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Articles on Companion Animals

This is a collection of articles on Companion Animals from the Society & Animals Journal in relation to the studies of the human-animal relationship.  The Society & Animals Journal is academic journal that publishes studies that describe and analyze our experiences of non-human animals from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities.


Anderson, P. K. (2003). A bird in the house: An anthropological perspective on companion parrots. Society & Animals, 11(4), 393-418.

A Companion Animal in a Work Simulation: The Roles of Task Difficulty and Prior Companion-Animal Guardianship in State Anxiety. Anna Stewart; Oriel Strickland. Volume 21, Issue 3, pages: 249 –265.

An Examination of the Possible Benefits for Well-Being Arising from the Social Interactions that Occur while Dog Walking. Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos and Timothy A. Pychyl. Volume 22, Issue 5, pages: 459 –480.

And Say the Cat Responded? Getting Closer to the Feline Gaze. Kara White. Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 93 – 104.

Animal Domestication in Geographic Perspective. Kay Anderson. Volume 6, Issue 2, pages: 119 –135.

Anthropomorphism and Anthropomorphic Selection – Beyond the ‘Cute Response,’. James Serpell. Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 83 – 100.

Attitudes Toward Animals: The Effect Of Priming Thoughts Of Human-Animal Similarities And Mortality Salience On The Evaluation Of Companion Animals. Ruth Beatson; Stephen Loughnan; Michael Halloran. Volume 17, Issue 1, pages: 72 –89.

Battered Women and Their Animal Companions: Symbolic Interaction Between Human and Nonhuman Animals. Clifton P. Flynn. Volume 8, Issue 2, pages: 99 –127.

Beyond Mead: Symbolic Interaction Between Humans and Felines. Janet M. Alger and Steven F. Alger. Volume 5, Issue 1, pages: 65 –81.

Cat Culture, Human Culture: An Ethnographic Study of a Cat Shelter. Janet M. Alger and Steven F. Alger. Volume 7, Issue 3, pages: 199 –218.

Catching the Rat: Understanding Multiple and Contradictory Human-Rat Relations as Situated Practices. Koen Beumer. Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 8 – 25.

Child-Animal Interaction: Nonverbal Dimensions. Olin Eugene Myers, Jr.. Volume 4, Issue 1, pages: 19 –35.

Childhood Socialization and Companion Animals: United States, 1820-1870. Katherine C. Grier. Volume 7, Issue 2, pages: 95 –120.

Companion Animal Attitude and its Family Pattern in Kuwait. Ghenaim Al-Fayez, Abdelwahid Awadalla, Donald I. Templer, and Hiroko Arikawa. Volume 11, Issue 1, pages: 17 –28.

Companions at a Distance: Technoscience, Blood, and the Horseshoe Crab. Priska Gisler; Mike Michael. Volume 19, Issue 2, pages: 115 –136.

Cooling Out the Mark in Companion Animal Adoption. Carol Y. Thompson and Robert L. Young. Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 333 – 351.

Correlates of Compatibility and Attachment in Human-Companion Animal Relationships. R. Claire Budge, J. Spicer, B. Jones, and R. St. George. Volume 6, Issue 3, pages: 219 –234.

Cremation Services upon the Death of a Companion Animal: Views of Service Providers and Service Users. Anna Chur-Hansen. Volume 19, Issue 3, pages: 248 –260.

Cross-Cultural Comparison Of Student Attitudes Toward Snakes. Pavol Prokop; Murat Özel; Muhammet Uşak. Volume 17, Issue 3, pages: 224 –240.

Death of a Companion Cat or Dog and Human Bereavement: Psychosocial Variables. Lynn A. Planchon, Donald I. Templer, Shelly Stokes, and Jacqueline Keller. Volume 10, Issue 1, pages: 93 –105.

Differences and Similarities in Humans’ Perceptions of the Thinking and Feeling of a Dog and a Boy. Jeffrey Lee Rasmussen and D.W. Rajecki. Volume 3, Issue 2, pages: 117 –137.

Differences in Evaluation of a Dog’s Temperament by Individual Members of the Same Household. Tomáš Jakuba; Zuzana Polcová; Denisa Fedáková; Jana Kottferová; Jana Mareková; Magdaléna Fejsáková; Olga Ondrašovičová and Miloslav Ondrašovič. Volume 21, Issue 6, pages: 582 –589.

Dog Duty. Rebecca Hanrahan. Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 379 – 399.

Dogs and Human Beings: A Story of Friendship. Sophia Menache. Volume 6, Issue 1, pages: 67 –86.

Dogs: A Continuing And Common Neighborhood Nuisance Of New Providence, The Bahamas. William J. Fielding. Volume 16, Issue 1, pages: 61 –73.

Domestic Violence and Dog Care in New Providence, The Bahamas. William J. Fielding. Volume 18, Issue 2, pages: 183 –203.

Emily Brontë and Dogs: Transformation Within the Human-Dog Bond. Maureen B. Adams. Volume 8, Issue 2, pages: 167 –181.

Forty-two Thousand and One Dalmatians: Fads, Social Contagion, and Dog Breed Popularity. Herzog, Harold. Volume 14, Issue 4, pages: 383 –397.

Functions of Repetitive Talk to Dogs During Play: Control, Conversation, or Planning? Robert W. Mitchell and Elizabeth Edmonson. Volume 7, Issue 1, pages: 55 –81.

Give a Dog a Bad Name and Hang Him: Evaluating Big, Black Dog Syndrome. Lucinda Woodward; Jennifer Milliken; Sonya Humy. Volume 20, Issue 3, pages: 236 –253.

Good Dog: Aspects of Humans’ Causal Attributions for a Companion Animal’s Social Behavior. D. W. Rajecki, Jeffrey Lee Rasmussen, Clinton R. Sanders, Susan J. Modlin, and Angela M. Holder. Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 17 – 34.

Guest Editors’ Introduction. Traci Warkentin and Gavan P.L. Watson. Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 1 – 7.

Herpetofauna Pet-Keeping by Secondary School Students: Causes for Concern. Ian Bride. Volume 6, Issue 1, pages: 31 –46.

How Wild Do We Want It? “Wiley” Coyote Versus Fluffy. Arlene Plevin. Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 80 – 101.

Human-Nonhuman Animal Relationships in Australia: An Overview of Results from the First National Survey and Follow-up Case Studies 2000-2004. Adrian Franklin. Volume 15, Issue 1, pages: 7 –27.

It’s a Dog’s Life: Elevating Status from Pet to “Fur Baby” at Yappy Hour. Jessica Greenebaum. Volume 12, Issue 2, pages: 117 –135.

Longitudinal Study of Dutch Children’s Attachment to Companion Animals. Nienke Endenburg; Hein A. van Lith and Jolle Kirpensteijn. Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 390 – 414.

Metaphoric Relationships with Pets. Russell W. Belk. Volume 4, Issue 2, pages: 121 –145.

More Than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community. Lisa J. Wood; Billie Giles-Corti; Max K. Bulsara; Darcy A. Bosch. Volume 15, Issue 1, pages: 43 –56.

On the Fringe: The Positions of Dogs in Finnish Dog Training Culture. Leena Koski and Pia Bäcklund. Volume 23, Issue 1, pages: 24 –44.

On Wild Animals, Hubris, and Redemption. Susan Nance. Volume 20, Issue 4, pages: 401 –407.

People And Their Pets: A Relational Perspective On Interpersonal Complementarity And Attachment In Companion Animal Owners. Lucinda E. Woodward; Amy L. Bauer. Volume 15, Issue 2, pages: 169 –189.

Perceived Best Ages for Cats, Dogs, and Humans: Comparisons across Species, Human Age, and Human Gender. Sara Staats; Tara Anderson; Heidi Wallace; Debby Miller. Volume 18, Issue 3, pages: 273 –290.

Perceptions of Family Violence: Are Companion Animals in the Picture. Carol D. Raupp, Mary Barlow and Judith A. Oliver. Volume 5, Issue 3, pages: 219 –237.

Pernicious Portrayals: The Impact of Children’s Attachment to Animals of Fiction on Animals of Fact. Anderson, Marla V.; Henderson, Antonia J.Z.. Volume 13, Issue 4, pages: 297 –314.

Pet Attachment and Dissociation. Sue-Ellen Brown and Aaron H. Katcher. Volume 9, Issue 1, pages: 25 –41.

Pet Ownership and Adults’ Views on the Use of Animals. Deborah L. Wells and Peter G. Hepper. Volume 5, Issue 1, pages: 45 –63.

Physical Cruelty Toward Animals in Massachusetts, 1975-1996. Arnold Arluke and Carter Luke. Volume 5, Issue 3, pages: 195 –204.

Potential Benefits of Canine Companionship for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stephen L. Stern; D. Allen Donahue; Sybil Allison; John P. Hatch; Cynthia L. Lancaster; Trisha A. Benson; Allegro L. Johnson; Matthew D. Jeffreys; Denise Pride; Carlos Moreno and Alan L. Peterson. Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 568 – 581.

Princely Companion or Object of Offense? The Dog’s Ambiguous Status in Islam. Jenny Berglund. Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 545 – 559.

Punish And Forgive: Causal Attribution And Positivity Bias In Response To Cat And Dog Misbehavior. D. W. Rajecki; Jeffrey Lee Rasmussen; Travis J. ConnerVolume 15, Issue 4, pages: 311 –328.

Reasons For Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) From Two Populations. Sara Staats; Heidi Wallace; Tara Anderson. Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 279 – 291.

Reflections on Rocky. Morris B. Holbrook. Volume 4, Issue 2, pages: 147 –168.

Regarding Rocky: A Theoretical and Ethnographic Exploration of Interspecies Intersubjectivity. Robert L. Young. Volume 21, Issue 3, pages: 294 –313.

Safe in Unsafe Places: Leisure, Passionate Avocations, and the Problematizing of Everyday Public Life. Dair L. Gillespie, Ann Leffler, and Elinor Lerner. Volume 4, Issue 2, pages: 169 –188.

Situated Activities in a Dog Park: Identity and Conflict in Human-Animal Space. Patrick Jackson. Volume 20, Issue 3, pages: 254 –272.

Tails of Laughter: A Pilot Study Examining the Relationship between Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) and Laughter. Valeri, Robin Maria. Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 275 – 293.

Teaming Incarcerated Youth with Shelter Dogs for a Second Chance. Tami Harbolt and Tamara H. Ward. Volume 9, Issue 2, pages: 177 –182.

The Abuse of Animals and Domestic Violence: A National Survey of Shelters for Women who are Battered. Frank R. Ascione, Claudia V. Weber, and David S. Wood. Volume 5, Issue 3, pages: 205 –218.

The Ambiguous Terrain of Petkeeping in Children’s Realistic Animal Stories. Kathleen R. Johnson. Volume 4, Issue 1, pages: 1 –17.

The Children’s Treatment of Animals Questionnaire (CTAQ): A Psychometric Investigation. Kelly L. Thompson and Eleonora Gullone. Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 1 – 15.

The Loss of Animal Companions: A Humanistic and Consumption Perspective. Debra Lynn Stephens and Ronald Paul Hill. Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 189 – 210.

The Dog Fancy at War: Breeds, Breeding, and Britishness, 1914-1918. Philip Howell. Volume 21, Issue 6, pages: 546 –567.

The Making of the “First Dog”: President Warren G. Harding and Laddie Boy. Pycior, Helena. Volume 13, Issue 2, pages: 109 –138.

The Possible Role of Companion-Animal Anthropomorphism and Social Support in the Physical and Psychological Health of Dog Guardians. Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos; Timothy A. Pychyl. Volume 18, Issue 4, pages: 379 –395.

Treasuring, Trashing, or Terrorizing: Adult Outcomes of Childhood Socialization with Companion Animals. Carol D. Raupp. Volume 7, Issue 2, pages: 141 –159.

Variations in Pet Attachment among Students at an American School of Veterinary Medicine. Sue-Ellen Brown. Volume 11, Issue 1, pages: 101 –102.

Views of College Students on Pit Bull “Ownership”: New Providence, The Bahamas. Burrows, Tyrone J.; Fielding, William J.. Volume 13, Issue 2, pages: 139 –152.

Wild Animals and Other “Pets” Kept in Costa Rican Households: Incidence, Species, and Numbers. Carlos Drews. Volume 9, Issue 2, pages: 107 –126.

Women And The World Of Dog Rescue: A Case Study Of The State Of Michigan. Andrei S. Markovits; Robin Queen. Volume 17, Issue 4, pages: 325 –342.

Companion Animals in Thailand , Samia R. Toukhsati; Clive J.C. Phillips; Anthony L. Podberscek, Society & Animals, Vol 23, No. 6

The “Pet Effect” , Evangeline A. Wheeler and Margaret E. Faulkner, Society & Animals, Vol 23, No. 5

Considering Companion Animals , Dawna Komorosky; Dianne Rush Woods and Kristine Empie, Society & Animals, Vol 23, No. 3

On the Fringe: The Positions of Dogs in Finnish Dog Training Culture, Leena Koski and Pia Bäcklund, Society & Animals, Vol 23, No 1 (2015)

The Economics of the Right to Keep a Dog , Yung Yau and Shuk Man Chiu, Society & Animals, Vol 23, No. 4

Companion Animals in Thailand , Samia R. Toukhsati; Clive J.C. Phillips; Anthony L. Podberscek

Considering Companion Animals , Dawna Komorosky; Dianne Rush Woods and Kristine Empie

Every, D., Due, C., Thompson, K., & Ryan, G. (2016). Conflicting Perspectives on Nonhuman Animal Rescues in Natural Disasters. Society & Animals, 24(4),

Stoddart, M. C., Swiss, L., Power, N., & Felt, L. F. (2016). Taking Care of Companion Animals. SOCIETY & ANIMALS, 24(5),

The “Pet Effect” , Evangeline A. Wheeler and Margaret E. Faulkner

The Economics of the Right to Keep a Dog , Yung Yau and Shuk Man Chiu

Van der Merwe, K., More, T. P., & Kotzé, T. (2016). Companion Animal Attachment and Guardian Behaviors. SOCIETY & ANIMALS, 24(5),

Vitztum, C., & Urbanik, J. (2016). Assessing the Dog: A Theoretical Analysis of the Companion Animal’s Actions in Human-Animal Interactions. Society & Animals, 24(2), 172-185.