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Heartfelt Connections, Many Animals Seek to Help Us


Anne Beall puts it nicely: She says it’s the human-animal bond that makes us human. Here, we talk about that bond, which she explores in her book, Heartfelt Connections.

Anne Beall

Anne Beall

Beall and I compare the differences between the relationships we have with animals and humans. Arguably the biggest difference is that animals are capable of unconditional leave.

Pet expert Steve Dale interview Anne Beall about her book Heartfelt ConnectionsSometimes, according to Beall, animals do have an intent to help us—and not only dogs and cats, but also horses, llamas, and others. She says she was surprised by her research that indicated just how effective many animals are at helping us. That help is strongly demonstrated through hippotherapy: the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment.


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