How could I not respond to this knowing the way I feel about animals and how they can improve the quality of life for an individual?
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August 14, 2019 “Working on Us” This Weeks Mental Health Prompts for Blogging Community: Week 11 Topic: Therapy/Emotional Support Animals (Pets)
Prompt #1 Questions:
- Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy?
No, but my family has always had a pet or two of some description.
- Is your pet a certified therapy animal?
- What kind of pet do you own?
We have a fourteen and a half year old border collie x springer spaniel, aka Sprollie.
- Do you believe that support animals truly assist those in need?
Most definitely. I have known of Leonbergers, spaniels, collies, pomeranians and jack russell dogs being trained as assistance dogs or therapy dogs, the latter being taken into residential homes and fussed over. Size doesn’t seem to matter, it’s all down to temperament and training, and I think it’s wonderful.
- Do you believe that any animal can be a therapy/support pet?
Yes, I think it is indeed possible.
With training such a pet can be matched to circumstances, housing and the individual.
Prompt #2 Narrative:
Describe how your pet is of support to you? EXAMPLE: Helps with anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc… (And, please… Share their name and a photo) if you desire.
Maggie must be one of the most photographed and ruined dogs in the UK as we love her to bits.
This was her first night in her new home: March 11th 2005.
This was taken the following year in our back garden
When I was working, my job was all figurework (which I loved) and strict deadlines.
Sometimes, I would come home totally exhausted with a thumping headache, and after our evening meal, Maggie would get up on my lap, well half on my lap and half of the arm of the chair, for a cuddle. As I stroked her silky fur, I could feel all the stresses of the day just roll away. After about ten minutes, she’d get down and get in her own bed, job done.
She seems to know when either of us need to feel her presence and is one of the most tactile and loving dogs I have ever known. When I have been depressed or generally just feeling down, she has been there to take my mind off my problems.
There have been times when I have needed to be on my own and to watch her sniffing the flowers or grass, finding the exact blade of grass to pee on (it has to be just so!) makes me smile and relax.
Pictures June 2015
She is a great ice breaker for conversation, usually gets on with other dogs, and has never chased the ducks or the geese on the marina or in the park. They realise she’s not a threat too and come within a foot of us, even with their babies.
This post has been a bit of the Maggie show, but she is just so much a part of our lives, she’s our baby. We hate to see her feeling unsure or afraid, as with thunder or fireworks, unwell and uncomfortable and try very hard to read the signs and what she’s telling us.
I sleep better at night knowing she’s lying there beside me, her gentle rhythmic breathing providing its own lullaby.