A short while ago, Future Horizons put out a set of new release to add to its collection. One of those books is Autism & Dogs by Dr. Annie Bowes. To give you more background, Bowes is a woman living on the autism spectrum who was diagnosed later in life. She currently works as an emergency veterinarian and lives in Idaho with her husband and her dogs. She picked up her passion while being raised by a father who fostered her connection with her dogs.
In her book, Bowes discusses her autistic brain and her veterinary career expertise. She covers everything from selecting the right breed to dogs in mythology. She often talks about not being much of a social person and how she isn’t bothered with the idea of making friends; she would rather spend time with her dogs. Of these dogs, she describes her toy poodle, Bazinga, who often has her fur dyed different colors. She makes the mention of going out in public with her little dog who helps her socialize with other people. Additionally, she talks about how she never socialized as a little girl; she was home schooled and instead traveled around the world, receiving acceptance from her autistic father and spending time with her canine companion.
All in all, this Bowes not only is able to reach the autism community, but people who are interested in owning a dog. Beyond that, her book could educate those in the community who are unfamiliar with autism and the spectrum in general. Yet, I had expected Bowes to write the book in the form of an instruction manual where one could train a dog to work with autistics. I also expected to see more research related to autism and dogs. Still, this was a great read and it was wonderful to see someone take their passion and turn it into a career.