Another excellent book by Dr. Gruen. As someone working for and with animals in a variety of settings, doing a lot of staff training, and very interested in the human-animal interaction and relationships I was immediately drawn to this book. The book discusses a different approach, where context and relationship are central in our interactions with different nonhuman animals, and how we might make ethical decisions concerning other beings.
It is an excellent read and offers a lot to think about, I am sure that I will read this book many more times. The book highlights the fact that our understanding, knowledge, actions, interactions and feelings are work in progress, and this is an important message. Keeping in mind we have to practise, to remind oneself that there is still so much to learn, understand, to feel, which seem obvious but it harder to achieve then we probably admit to.
As Dr. Gruen points out, "Entangled empathy is not something we can engage in without critical attention, practice, and correction. I think it is wise to add a good dose of humility to the process of empathizing and the actions that spring from it. In other words, entangled empathy requites work; in that work, however, lie great rewards."
I also enjoyed the personal stories and practical examples.
It is a very important book I hope everyone will read it, and also, practice!