“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

  • What to do when someone breaks up with you but wants to keep talking as friends
    Aditya23 asks:  I’m a 17 year old boy with an 18 year old girlfriend. We’ve been dating three years now and our love has transformed from a childhood to a serious post teenage love. I really love her and want her in my life. She’s a bit childish and I ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-23
  • Speaking and Barking – the power of rhetoric
    While I’m always happy to speak out against needless pollution and wars, I tend to avoid discussing politics.  It’s not that I think no one else should talk about them, it’s just that my small brain can’t quite get my head around most of the issues.  Is one tax rate ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-18
  • What to do when your boyfriend or girlfriend is driving you crazy with mixed signals
    Blessing Special asks: Once I told you about my boyfriend tracking my phone and seeing some chat he didn’t like and the ones he misunderstood.  Then, after like a week we weren’t on good terms after, we talked about everything and tried to resolve the issue.  But I noticed that ... read more
    Published on 2020-11-16
  • Is it better or worse for families to pick their children’s spouses?
    Hi Shirelle,                  As for the girl I am seeing, it didn’t work out between our families so I am not seeing her now. Sometimes things just feel like the “Super Mario” game. Where you play the whole level just to know at the end ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-27
  • Sniffing for Enthusiasm – keys to re-finding motivation
                Handsome doesn’t talk with me about his work very often, but lately he sure has.  You see, he’s a therapist who works with lots of young people, and usually his job is full of variety – this 5-year-old is going through her parents’ divorce, this 9-year-old is getting bullied, ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-23
  • What to do if you broke your family’s rule of not talking with someone
    Jerry asks:             A boy proposed to me but I denied him and talked to him for some time to make him understand why I did. He is a good guy by heart but he had many temporary relationships with many other girls. So after making clear that I can’t ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-19
  • What to do when your family is pushing you to a profession you don’t want
    Tuktuk asks: I’ve been happy these days and mostly avoiding any negative thoughts, but then suddenly I had a thought that I am not going into the right profession. I am a medical student. I feel like I am not in the right profession because my parents and my family ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-12
  • What to do when you realize you can’t save your parents’ marriage
    Wooff asks: So, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will be moving out next year. I can avoid looking at the problem straight in the face, but the problem will still continue to exist – especially when it’s not my problem to solve.I started writing to you ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-05
  • What to do when one of you wants children and the other doesn’t
    Ray asks: I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for two years. At the beginning of the relationship, we had discussed that I didn’t want children, and he had said that he too didn’t want any. After all this time he has changed his mind and has decided ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-28
  • What should a teenager do, who doesn’t fit into gender norms?
    Vedanova asks: I don’t know my sexuality. This puberty thing is making me feel uncomfortable in my body. As I told you earlier, I was born as a boy . But I don’t know if I’m born in the right body or not. I like wearing women’s clothing and I ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-27
  • What to do when your family beats you
    Pennelope asks: I belong to a family of 4 – my father, mother, elder brother and me. I study in another city for my college, but due to COVID-19, we were sent back to our homes. I have basically been a lazy girl who wouldn’t help her mom with her ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-21
  • Should you let your partner stay in contact with friends who creep you out?
    PERFECTION asks: My girl has this group of friends of hers from college, and I don’t like her guy friends at all, they’re the horny type of dudes. She always reassures me that I shouldn’t be worrying about them, and that much she’s mine after all. I recently found out ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-14
  • What’s Next? …planning for an uncertain future
    Last month I struggled like crazy to find a hundred things I’m grateful for during this crazy time, and sent them to you. But that only goes so far.  And sometimes, things you’re grateful for slip away, like squirrels in a tree while you’re sleeping.  In just this last month, ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-14
  • What to do when you have different standards of intimacy with friends
    Awerpia asks: Of late I’m finding it difficult having discussions with my girlfriend because they only end up with her misinterpreting what I mean, crying and accusing me of having insecurities. But truthfully I really trust her; it’s just that sometimes I just want to get sometimes right. I just want ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-12
  • What to do when you’re asked to have an affair
    Chandrani123 asks: I have been in a relationship for four and a half years. My boyfriend is ten years older than me, he is very mature, cool minded & never gets angry upon me. We have a delightful relationship; sometimes I fight with him but he manages my anger really ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-07