The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human–Canine Connection (Paperback)

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This feel-good, comprehensive exploration of the profound bond between humans and dogs from Jen Golbeck, the “internet’s dog mom” behind the massive social media platform The Golden Ratio, and award-winning science writer Stacey Colino “will bring something magical and meaningful into your life” (Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author).

Dogs have been considered people’s best friend for thousands of years, but never has the relationship between humans and their canine companions been as vitally important as it is today.

With all of the seismic shifts in today’s world, rates of anxiety and depression have been skyrocketing, and people have been turning to their dogs for solace and stability. Amidst these dire realities, something wonderful has taken shape. In the United States alone, dog adoptions doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As people have brought furry friends into their lives for the first time or seized this opportunity to deepen the connections they already have, they are looking to understand how owning a dog can change their lives.

Weaving together groundbreaking research and touching real-life stories, The Purest Bond is an “informative and fun” (Publishers Weekly) exploration of not just the social benefits of owning a dog but the science of how dogs improve our emotional and physical health, mental acuity, and our ability to focus and absorb information. Most importantly, they remind us of what’s right in the world—love, trust, affection, playtime, fresh air, and sunshine—even when so much feels wrong.

About the Author

Jen Golbeck is the “internet’s dog mom” and creator of the social media sensation @TheGoldenRatio4. A professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, she is a popular science communicator on issues related to her research on social media and dogs. Her TED Talks have been viewed by millions and she is a popular keynote speaker who has appeared on NPR, The 11th Hour, and more. Her writing has appeared in SlateThe AtlanticPsychology Today, and Wired. She and her husband rescue golden retrievers who are senior or who have special medical needs and give them a safe and comfortable life.

Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer specializing in health and psychological issues. Her writing has appeared in US News & World ReportThe Washington PostNewsweek, ParadeNational Geographic, and more. She is the coauthor of numerous books, including Count Down, Emotional Inflammation, and Disease Proof. Stacey is a lifelong dog lover and has owned three rescue dogs. Follow her on X @ColinoStacey.

Praise For…

“With real-life stories and scientific studies, [The Purest Bond] examines the deep benefits dogs have on our overall well-being. This is a fascinating, warm read for dog lovers.”
FIRST for Women

“Filled with anecdotes and science-backed research…this book is perfect for all dog lovers.”
Woman’s World

“[P]ositive, encouraging, and enthusiastic… An excellent addition to the field of canine cognition and emotional connection that is inclusive and easily digested.”
Library Journal

“[A] fetching examination of the benefits of owning a dog… Informative and fun, this is a treat.”
Publishers Weekly

“A charming, lucid exploration of how dogs can heal our bodies, minds, and hearts.”
Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668007853
ISBN-10: 1668007851
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English