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Temple Grandin's new book gets a grade of 'A'

January 18, 2009

The "Rocky Mountain News" gives CSU Professor Temple Grandin's new book a grade of "A." Reviewer Rebecca Jones writes, "This book is chock-full of astounding insights, from why dogs are more likely to get into fights than wolves, to why horses go bonkers at the sight of a garden hose, to why black cats tend to be friendlier than cats of other colors. There are also heaps of suggestions for concrete ways pet owners, livestock handlers, and others can improve living conditions for animals."

Powerful advocate

Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Sciences at the Colorado State University, has for many years been a leading authority on the humane treatment of livestock. With her new book, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals, she tells us that our pets have the right to the pursuit of happiness. 

Fort Collins discussion on Friday

Grandin will appear in Fort Collins on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 4045 South College Avenue. She will devote some time to a discussion of the book and then will offer to sign copies.

By the time Temple Grandin has completed her book tour around the middle of February 2009, she will have visited Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Core emotional needs of animals

In her book, Grandin draws on the latest research and her own work in identifying core emotional needs of animals. She then explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.

Reviews of Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson's new book, Animals Make Us Human, reveal that it has stirred and warmed the hearts of animals lovers.

What they are saying

A  reviewer on writes, "Animals have a powerful and eloquent advocate in author Temple Grandin, whose autism perhaps helps her connect with them.

"Autism made school and social life hard, but it made animals easy,' she explains. The subhead is Creating the Best Life for Animals, and that is the focus of each chapter.

 "Anyone who loves animals will find this information fascinating and useful. Animals make me happy. It is important to me that animals are happy themselves."

Entertainment Weekly writes, "Noted scholar Grandin — who believes her autism helps her understand animals — devotes equal space to domestic, commercial, and captive animals. For pet owners, her perspective is invaluable..."


Grandin's co-author, Catherine Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychology and the brain.  She lives in New York with her husband and three sons. 

Contact: Cheryl Miller
Phone: (970) 491-1442