As a psychotherapist, Douglas Green spends every day helping people to find their hidden true voices, to improve and deepen their lives. But the best therapist he ever met was a husky-mix named Shirelle, the subject of this book. It was from looking at the work she did with his clients that this idea germinated.
“It was a frightening realization, that the greatest guru I ever knew wasn’t smart enough to ever learn to not run in front of moving cars. But that was okay, because I already knew to avoid moving cars. So as long as I kept her from those mad dashes, we were safe, and she could teach me, and those around us, all she innately knew.”
Before going into this field, he drove trucks, tended bar, cared for hospital patients, taught elementary school, and worked in nearly every capacity of film, stage, and television. Since becoming a therapist, Green has published articles in psychological journals, taught graduate school, performed on countless stages, been interviewed on radio and television, and given too many presentations to name.
More importantly, he is also the creator and author of the globally-popular website AskShirelle.com. Through this, he reaches tens of thousands of readers around the world with the humor, sensitivity, and wisdom he gained from his pooch – in her voice.
Relish the day. If you re not in awe, you re just not paying attention. She hadn t even been in the crowded pound a week, but she d already developed a nickname, Knucklehead. As a puppy she destroyed property and precious clothes; as an adult she injured her owner, ruined romances... and changed the world-views of those around her. Have you ever watched an animal and wondered how it thinks, how it sees the world, how it views you? And have you ever wondered what wisdom you might learn if you could see things as that animal does? This unique book is many things: an amusing and moving memoir about a memorable dog, a poetic ode to a human-animal connection, and a serious philosophical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry into the lessons a man gleaned from the simple-minded brilliance of a teacher, a lover, a liver of life to the fullest... a Knucklehead. There has never before been a book like The Teachings of Shirelle. Take a walk with this pooch, and you might never look at life, love, or yourself the same again.