Senior high school wrestler Ben must prepare for his last season on the mat, where he has to prove once and for all he is a champion wrestler. As he prepares for this challenge, J.T., his best friend, Talia, his new love interest, and Jordan, the newest wrestler on the team (and first female), all have insecurities and wants that distract him from his ambition. Their struggles show Ben that life’s purpose is not always about winning but ultimately about relationships. In Dogs Don’t Wrestle, the theme of meaning is explored by comparing the dogs’ lives to human lives in a humorous and poignant way. Although the book is targeted for young adults, older adults can appreciate the many references to music, poetry and movies of the past as well as the present. Through them, we see the continuous human longing for love, acceptance and meaning.