When Man Meets Dog

Author Christopher Blazina

when man meets dog

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Have you ever wondered why dogs are considered, ‘man’s best friend?’ In this book, Psychologist Dr Christopher Blazina explains the importance of the unique bond between men and dogs. There are widely-held beliefs that males naturally transition into a state of self-imposed seclusion and emotional detachment in adulthood. Even relying on another person violates the rules of being a man. When Man Meets Dog explores how the bond with animal companions bypasses many of these barriers, helping males develop into happier, healthier men. What a difference a dog can make!

It’s also important to discuss the other side of attachment: loss. Again, the mixed messages men receive lead to difficulties with managing grief. When Man Meets Dog is the first book to discuss men’s ‘continuing bonds’ with a lost animal companion. A continuing bond is a new way of reconnecting and preserving the memory of this unique connection.

When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose. Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.


“One man’s profound journey with his dogs that illuminates how men bond with their animals! A provocative and captivating book that pushed me to new places in my life with both my animal and human relationships. A book that is part personal memoir and part psychological insight into how bonds with dogs can produce special intimacies and healing in the dehumanized world we live. Dr. Blazina writes powerfully about what many dog owners feel but many times cannot verbalize. A must read for anyone who wants to more fully understand and enrich their bonds with animals.” James M O’Neil, PhD – Author of Men’s Gender Role Conflict: Psychological Costs, Consequences and an Agenda for Change

About The Author

Chris Blazina Ph.D. is the author/editor of six books including, A New Understanding of Mans’ Best Friend. This work reveals the current research linking the bond with canine companions to better health and well-being in men’s lives. In his sixth book, When Man Meets Dog, he writes about his own personal experiences with his animal companions and how they have shaped his notion of what it means to be a man.