Dasha's Journal

A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism

Iíve never thought that I, the Cat, would start writing this journal but you never know what can make you change your mind, do you?

My favourite book is Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour, written by one of the most famous and successful autistics at present Ė Dr. Temple Grandin. She has a special connection with animals because of her autism! It was enough to get me interested in the book, autism and life in general. Could it be that I, Dasha, have a special connection with autistic individuals because of my Ďcatnessí? Dr. Grandin says that it took her a long time to figure out that she sees things about animals that other people donít. Well, I guess, Iím in a unique position to see things about autistic and non-autistic people that other creatures donít Ė I have both species (autistic and non-autistic ones) in my own household. Thatís how the idea of my own book emerged. I have a perfect laboratory (my house) for my observations and experiments with my unsuspected guinea pigs. Forward!


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