“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 tell if your relationship is getting more mature or stale
    PERFECTION asks: It’s been 10 months already with my beloved girlfriend and some things are kind of  different. We still hang out, have dates, kiss and all those intimate things, but in social media it’s kind of lowkey. She’s not mentioning me that much, yet she still posts something about ... read more
    Published on 2021-04-10
  • How to move past an idealized love that didn’t work out
    Icarus to Fly asks: I deeply love a girl. I had been in relationship with her. She wanted a break last summer. Since then we talked every day on regular basis. But now she is into a senior. They are together. What should I do to earn her back?Recently I ... read more
    Published on 2021-04-04
  • What to do when your parent tells you your relationship won’t last
    Awerpia asks: I’m very disturbed and confused. I don’t know what my mother wants from me. Today she smiles and asks about my girlfriend and the next day she’s saying all sorts of things. Mother has only seen pictures of my girlfriend. And from her attitude she seems willing to ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-22
  • How to deal with parents not accepting your bisexuality
    Vedanova asks: I’m bisexual. Yesterday I came out to father. I went to his office and I could feel my heart beating very fast. I was very nervous. He was watching a movie on TV so I waited some time and then we went to get some food. When we ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-15
  • What to do when you’re attached to someone with ambivalent feelings
    Rebel Kid asks: Lately I’ve been really upset. I met a girl online 7 months ago and we both like each other. 6 months ago she asked me out but broke up with me two days later because she thought we do not know each other enough and that she’s ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-08
  • He’s a Tramp! … the hardest quality to attain
    Over all the years I’ve run this website, I’ve talked about lots of movies – some good, some great, some maybe not so great.  But I’ve always insisted on one being my favorite.  My favorite love story, my favorite musical, my favorite everything.  And with the sexiest, most charming leading ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-07
  • What to do when they say they need to break up to concentrate on their career.
    hey hey peg asks: I have been in a relationship for last 6 months and I really really love this guy and its pretty serious.It was going all good but just two days ago he told me that this is not gonna work out.  He would get distracted from his ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-01
  • Is it possible to trust someone completely?
    PERFECTION asks: When you fully trust someone does that mean you don’t get jealous anymore? What does it mean to really fully trust someone? Hi PERFECTION –             That’s a really great question.  I think there are two answers – and both are… yes.             Here’s what I’m thinking.  I ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-23
  • The Aquarian Apocalypse …a fable for our times…
                Certain kinds of stories transcend place and time.  For example, did you know that almost every land on Earth has some version of Cinderella, long before they’d have heard them from each other?              One that seems to show up in every culture that existed around the ancient Mediterranean ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-17
  • How to choose where to live when you each want different things
    Miss Pawco asks: I wish to seek some relationship advice from you and to gain a third person perspective apart from his or mine or any biased friend. I am a career oriented woman working in a metropolitan city and very much in love with city life. My boyfriend is currently ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-15
  • Should one share a gift with others?
    Maya asks: Hey Shirelle Are relationship gifts meant to be shared? For instance say I am in a relationship.  My boyfriend buys me something for our Anniversary, then I permit my sister wear it, or maybe she takes it without asking me, and I am like, very okay with sharing it. Tell ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-08
  • Should you worry if your different-sex partner kisses someone of their sex?
    Outcast asks:Lately my girlfriend told me she kissed her female friend. Her reason was that her friend was nice and she was curious to see how it felt kissing another girl.  It’s been two weeks since she told me . But I think I lost that trust towards her, though ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-01
  • My Friend Mutt – the need to use your full mind
    My dear friends, I usually write you from a place of tail-wagging joy.  Though sometimes I have written you from sadness, or from anger.  But today I’m maybe the saddest and angriest I’ve ever been. One of my very best friends ever passed away a couple of weeks ago.  I ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-21
  • What to do when you’re irrationally afraid of your partner’s ex
    Awerpia asks: I’m so confused Shirelle. I can’t seem to get my girlfriend’s ex out of my mind. The thought of him seems to haunt me and I wish I never knew of his existence. I know we have spoken at length about this issue but I don’t know how ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-16
  • Why hasn’t the guy who flirted with me gotten back to me since?
    Soumyaguna Asks: I’m working as an HR. And 2 days back I was asked to call a guy, Y, to offer him a designation. We clicked in the first go like magic. I don’t know how this happened, but we became comfortable around each other on the call, and talked ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-05