COSETTE AND

PARA-DOGS

I have loved animals as long as I can remember. Whether this passion is inborn or was nurtured by my childhood in Africa I cannot say. I used to live close to the forest, and I have memories of snakes, guenons and chameleons paying repeated, unauthorized visits to my home, eliciting my mother’s dismay and my curious surprise.

As a little girl I dreamed that, one day, I would own a mansion where I could host not only dogs, but couples of all wild and farm animals in a kind of earthly Noah’s Ark: from tigers to cats, from gazelles to horses –

all of whom I would equally, happily attend. 

Life took its own turns and, rather than a veterinary, I became a specialist in 19th-century English and Italian literature which I researched and taught for years in the UK and Switzerland. The philosophical thinking of my favourite Italian poet, Giacomo Leopardi, directed me towards posthumanism and zooanthropology, a new philosophical discipline founded in Italy by the veterinary, ethologist and philosopher Roberto Marchesini. It took little to decide to embark on a new career as a dog educator and a dog instructor by enrolling at SIUA, the School for the Interaction between Humans and Animals, founded in Bologna by prof. Marchesini.

This is where the story of Para-dogs begins.

There are no irrecoverable dogs, there is only the human incapability

of understanding how to come to terms with a particular dog's condition.

The difficulty is not in the dog, but in us: we have difficulties

accepting, understanding, directing, compensating...

Even when a dog might at first seem irrecoverable, in fact,

s/he only is the carrier of life-experiences, which have moulded

his or her way of interpreting the world and of operating in the here and now. Before stating that a dog is 'irrecoverable' therefore

we should reflect upon our ignorance.

 

Roberto Marchesini, Pensieri sul cane e su altri animali (Thoughts on dogs and other animals)

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June 2020

LA SCELTA DEL CANE IN CANILE (WEBINAR CONDUCTED BY IVANO VITALINI AT CANILE DI VARESE)

June 2020

LA COMUNICAZIONE DEL CANE (WEBINAR CONDUCTED BY DR. MICHELE MINUNNO AT CANILE DI VARESE)

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