can seem to slip …

Is musicality a uniquely human trait?

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   The nature-culture dichotomy has been partly fueled by the belief that humans are unique in their musicality. A simple definition of musicality can be difficult to agree upon, …

The Wolves and the Navajo People of North America

Here is one of the papers I submitted for my Masters in Anthrozoology which I wanted to share with you all:   The gray wolf (Canis lupus) of North America has played a key role in the creation stories and culture of the Navajo people of the Southwest of North America (Pavlik, 2014). Not only did the Navajo people have …

Our Need for Perfection

Photo by: Jessica Trinh Sometimes it feels as though the world is suffocating from a thick need for perfection. Social media is no help – we see the highlight reels of everyone’s lives constantly. TV shows, Facebook, Instagram… most of it is very staged and only a rare few will share their mistakes or „low points“ with the world. So even …

Are dogs persons? Personhood through the human lens…

Here is one of the papers I submitted for my Masters in Anthrozoology which I wanted to share with you all: Humans often accept dogs (canis lupus familiaris) as being somewhat human-like and part of the family (Shir-Vertesh, 2012; Blouin, 2013; Irvine, 2004b; Albert and Bulcroft, 1988; Irvine, 2004a; Irvine, 2004b; Beck and Katcher, 1996; Cain, 1985; Hickrod and Schmitt, …

Our Companion's Freedom

  „Can animals in human company be free in any meaningful sense?“ -Bekoff, Marc. The Animals‘ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (p. 137). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition. This question has been haunting me for the last few months. Owning pets is so ingrained in our day-to-day lives, that it becomes difficult to step back and view …

((Movie Review)) "Okja"

„Okja“ will bring a tear to every animal lover’s eye. When I pressed play and sat down with a snack, I never thought this movie would be so heartbreaking and emotional. I was not prepared for the rollercoaster ride of emotions that this movie would take me on. If at all possible, I will try to tell you about this …

The Five Love Languages Of Animals

The book „The Five Love Languages“ outlines five ways to express and experience love: gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch. Written by Gary Chapman, this book (The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate) was written for humans and how we can improve our relationships. These „love languages“ can be applied to our work …