Cowpuppy audiobook and hardcover

The Secret World of Cows

From the author of the bestselling How Dogs Love Us, a fascinating glimpse into the cognitive and emotional lives of cows.

Cowpuppy: An Unexpected Friendship and a Scientist's Journey into the Secret World of Cows

When Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his wife decided to venture into sustainable farming in rural Georgia, they knew that cows were a key part of a successful operation. But that was where his knowledge of cattle ended.

As Berns and his small herd of three miniature zebus acclimated to each other and Berns received a crash course in being a cattleman, he turned his powers of scientific observation and innovation on his new charges. This wasn’t the first time he’d studied animals through the lens of neuroscience; years earlier, Berns had applied his knowledge to man’s best friend, resulting in two books and important advances in how we understand dogs’ thoughts and emotions. Now it was time to see what he—and all of us—could discover about the interior worlds of cows.

In this moving and captivating memoir, Berns weaves together his hands-on experiences with his growing herd, accessible scientific explanations of animal behavior, and evocative portraits of the animals at the center of his study: the original bull, Ricky Bobby; the two mamas, Lucy and Ethel; and their sweet and spirited calves: BB, Cricket, Princess Xena, Luna, Walker, and Texas Ranger.

Whether cows are a familiar part of your experience or you’re a city dweller longing for life in the country, Cowpuppy offers a deeper understanding of these complex creatures and what we humans can learn from them.

Cowpuppy hardcover
Two calves standing side by side
Two cows looking into a mirror
A calf with an adult cow
Two calves playing

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Gregory Berns being licked by a cow

About the Author

Gregory Berns is a professor of psychology at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and the Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience. He is the author of several books, including What It’s Like to Be a Dog and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller How Dogs Love Us. He and his wife live on a farm near Atlanta, Georgia, with several dogs, chickens, and some very special cows.

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