The Teachings of Shirelle

Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

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Pub Date Jul 09 2024 | Archive Date Not set
Mindbuck Media | Circuit Breaker Books

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Description

Douglas Green considers his late pound puppy — a knuckleheaded dog named Shirelle — to be the greatest teacher he’s ever known. “If Shirelle were in a fancy restaurant,” he writes, “she might climb onto someone’s table and eat their food, but she would never, ever, insult the waiter.” The Teachings of Shirelle is the hilarious and uplifting true story of how this unique pooch taught her guardian to live life to the fullest.  

First published in 2015, The Teachings of Shirelle remains a touching ode to the human-animal connection — offering a lighthearted, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual bounty of lessons gleaned from the simple-minded brilliance of an unforgettable teacher. These lessons are as relevant and valuable as ever, showing readers how to look at the world through eyes that are not their own. Eyes that, in this case, belong to a dog.

This second edition includes an all-new foreword written by acclaimed veterinarian Dr. Barrie M. Sands, author of The Stupid Things My Human Does: True Stories From the Animal ER and winner of the AHVMA 2022 Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award.

Douglas Green considers his late pound puppy — a knuckleheaded dog named Shirelle — to be the greatest teacher he’s ever known. “If Shirelle were in a fancy restaurant,” he writes, “she might climb...


Advance Praise

"Douglas Green's book is a warm, engaging, deceptively simple tribute to the innate wisdom of his beloved dog. May we all learn from such loveable teachers." — Dennis Palumbo, screenwriter and author of the Daniel Rinaldi mysteries 

“A beautiful, heartfelt, and entertaining book, that gives the reader a deep understanding of the profound relationship between the human psyche and the souls of other animals with whom we share this planet.” — Linda Buzzell, co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, and author of How to Make it in Hollywood

“With humor and candor, Douglas Green delightfully explores the extraordinary relationship between a man and a goofy, irrepressible, and unexpected best friend. His keen observations of Shirelle's remarkable, high-energy life and the blessings of meeting up with this amazing creature make this account both inspiring and, at times, laugh out loud funny.”  — Jane Hammerslough, author Dematerializing: Taming the Power of Possessions, The Search for Vile Things and The Home Alone Survival Guide

"Douglas Green's book is a warm, engaging, deceptively simple tribute to the innate wisdom of his beloved dog. May we all learn from such loveable teachers." — Dennis Palumbo, screenwriter and author...


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ISBN 9781953639165
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PAGES 266

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This book did not have me until the last few chapters. In the beginning, after the author adopts Shirelle, they just seem to go about their everyday life. It was a sweet story of a man and his dog, but the author writes of a lot of different things happening in his life. There are so many things that I found it detracting from the story of Shirelle. I also felt that the author seemed to preach a lot about his feelings and questions about life. But I guess this is what made the last few chapters worth it, as he found that Shirelle had the answers all along. I thank NetGalley and Mindbuck Media for the advance read.

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I chose this book as it had a dog on the cover that looks SO much like the current furry love in my life. I had all the feels during this book. I literally laughed out loud snd shed tears. The lessons Doug learned were very relatable. How he did everything he could for his beautiful girl is exactly how I am with my adopted fur babies. A beautiful, amazing read!!

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If there is a dog on the cover, I’m all for the book! I adored the relationship between Shirelle and her owner. The bond between owner and dog is something that is indescribable unless you’ve owned one and this pulled at my heart strings so much! I am so glad I was able to pick up this ARC. Such a heartwarming story

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Beautiful story about a man and his dog, the love and frustrations that come in sharing the same space.
Shirelle embraced life and all it had to offer, willing to provide comfort to those in need.
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This is the love story every dog owner wishes they could write for their canine best friend.

I never read books or watch movies about dogs because let's face it, we all know how they'll end and that's just not how I like to get my entertainment. This book though - the cover must have called to me because I told myself, "You know the dog won't make it" but I needed to read it.

Let me begin by saying that I read it quickly, and although I finished it several days ago, I couldn't write my review. I was feeling more than a little raw. I'll admit the last hour or so of the book had me crying until the end. This author has done such an unbelievably beautiful job of telling us about his dog, Shirelle, that somewhere along the line, the reader feels that we know her too, or maybe she belongs to all of us who read about her. journey. Thank you to Doug Green for loving Shirelle so completely and doing everything you could to not only give her a happy life but also keep her around for as long as you could. Having been lucky enough to have several of the best dogs in the world, I can relate to the utter sorrow of losing these wonderful beasts.

I can't even begin to communicate how much this story has touched me. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could.

I will warn potential readers by saying there's heartbreak here that may be too visceral to handle, so this might not be the book for you.

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