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Meet Dharma, a two year-old stray from the streets of Louisiana. When Animal control found her, she was traumatized, severely matted, and infested with fleas. She was then placed in a high kill shelter where hundreds of dogs are euthanized if they are not claimed within five days. Miraculously, Puppy Love Dog Rescue was able to set her free just in time, transport her to Maine, and give Michael the opportunity to be a dog dad again.

Dharma, like most rescue dogs, is the essence of resilience. Despite going through hell and being placed on death row, this sweet little girl chooses only to greet everyone with love and tenderness. No signs of resentment whatsoever. Only joy and a tail that wags with gratitude.

Training is off to a great start. Soon Dharma will be working with Michael, helping those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She is an amazing little dog and destined to make a positive impact on many people's lives.

Listen to Michael's latest interview on NPR.

  "We want to express our gratitude to you! It was a wonderful day for our school—the response has been amazing from children, teachers, and parents. Michael, your visit and message will have a long-lasting impact on our school community—truly for years to come. We will continue to promote and teach your message every year. You are the most influential visitor we have had in the middle school!"


— Margo Keniston Potter - Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York, NY

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." — Bernice Johnson Reagon

"This raw, informative, and inspiring page-turner is a must-read for anyone who lives with depression or shame of any kind. It is also a must-read for those who love them..." Susan T. Mullen, Author, Speaker & Intuitive Coach

"The greatest gift we can offer in the liberating season of compassion is vulnerability. To know we share all of life, not just the good, not just the bad, is what allows us to truly understand each other. Well done, Michael."

Alex Woodard - Singer - Songwriter, Bestselling Author