Therapy Animals

Who said that your best friend has to be a human being? It’s nice, but it’s not the only option. Sometimes when traumatic experiences occur a person may not be there for you. It is a shame yet true. Lives are busy and people get absorbed in their own bubble to truly be there for someone else. There are exceptions to the rule, and that is wonderful. Just remember that when all is down the pooper and your miserable, nothing compares to your pet. They are the absolute best therapy animals, all of them.

Our pets are an extension of our family. They keep our secrets and don’t gossip about us. The loyalty is true and unconditional. Oh boy are they the best! Whatever pet you have enjoy them, for they are a wondrous gift.

I have known some people who have PTSS due to traumatic experiences and their pets save them from all sorts of negative patterns such as:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Body twitching/nervous tick
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Despair
  • Suicidal thoughts

Pets and therapy animals help people with mental and emotional difficulties and help to heal. Studies have shown significant improvement in a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing when in the company of an animal, whether a certified therapy animal or simply your pet.

I myself have experienced a variety of negative situations that left me feeling hopeless and full of despair. I can openly say after so many years that I did contemplate suicide. My dog saved me from doing that. All he did was be himself and that’s exactly what I needed to get out of abysmal despair. It was a slow process of healing but with his help and love, I was gradually transferring into the positive person I used to be. I re-enrolled in College and focused on my studies. It was so lovely to not have that fear of people after a long time of consistent suspicion of people and their behavior. Yes you can call it paranoia. Therapy of many forms is a profound, especially when you have an open mind to heal. You must have the desire to heal otherwise it doesn’t work.

I have since lost my dog due to old age. I’m forever grateful to him for being my bestie who literally saved my life. Oh yes I had my friends Matthew and John that were and are my best friends, but my Sandy was the absolute best.

In this next phase of my life I’m in reinventing mode and enjoying the unknown ride. My new little bestie is a cockatiel Cotton Ball. He’s actually my husband’s bird, yet I’m fortunate to have him in my life. I have the unconditional love and loyalty of both husband and bird. It’s a lovely experience since I know nothing about birds. I call myself a person in training and I am enjoying the new experience. I never realized that a little bird can actually be lots of fun to play with. Cotton Ball is a loving little one with a hint of mischievousness. It’s quite funny and entertaining.

I may not have certified therapy animals, but between Sandy and Cotton Ball I am pleased at the help they give me, especially when I have discouraging days. We all have them.

Remember, give a pet an inch and they’ll give you the world! I am grateful to have that second chance, and once able we shall hopefully rescue a dog or two. Now that would be great.

I do admit that having Cotton Ball in my life now is helping me focus in a positive manner with my school studies. Marketing and web studies can be daunting sometimes. So…I tell Cotton Ball all about it. His head may bounce back and forth to listen, but we both get something positive out of it.

If you have problems of any kind try getting a pet of your choice. They will give you 24/7 everything. I can vouch for that.

I now don’t depend on Cotton Ball to rescue me from sadness, yet he enhances my own ability to heal, thrive and be a force for good.

I share this with you in hopes that it can help you see alternatives out there. There are so many choices today to heal yourself. Take advantage of them.

What do you like to do?

Creative writing-great write it down

Art-start painting


School-stimulate and keep your mind busy with positive projects

Prayer-talk to your Lord and release your feelings

Pets-Pets-Pets ❤️

I am a person that practices and utilizes everything in the above list. Quite a long way from suicidal thoughts. I’m proud of myself. If you’ve overcome that, then I’m proud of you too. You should be proud.

I commend all the therapy animals out there helping everyone from wounded warriors, illness in hospitals, and those suffering from PTSS. May your healing commence positively.

What pets do you have?

If not would you ever consider getting one?

What are your thoughts on this form of therapy?

I would appreciate to know.

Stay great! 🐦🐶🕊


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