The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

by Douglas Green

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ISBN-13: 9780991228133
Publisher: Cavalleria Press
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 253
File size: 5 MB

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The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa M. Schlegel for Readers' Favorite The Teachings of Shirelle is a memoir by Douglas Green that recounts his life as a young, single man while raising Shirelle, a husky-mix rescued from a kill shelter in California. Douglas describes the trials and joys of guardianship to a wonder-filled creature who stole his heart and gave boundless love and loyalty in return. The tale includes all the phases known to animal lovers, from the awkward and naughty adolescence, to old age, sickness, and death. Douglas Green is brutally honest about his frustrations and mistakes. I admired the candor and soul-searching necessary to admit how our companions can bring out the worse in us, such as impatience, and how they can be harmed by our actions, such as allowing our four-legged friends to indulge in the wrong food, or run around too soon after a big meal. Mostly, however, I admire the author for making keen observations and reflections which allowed him to compile The Teachings of Shirelle. Shirelle was involved in every aspect of Douglas' life, including dating, and here I must admit I'm on Shirelle's side. Personally, I would not choose a mate who is incompatible with my animal companion. In fact, animals are good judges of character, so Shirelle, instead of stifling Douglas' love life, may have saved him future heartache. And that perhaps is one of the beautiful lessons we can learn from our canine companions. Their love can seem totally selfish, yet an element of selflessness weaves and dodges its way to pure loyalty that somehow makes everything end up better than anything that may have occurred in a life without them. If more people could view the animal world in the way Douglas viewed Shirelle, what a richer and kinder world that would be.