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The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human–Canine Connection

A feel-good, comprehensive exploration of the profound bond between humans and dogs from Jen Golbeck, the “internet’s dog mom” behind the massive social media platform "The Golden Ratio," and Stacey Colino, an award-winning science writer.

Dogs have been considered people’s best friend for thousands of years, but never has the relationship between humans and their canine companions been as vitally important as it is today.

With all of the seismic shifts in today’s world, rates of anxiety and depression have been skyrocketing, and people have been turning to their dogs for solace and stability. Amidst these dire realities, something wonderful has taken shape. In the United States alone, dog adoptions doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As people have brought furry friends into their lives for the first time or seized this opportunity to deepen the connections they already have, they are looking to understand how owning a dog can change their lives. Now, THE PUREST BOND explores the benefits our dogs can have on our physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being, often without our realizing it.

Weaving together groundbreaking research and touching real-life stories, THE PUREST BOND explores not just the social benefits of owning a dog but the science of how dogs improve our emotional and physical health, mental acuity, and our ability to focus and absorb information. Most importantly, they remind us of what’s right in the world --- love, trust, affection, playtime, fresh air and sunshine --- even when so much feels wrong.

Audiobook available, read by Jen Golbeck

The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human–Canine Connection
by Jen Golbeck and Stacey Colino

  • Publication Date: November 14, 2023
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Personal Growth, Self-Help
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • ISBN-10: 1668007843
  • ISBN-13: 9781668007846