According to legend, the Bible's King Solomon wore a ring that allowed him to converse with all the animals of the Earth.
Nowadays, the role of companion animals in human society is a matter of great interest. Indeed, in 1992 a new science was founded concerning the subject.
This book describes the changing perceptions regarding animals in ancient epic works, the Greek philosophers, the rationalists, Karl Jung, modern-day ecological movements and Eastern philosophies. This is followed by information on the taming of dogs and cats and a detailed analysis of the relationship between humans and animals. Also riveting is the presentation of the communication between animals and the accounts of the attempts by various scientists to teach English to parrots and apes.
There are also especially interesting testimonials concerning the beneficial effect of companion animals on the human health (e.g. heart conditions), on the rehabilitation of people with special needs (seeing-eye dogs, guide dogs for epileptics and diabetics, etc.) and on the support of problem people.
The authors of this volume -both scientists with sensibilities and a personal knowledge of their subject matter- show that improving communication between modern man and other living beings can enrich our lives and even possibly avert the ecological disaster looming on the horizon.