Dog people have always known that to truly be loved one must first love a dog. Shirelle, author Douglas Green’s knucklehead, “greeted the world with unmitigated love every day.” When Green sets out to find a canine companion little did he know that his new dog would be wise beyond doggie years and would teach him about compassion, strength, priorities, and, of course, deep, unconditional love. In simple, everyday interactions with Shirelle, some of the lessons Green learned were how to listen, how to use words, how not to fight and how to focus. This book could easily have been titled: everything I know I learned at the dog park. Life like, The Teachings of Shirelle, bounces between silliness and seriousness, the poetic and mundane.