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.


Eating Disorders

Letter to a Girl in Relapse

  Dear Shannon, Remember when you worked at the San Diego Humane Society and sent a hopeless email to your therapist? You wrote, “I feel like I will never recover, and I hate myself for that.” I can picture you typing those words. You’re wearing a baggy sweater that covers up the stomach you loath, for […]


Don’t Rush Your Healing

I walked into yoga hating everybody. It was a gentle, candlelit yoga class, and the woman who placed her mat down beside me was wearing some kind of miniskirt over hot pink spandex pants. And then, a few rows in front of me, another woman had the audacity to wear a scarf. A scarf! Who […]

Eating Disorders

How I Learned to Move Through Life’s Pain to Make Room for Joy

When I first started working at the San Diego Humane Society, I was twenty-four and fresh out of eating disorder treatment. By some miracle of the universe, my job was essentially to love on the most adorable shelter dogs—one of which was Stewie, a miniature poodle mix. Our Humane Investigations Officers rescued Stewie after his owner […]