“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

  • Wretched asks: Hello Shirelle! It’s been a long time since I last reached out to you. Hope you’re doing well. Anyway, I am really conflicted right now if I should cut off my long time friend or stay as is. She’s been my friend for 6 years now but I ... read more
    Published on 2022-09-19
  • What to do when your Anxiety makes all the things that cause your Anxiety worse
    Natalie1615_17 asks: I’m a student, 17 this year.  Since last year my symptoms for anxiety have been obvious, I kept complaining about how my tummy aches, and mom just brushed it off, until, at the end of last year, things worsened and I was sent to the hospital immediately. The ... read more
    Published on 2022-09-12
  • What to do if you’re an introvert in a job for extroverts
    oceanne asks: I have started a job for a company as a promoter – my first job. I wanted to try because I am a university student and the hours were good for me. But I feel like it is not made for me. I am big introvert and I ... read more
    Published on 2022-09-05
  • How to move past a loved one’s suicide
    Vaughn asks: I need help dealing with my emotions. I’m not used to this. I lost my dad in November last year to suicide and I’m having trouble dealing with what I feel. He was the only person I could speak to about anything.  Now I find myself bottling things ... read more
    Published on 2022-08-29
  • What to do when relationship problems get in the way of your work
    Jigs24 asks: I am really stressed out, and have been for quite long time. There are so many problems going on between me and my partner and because of this I am unable to concentrate on my studies. All this is going on since more than a year. What should ... read more
    Published on 2022-08-22
  • How to win over someone shut down by divorce
    K-Xengah asks: Despite the drama going on in my life, I think I’ve had time to actually genuinely like someone else who isn’t my ex (the first person I have genuinely been interested in in 5 years). He’s older than me and divorced with two kids, but the day he ... read more
    Published on 2022-08-08
  • What to do when you’ve kept something loaned to you for way too long
    Icyplum asks: A year ago, I was staying in a residential society (a gated community) in a metropolitan city and I came across a message through a society app, someone from another block wing, stating something I related to, about starting a reading club within the society. I liked the ... read more
    Published on 2022-08-01
  • Whose fault is it when one person is hurt by another person’s joke?
    sweetparker asks: I had a fight with my brother and we haven’t talked in a week. He was joking around with things I’m sensitive about. I ignored him for several days because he hurt my feelings. Then he got angry and he stopped talking to me too. My mother thought ... read more
    Published on 2022-07-25
  • How to help someone having thoughts of suicide
    PERFECTION asks: My girlfriend sometimes has suicidal thoughts.  Is there anything you can suggest to her, like a book? Hi PERFECTION – Scientists will argue that some non-human animals can choose to end their lives out of grief or misery, but for the most part, humans are the species prone ... read more
    Published on 2022-07-18
  • Should I stay with my parents while dealing with Depression or Anxiety?
    Lolida asks: How do I tell my parents that I have depression and anxiety disorder? And how do I tell them I want to move out and go somewhere? Hi Lolida – I’m just a dog, but my human friend Handsome is a licensed psychotherapist, so I’m going to pass ... read more
    Published on 2022-07-11
  • Does a cheater deserve a second chance?
    Lena asks: I am currently in a relationship, that is almost shattered. Recently, my boyfriend admitted that he cheated on me, and now I find it hard to process and put up with. He asks me to think about it and give him a second chance. I find it very hard ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-27
  • The Discomfort Zone … choosing your life path
    A few weeks ago, Handsome was talking with a friend about a tough situation they were in, and they said they knew they needed to get out of their “Comfort Zone” and fix it.  Then they took a pause, and said, “But wait, I’m not comfortable at all!”  We often ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-19
  • Juicybest asks:
    I’ve been single for some months now but there are two guys currently trying to get me to be their partner. I’m confused on who to choose, because frankly speaking I don’t want a boyfriend.  Just one whom I could end up getting married to.  And they are both sweet ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-06
  • How to get over someone who treats you badly
    Blessing special asks: How do I get over someone I really like?  After we spent time for the first time (cause we have been talking for a while), we finally met through a friend of mine – but even before we met he didn’t want any strings attached even though ... read more
    Published on 2022-05-30
  • How to stop overthinking
    Alllyyyy asks: I’m a overthinker. I always overthink in every situation. My mind is always disturbed by this overthinking.  Nowadays I’m not able to sleep properly either, from this overthinking.  Please suggest to me what to do. Hi Alllyyyy – I have to admit, to us dogs’ eyes, all you ... read more
    Published on 2022-05-22