All posts in Health & Behavior

Michael Hingson, author, inspirational speaker, 9/11 survivor

Michael Hingson—a former high-tech executive, now an author and international public speaker—recounts some of the experiences around the time of his last “Talking Animals” appearance, when he had published the book, “Thunder Dog: The True Story Of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero,” which immediately landed on The New York Best Seller List, later rising to No. 1 on that list. Read more…

Michael Shikashio, Prominent Dog Behaviorist Who Specializes In Aggression

Michael Shikashio—a dog behaviorist whose credentials include serving as past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), reportedly one of fewer than 200 CDBCs worldwide—describes growing up in “a Japanese family,” so they had dogs, but the pooches were required to live outside. Read more…

Jeffrey Masson, author, most recently of “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets.”

Jeffrey Masson—the New York Times bestselling author of books about animals and their emotions, including “When Elephants Weep” and “Dogs Never Lie About Love”—explains how being on the cusp of turning 80, and contemplating his own mortality, formed the chief impetus for writing his new book, “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets.” Read more…

Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, professor, speaker, musician

Dr. Neal Barnard—founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, among other notable hats he wears—recalls growing up not particularly interested in being a doctor, like his Dad, then after becoming more inclined to pursue medicine, initially veering toward psychiatry. Read more…

Michelle Gadd, elephant expert, head of global conservation for Walters Conservation

Michelle Gadd—who heads global conservation for Walters Conservation, created and funded by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter, and owner of White Oak Conservation, a 17,000-acre spread in northeastern Florida, which houses and cares for endangered and threatened species, among other animals—recounts how, at 19, she embarked on a three-month study abroad program in Africa…and ended up staying about 13 years. Read more…