Living Histories In The Contact Zone Wolf Tracks

Whom and what do I touch when I touch my dog How is becoming with a practice of becoming worldly When species meet, the question of how to inherit histories is pressing, and how to get on together is at stake. Because I become with dogs, I am drawn into the multispecies knots that they are tied into and that they retie by their reciprocal action. My premise is that touch ramifies and shapes accountability. Accountability, caring for, being affected, and entering into responsibility are not...

When Species Meet

Two questions guide this book (i) Whom and what do I touch when I touch my dog and (2) How is becoming with a practice of becoming worldly I tie these questions together in expressions I learned in Barcelona from a Spanish lover of French bulldogs, alter-globalisation and autre-mondialisation.1 These terms were invented by European activists to stress that their approaches to militarized neoliberal models of world building are not about antiglobalization but about nurturing a more just and...

And Say The Philosopher Responded When Animals Look Back

And Say the Animal Responded is the title Derrida gave his 1997 lecture in which he tracked the old philosophical scandal of judging the animal to be capable only of reaction as an animal-machine. That's a wonderful title and a crucial question. I think Derrida accomplished important work in that lecture and the published essay that followed, but something that was oddly missing became clearer in another lecture in the same series, translated into English as The Animal That Therefore I Am (More...

Metaretrievers On The Beach

Vicki Hearne, an accomplished dog trainer and writer, was an e-mail correspondent on CANGEN-L in the late 1990s. Now, I see that I lied to you about Roland's prey drive and herding potential i.e., his temperament, if I understand your sense of the root temper. Watching him with you lurking inside my head over the last week made me remember that such things are multidimensional and situational, and describing a dog's temperament takes more precision than I achieved. We go to an off-leash, large,...

Breed Stories Australian Shepherds

If anything is certain about Australian shepherd origins, it is that no one knows how the name came about, and no one knows all of the kinds of dogs tied into the ancestry of these talented herders. Perhaps the surest thing is that the dogs should be called the United States western ranch dog. Not American, but United States. Let me explain why that matters, especially since most (but far from all) of the ancestors are probably varieties of collie types that emigrated with their people from the...

Able Bodies And Companion Species

Your retirement from the Denver Post has been present to me for weeks now. I want to write to you about what your work has meant to me since I was a small girl. I tell all the people who are important to me, My father is a sportswriter. He loves his work. He is good at it, and he passed on to me the center of my feeling about work as a way of living at least as much as making a living. Your pleasure in words has been central to your work. I saw you enjoy words. You showed your children words as...

The Contact Zone

Agility Cartoon

Blood on the Path August 26, 2003 Dear friends, Cayenne earned her Advanced Agility Dog title in the United States Dog Agility Association on Sunday, and so now we run in the Masters ring She got a fast, clean, first-place run to earn her title she made me very proud. We also ran fast and accurately in the qualifying round of the Steeplechase, placing eighth in a field of thirty-seven serious national champions and other masters and advanced twenty-two-inch class dogs. The top ten got to run in...

Instrumental Relations between Laboratory Animals and Their People

Reading Nancy Farmer's young adult novel A Girl Named Disaster, I was arrested by the story of the relationship between an old African Vapostori man and the guinea pigs he cared for in a little scientific outpost in Zimbabwe around 1980. Used for sleeping sickness research, the lab rodents were at the center of a knot tying together tsetse flies, trypanosomes, cattle, and people. During their working hours, the guinea pigs were held in tight little baskets while wire cages filled with biting...

Valuing Dogs Markets And Commodities

Like a 1950s TV show, companion-animal worlds are all about family. If European and American bourgeois families were among the products of nineteenth-century capital accumulation, the human-animal compan-ionate family is a key indicator for today's lively capital practices. That nineteenth-century family invented middle-class pet keeping, but what a pale shadow of today's doings that was Kin and brand are tied in productive embrace as never before. In 2006, about 69 million U.S. households 63...

Born Again

The world of disease-linked genes is, however, only one component of the story of dog genetics, especially in the era of biodiversity discourse. Enhancing and preserving genetic diversity are not the same thing as avoiding and reducing genetically linked illness. The discourses touch in many places, but their divergences are reshaping the intellectual and moral worlds of many dog people. Sharp's story is again instructive. In the mid-1990s Sharp was a subscriber to an Internet discussion group...

Becominganimal Or Setting Out The Twentythird Bowl

The making each other available to events that is the dance of becoming with has no truck with the fantasy wolf-pack version of becoming-animal figured in Gilles Deleuze and F lix Guattari's famous section of A Thousand Plateaus, 1730 Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible.36 Mundane, prosaic, living wolves have no truck with that kind of wolf pack, as we will see at the end of these introductions, when dogs, wolves, and people become available to one another in risky...

C A Sharp In Australian Shepherd Land

Sharp embodies for me the practice of love of a breed in its historical complexity.17 Evident in her kitchen table-produced Double Helix Network News and the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, which she helped found not to mention in her critical reflection on her own practices as a breeder and her adoption of a too-small Aussie rescue pooch, Sydney, after the death of the last dog of her breeding Sharp practices a love that seeks knowledge, nurtures nondogmatic curiosity,...

Playing With Strangers

Agility is a sport and a kind of game that is built on the tie of cross-species work and play. I have said a lot about work so far but too little about play. It is rare to meet a puppy who does not know how to play such a youngster would be seriously disturbed. Most, but not all, adult dogs know very well how to play too, and they choose doggish or other play partners selectively throughout their lives if they have the opportunity. Agility people know that they need to learn to play with their...

In The Face Of Epilepsy

By the early 2000s, Sharp had amassed a vast archive of breed health, genetic, and pedigree information, and she had initiated a variety of services for researchers, breeders, and ordinary Aussie people. What would happen to her data if something happened to her Also, she had been threatened with lawsuits more than once by breeders more worried about their kennels' winning reputations in show culture than about their dogs and their dogs' offspring across future generations. That the threatened...

Marcos Becquer Obituary

When Species Meet is an acknowledgment of the lively knottings that tie together the world I inhabit, but here I want to name some of the human and nonhuman animals who are especially entwined in the tissues of this book. All those I call my animal people and their companions must come first the scholars, artists, friends, sports buddies, and scientists whose work is directly shaped by the critters they love and know. These people and critters helped me materially to write this book by becoming...

Parting Bites

Patricia Piccinini With Her Work Babies

Knowing is a direct material engagement, a practice of intra-acting with the world as part of the world in its dynamic material configuring, its ongoing articulation Ethics is about mattering, about taking account of the entangled materializations of which we are a part, including new configurations, new subjectivities, new possibilities even the smallest cuts matter. Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway One never eats entirely on one's own this constitutes the rule underlying the...

Cloning Mutts

A well-funded, media-savvy, commercially venturesome project to clone a pet mutt in a major agribusiness-linked U.S. university would seem at the opposite end of the spectrum from the scientific and ethical practices emergent within canine genetic diversity worlds. Yet, such cloning projects raise similar issues What kinds of collaborations produce the expertise and make the decisions for the biosocial evolution of companion species in technocultural dogland What constitutes an ethic of...