Annette McGivney with Sunny in Flagstaff, AZ in 2019
Annette McGivney with Sunny in Flagstaff, AZ in 2019 (Photo: Courtesy Eirini Pajak)
Adventures in Audio

The Many Ways Dogs Can Heal Us

The author with Sunny in Flagstaff, AZ in 2019

Our furry friends are the best of adventure playmates. But they can also provide pure, unconditional love that gets us through the darkest times. A series of dogs have supported Colorado outdoor writer Annette McGivney since childhood, as she endured domestic abuse, the loss of family members, and a bitter divorce. She’s not alone: after McGivney published a pair of essays for Outside Online detailing her relationship with her dogs, she was flooded with responses and questions from readers. In this episode, she opens up about her long journey and details research showing just how special the bond between humans and animals can be.


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