“A warm, engaging, deceptively simple tribute to innate wisdom. May we all learn from such loveable teachers.”

— Dennis Palumbo – screenwriter My Favorite Year, author the Daniel Rinaldi mysteries


“A beautiful, heartfelt, and entertaining book, that gives the reader a deep understanding of the profound relationship between the human psyche and the souls of the other animals with whom we share this planet.”

— Linda Buzzell, co-editor Ecotherapy – Healing with Nature in Mind


From the Author:

  • Dating Advice from a Crazy Dog Guy
    “Oh no, you’re not one of those, are you?!” We all know the phrase “crazy cat lady,” conjuring images of bathrobed bitties sprinkling cat chow into bowls as hordes of filthy yowling tabbies descend. And we hear more and more of “crazy cat guys” too. But there’s not much talk ... read more
    Published on 2016-05-04
  • Unconditional Love – As Taught by the Four-Legged Masters
    Another Valentine’s Day is upon us – a day when it often appears that everyone else in the world has a perfectly happy committed relationship based in deep, abiding, and playful love. In other words, a day when most of us writhe in disappointment. It’s not that we’re saying we’re ... read more
    Published on 2016-02-19
  • Straying into a Better New Year
      How would you like you like to spend 2016 as contented, as centered, as… your dog?   As a psychotherapist, I spend a lot of time dealing with people and our big-brained problems. On most issues, like how to create a telephone that uses 3D touch to show birds ... read more
    Published on 2016-01-14

From ask

  • How to help a friend whose feelings you’ve hurt
    indithelady asks:  I’m having an argument with my best friend right now, and I’m extremely confused. Here’s how it all started.  My friend S has a crush on a celebrity on Instagram, and because this celebrity hasn’t actually become super-famous, he answers to DMs and comments from his fans. S ... read more
    Published on 2020-06-04
  • How to figure out what people who avoid compliments really feel
    Wretched asks: I jwant to know your thoughts about my crush’s reply to my confession. I didn’t get it and I don’t know what to reply. So I’m asking you if I have been rejected. My confession started with “I like you” and I followed it with the reasons why. ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-25
  • Should couples stay together when they know they don’t have a future with each other?
    Chdeep asks: What to do when you love each other but there is no future?Break up or stay together as long as possible? Hi Chdeep – This is SOOO difficult, and there’s no answer that’s always correct for everyone.  The one advice I can give on this is that the ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-18
  • Your Commencement: graduating into a new world
    One of the sadder side-effects of this pandemic (far less than the tolls of death and illness, and economic pain, but still real) is what it’s done to the final year of school for so many students.  Athletes unable to shine in the sports they’ve mastered, performers not getting the ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-18
  • Should men or women initiate conversations?
    PERFECTION asks:  Will it kill women to chat to men first? Is it that hard?  Is that really how it should be?  I have someone that I currently have been chatting with, and I always am the one to reach out first. Does that mean anything? I mean, could it ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-16
  • How to get your husband and his family to treat you better.
    Pritzel asks: I got married recently, an arranged marriage. I am suffering from, let’s call it “manic introversion.” I don’t know the exact term it goes by, but you get the idea, right? His family is old fashioned and full of nitpickers and I’m extremely sensitive to those people. I ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-09
  • What to do when you catch your teenager drinking
    recmmc asks: I was putting something away in my 12-year-old daughter’s room, and I saw half- hidden water bottles, three of them with alcohol in them, and two shot glasses. I don’t know how to confront her regarding this and proper discipline. Hi recmmc – As frightening as this has ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-04
  • What to do when your girlfriend feels ignored and wants to break up
    Prince2411 asks: I’ve been in a relationship with a girl for five years, and we’ve been through a lot in these years. Only, recently, she’s been a little different and always mentions separation as our only option for problems that are solvable. I have some academic backlog and I’m working ... read more
    Published on 2020-05-02
  • What to do when you get depressed at college
    Loser101 asks:  You’ll be glad to know that I’m overcoming my slight body dysmorphia and I finally think I’m pretty good looking haha, and I’ve gotten into my dream university. Life’s going pretty good but I feel lonely, all my friends are drifting away, they’re busy with their own lives, ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-27
  • What to do when your boyfriend tells your secrets
    Vitu asks: I have a boyfriend who tells people what I tell him. He goes behind my back to discuss me with other people, and then he toys and teases me about it. Should I dump him or continue with the relationship? Hi Vitu – This is something we dogs ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-20
  • How to make your boyfriend fall in love with you again
    Rockie asks: I want to find out how I can make my boyfriend fall in love with me again Hi Rockie –        Love is an incredibly complex and difficult power, and its workings have confused humans forever.  But as a dog, I understand that it’s also very simple.  So ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-19
  • What to do when your boyfriend’s mother just doesn’t like you.
    Scarlett4 asks: My boyfriend and I have worked through a lot of problems, including him making some big mistakes in the past.  But now there is a different problem – I don’t think his mom likes me that much. She is just talking with me regularly just for his child’s ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-18
  • How to deal with Depression.
    rain asks: When I stepped in 9th grade I started having thoughts about death, felt hopeless, worthless, like a failure, I was on edge… I didn’t know what I was feeling I was so confused. One day my friend told me you look like a depressed person so I went ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-14
  • Poop and Bad Breath: making sense of the new virus rules
    Poop and Bad Breath: making sense of the new virus rules Among the differences between us dogs and you humans, at least once you reach a certain age, is the way you guys are so squeamish!  Things that seem normal to us, or really terrific, nauseate you.  You never sniff ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-13
  • What to do when your friend thinks you’re cheating with his girlfriend?
    Milan asks: My childhood friend has a girlfriend. She and I started talking, only to solve the disputes or quarrels between him and her, but as this kept going we kept talking to each other and we got addicted to each other, till we got talking to each other almost ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-13