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.

Mental Health

This One Breath Is Enough

Three times a day (9, 12, 3), three emoji’s pop up on my phone: a heart, a prayer symbol, and a sunflower. It means it is time for me to take a deep breath and reconnect with the moment. When I set up this alarm, two years ago now, I was at my friend, Joy’s […]

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 […]

Eating Disorders

Worth It

I’m cheap. So it hurt my heart a little bit to spend $3.25 on a single cookie. But I had to do it. You see, this very cookie. This very snowman with blue winter accessories, chocolate buttons and a carrot nose, caused me a lot of turmoil about ten years ago. I had gone to […]

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