Cowpuppy: An Unexpected Friendship and a Scientist's Journey Into the Secret World of Cows

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Cowpuppy: An Unexpected Friendship and a Scientist's Journey Into the Secret World of Cows

By Gregory Berns

The bestselling author of How Dogs Love Us stumbles onto a special friendship with a cow named BB and sets out to crack the code of communicating with this most common but much misunderstood animal.

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Publisher: Harper Horizon
Publish Date: 08/20/2024
Pages: 248
ISBN-13: 9781400338801
ISBN-10: 1400338808
Language: English

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From the author of the bestselling How Dogs Love Us, a fascinating glimpse into the cognitive and emotional lives of cows.

When Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his wife decided to venture into sustainable farming in rural Georgia, they knew that cows were a key part of a successful operation. But that was where his knowledge of cattle ended.

As Berns and his small herd of three miniature zebus acclimated to each other and Berns received a crash course in being a cattleman, he turned his powers of scientific observation and innovation on his new charges. This wasn't the first time he'd studied animals through the lens of neuroscience; years earlier, Berns had applied his knowledge to man's best friend, resulting in two books and important advances in how we understand dogs' thoughts and emotions. Now it was time to see what he--and all of us--could discover about the interior worlds of cows.

In this moving and captivating memoir, Berns weaves together his hands-on experiences with his growing herd, accessible scientific explanations of animal behavior, and evocative portraits of the animals at the center of his study: the original bull, Ricky Bobby; the two mamas, Lucy and Ethel; and their sweet and spirited calves: BB, Cricket, Princess Xena, Luna, Walker, and Texas Ranger.

Whether cows are a familiar part of your experience or you're a city dweller longing for life in the country, Cowpuppy offers a deeper understanding of these complex creatures and what we humans can learn from them.

About the Author

Gregory Berns, MD, PhD, is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University. He has written for numerous science publications and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, CNN, and ABC's Primetime.

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