"When people are very young they see animals as equals, even as kin. That humans are different, unique and superior to all other species--this they have to be taught."

   The Friend

   By Sigrid Nunez

"The two, man and dog, stare at each other for a moment, the man taking great comfort in the reflection of himself in the dog's brown eyes -- the only eyes that don't look at him with disappointment."

   One Good Dog

   By Susan Wilson


Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy 

Discussing the dance between individual dogs and their owners: "That dance is about love. It's about attachment that's mutual and unambiguous and exceptionally private, and it's about a kind of connection that's virtually unknowable in human relationships because it's essentially wordless."

   Pack of Two

   By Caroline Knapp

Reading stories can be very healing and that is the purpose of this special page. I am dedicating this page to our dogs. During this tough time of unprecedented events, our dogs are once again stepping up to the plate for us. Enjoy their love, for it is like none other. 

I start off with Caroline Knapp's Pack of Two, a memoir that may change the way you perceive dogs. Then offer four outstanding novels for your enjoyment.

"A heart is judged not by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

   Lily and the Octopus

   By Steven Rowley

"It's so damn hard to bloom...to change. Even when you want to change, want it more than anything in the world, it's hard."


By Dean Koontz


Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist