What do dogs know about our lives? Antonella Boralevi's book tries to find the answer.
Of the 60 million pets living in Italian homes, seven million are dogs. Medical research has confirmed that dogs have a beneficial effect on family relations, on children’s psychological and physical growth and on their owners’ health plus dogs have an innate ability to forge a link with their owner’s soul and speak to them using an alphabet that this book tries to reveal. The book is based not only on the author’s personal experience with her rough-haired Dachshund Byron but also on neurological and biological studies on dogs and the words of philosophers, poets and writers. For the first time, this book tries to overturn traditional points of view: it is no longer a case of the owner teaching the dog but the dog teaching the owner. What does the dog in your life know? This is the question which Antonella Boralevi’s book tries to answer. These light-hearted and touching pages, a blend of the superficial and the profound, tell us what our dogs know about such universal themes as love, courage, forgiveness, rules, self-control, loyalty, imitation, death, friendship, patience, self-esteem, dignity, fear, sadness, sensitivity, enthusiasm, tenacity, empathy, silence, solidarity, curiosity, diplomacy, loneliness, anger, caution and goodwill.