Jessica Pierce Ph.D.

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Bioethicist and writer Jessica Pierce, Ph.D., is the author of Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets (Chicago, 2016) and The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives (Chicago, 2012). Additional authored and co-authored books include Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (New World Library, release date of Feb. 6, 2019, with Marc Bekoff), The Animal's Agenda: Compassion and Coexistence in the Age of Humans (Beacon Press, 2017, with Marc Bekoff), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals; Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases; The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care; and Morality Play: Case Studies in Ethics. Some of the questions she explores in her writings on death and dying in animals are: Do animals have death awareness? Why is euthanasia almost always considered the compassionate end point for our animals, but not for our human companions? Is there ever a good reason to euthanize a healthy dog? Why do people often grieve more deeply for their pets than they do for people?

The Yellow Dog Project

An innovative way to identify dogs who need some space Unfortunately, Bella is really cute. She has big Yoda ears, and a long tail with...

Understanding Aggression in Dogs

Mean dogs are not just born that way One of the most common reasons dogs wind up being relinquished to shelters, abandoned, or euthanized is...

Is Your Dog in Pain?

A new book will help you answer this question. By the time my dog Ody was thirteen, he had really begun to look like an...

Seven Reasons for Unsuccessful Human-Animal Relationships

When the human-animal bond fails We often hear the phrase “human-animal bond.” “Bond” seems to imply that all is warm and fuzzy and positive. But...

Is Your Dog a Stress-Eater?

A new paper examines emotional eating in companion dogs Food and feelings are intimately intertwined, often in ways that challenge our well-being and our waistlines. Emotional...

Why Muzzle Training Your Dog Is A Good Idea

Comfortably wearing a muzzle is a useful skill for all companion dogs. If you perform an internet search for images of “dog muzzle,” you’ll likely...

Too Many Puppies Are Acquired at Too Young an Age

A recent UK study finds disturbing numbers of dogs being adopted before 8 weeks. This is Poppy at Too Young An Age. She was only...

Give Your Dog the Gift of Enrichment

This Valentine's Day, show your dog love by giving her the gift of enrichment. Do you want to give your dog something truly special for...

More Dogs Going to Heaven Than Ever Before

A new study of pet cemeteries reveals shifts in human-animal relationships. Stephen King has established the pet cemetery (or ‘semetary’) in our collective imagination as...

All Our Dogs Are Socially Awkward Now

The pandemic has made dogs "out of practice" socially. In a recent essay in The New York Times called “We’re All Socially Awkward Now,” journalist Kate Murphy suggests...

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