When Man Meets Dog is the first book to explore the meaning of the human-animal bond from the male experience. For men, the connection with dogs bypasses familiar male barriers that keep so many others at a distance. Come to understand the challenges men face in making bonds, and why ties with canine companions offset many of these difficulties.
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.
FeaturesThe first book to explain the human/canine bond from the male perspective
Explores the unique challenges men face in making and sustaining connections
How canine companions circumvent connection barriers common in other relationships
The messages males receive about being a man have direct implications for dealing with a range of potential changes and losses
Canine companions can be a unique source of comfort to men working through changes and losses
Understand the unique ways men face grief and loss
Discover how men form a ‘continuing bond’ with an animal companion; a new way to connect and preserve the importance of the bond
Learn about the varying ways men form continuing bonds with animal companions
A memoir with a purpose – enables readers to personally experience the bond through the eyes of the author, from his own experinece
Written in a conversational way while also drawing from the latest research about the positive impact of animal companions in men’s lives
About the author
Dr Chris Blazina is a psychologist, professor, and author. Specialising in men’s psychology, Dr Blazina is now applying that knowledge to an in-depth understanding of ‘man’s best friend.’ He has written three books focused on the psychology of men, and two additional books guiding researchers and clinicians about the importance of animal companions in our lives. Dr Blazina has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the United States and Canada, ranging from National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, to Sirius XM. He has been quoted in popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health, and in newspapers, such as the Huffington Post.
His latest book, When Man Meets Dog, is a memoir with a purpose, explaining the meaning of the human-animal bond from a male perspective. This includes sharing his own story about how two shelter dogs not only changed the trajectory of his own life, but how he redefines what it means to be a man in our society.