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Pound for Pound

A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life

Shannon’s poignant memoir is a story of hope, resilience, and the spiritual healing animals bring to our lives. Pound for Pound vividly reminds us that animals are more than just friends and companions — they can teach us how to savor the present moment and reclaim our joy. Rich with emotion and inspiration it is essential reading for animal lovers and anyone who has struggled to change.

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Eating Disorders

High School Truth-Telling

Dear loves, In case you are struggling today, I wanted to share with you some truth-telling I did at a local high school here in San Diego. No matter where you are or what you are going through, you are not alone: Keep healing, Shannon


What Noah Knows

Dear loves, One week ago, on a rare night when a penumbral lunar eclipse, a “snow moon” and a comet filled the sky, our son, Noah Michael Kopp, made his grand entrance into this world. Today, as I was texting my sisters in recovery one of my favorite pictures of Noah, with his hands folded across […]


Dropping the “Good Girl”

All my life, I’ve struggled with what we might call “Good Girl Syndrome.” Which is ironic because I have a mind constantly preaching to me about my badness (mistakes real or imagined, things I could have done better, words I should have said).   For a long time I thought I was the only one […]


Perhaps You Are Just As the Animal Sees You. Someone to Love.

During every SoulPaws session, each participant spends about twenty minutes of one-on-one time with a service animal. This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to work with the Pet-Assisted Therapy Animals from the San Diego Humane Society—small animals who lead very busy lives visiting hospitals, schools, treatment centers, and more, offering comfort to people in need. After six […]


Help Bring Healing to Sufferers of Eating Disorders by Supporting Shelter Animals!

Help Bring Healing to Sufferers of Eating Disorders by Supporting Shelter Animals! Dear Friends, After years of working in both eating disorder treatment and animal welfare, I’ve become acutely aware of two things: 1)  Due to the shame inherent in eating disorders, and the lack of affordable, accessible eating disorder treatment, millions are suffering in […]

Mental Health

On Resolutions and Seeking a Higher Source of Wisdom

If you know me or have read my blog, it isn’t news to you that food and my body and me have had our ups and downs. Perhaps that is an understatement. We have had profoundly, deep-to-the-center-of-the-earth, I-want-to-die lows, and ridiculous, up in the clouds, this diet/gym/yoga/book/therapist/video will fix me highs. How exactly I got […]

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