An advocate for survival of the kindest

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By Kelly LeVan

Los Alamos residents know veterinarian Bob Fuselier not only for his compassionate treatment of their pets, but for his pensive nature – the consideration he gives every animal, person, action and idea.

A lunch-hour conversation with Fuselier will jump from dogs to parrots to Gandhi to “sacred violence” to mirror neurons to hunting to the tremendous tolerance he sees displayed by today’s youth. Listening, you have no doubt he’s intellectual, spiritual and thoroughly kind.

When he’s not seeing patients or discussing, as he puts it, “what life is about,” he’s reading: Gil Baillie’s “Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads,” for instance, or Jaak Panksepp’s “Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions” – a topic that interests him deeply.

“One of the things that got me into animal behavior was the similarity between animals’ emotional states and people’s,” he said.

When a dog feels it’s in an unstable environment, Fuselier said, it becomes anxious and “a lot of people mistake their dog’s anxiety for happiness because they get all excited.”

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