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Re: Noted autisic author on animal emotions (audio).

Thanks for the link, CP. I really enjoyed her Animals in Translation...didn't realize she had a new book out.
 

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Re: Noted autisic author on animal emotions (audio).

I enjoyed Animals In Translation, but two things annoy me.

One - she is AN individual WITH AUTISM- that does not mean that every autistic individual who also likes/works with animals agrees with her on all points.

Two- being autistic is NO BARRIER to having (and using!) incorrect information- specifically, bald-faced (overo) pinto horses and dalmatians are not MORE prone to bad temperament because of their 'unnatural' spotting patterns. I know LOTS of nice baldfaced pintos and while dals CAN have temperament problems, I suspect it's more due to the fact that they're a guarding breed that was nearly ruined by BYBs.
 

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Re: Noted autisic author on animal emotions (audio).

I enjoyed Animals In Translation, but two things annoy me.

One - she is AN individual WITH AUTISM- that does not mean that every autistic individual who also likes/works with animals agrees with her on all points.

Two- being autistic is NO BARRIER to having (and using!) incorrect information- specifically, bald-faced (overo) pinto horses and dalmatians are not MORE prone to bad temperament because of their 'unnatural' spotting patterns. I know LOTS of nice baldfaced pintos and while dals CAN have temperament problems, I suspect it's more due to the fact that they're a guarding breed that was nearly ruined by BYBs.
Fortunately finding something interesting/enjoyable and being in total agreement with it are not one and the same :p Otherwise life would be rather unpleasant.
 

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I flipped through her new book at Barnes & Noble the other day. I thought it was very interesting. I'll probably buy it when it's out in paperback. Some things she recommends aren't really feasible nowadays (she thinks dogs and cats are better off mentally if allowed to roam freely. And it probably is true, just not possible in most places), but it was an interesting read.
 
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