SoulPaws Magazine


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 […]


The Pregnancy Advice No One Tells You About

Thanks to a fascinating dream involving large dogs, miniature horses, and sledding on the beach, I woke up this morning in a pool of sweat. And to make matters worse, The Boppy Custom Fit Body Pillow, an item which I was convinced would make a revolutionary shift in my world, was on the floor in […]

Ask Shannon

It’s Time to Leave the Canyon

Dear Shannon, Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m anorexic and I want to ask for help, but I’m so ashamed and scared. I’m in college and I don’t want to have to leave school to be hospitalized or put into treatment. I want to just get better on my own. But last night, to […]


SoulPaws Announcement – Online Workshops in 2017!

Dear Friends, During the many years I battled an eating disorder, and some days still, I struggle with a sense of aloneness, anxiety, and sadness. More and more as the years go by, I’ve learned how to be vulnerable and reach out to one (or all) of the four dogs in my house, or to call […]

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