Working On Us – Week 11 – Therapy/Emotional Support Animals (Pets)

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Working On Us – Week 11 –

Therapy/Emotional Support Animals (Pets)

Beckie’s Mental Mess Weekly Prompt

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Prompt #1 Questions:

Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy?

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Scrappy Spring 2019

I don’t have an officially certified companion, but l do have a long standing friend in the companionship l have with my pet dog – Scrappy. Scrappy, and for that matter all the companions l have had in my life or roughly for the last 26 years have all offered emotional support in many ways. Are they therapy for me? No, many a time they have been my only companionship. 

With dogs especially for me, they have opened the doors and hearts of others and made conversation very easy when oft at times conversation could be hard. I found in the early days of ownership in my early thirties and unknowing of my Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis [in my forties] or indeed even of the presence l found that dogs literally opened ‘doors’ and that l was able to talk to people who l didn’t know  more easily and fluidly.

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Autism therapy dogs and even non therapy dogs of autistic people are sometimes one of the biggest aiders to calming their owners down and allowing them to enjoy their lives when out and about. My dogs, Scrappy included have served as Ambassadors for me in my life as a companion to dogs. The impact it impressed upon me was so great l created a design to support my feelings on the subject and have several tee shirts with this design.

Is your pet a certified therapy animal?

No.

What kind of pet do you own?

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Kelpie [Australian Sheepdog] Cross with Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Do you believe that support animals truly assist those in need? 

Yes l do, the benefits of companionship of all animals therapy or not make are huge. Specially Trained Therapy dogs are invaluable assets to their companions.

Do you believe that any animal can be a therapy/support pet?

Yes and no. First we must divide and define between therapeutic support  and supportive ‘working’ animals. All animals can offer emotional support, but mostly it is dogs that would be considered support / service animals. However the definition here is ’emotional support for mental health?’ In that situation then all animals carry enormous benefits to their own companionships.

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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.  

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My dogs all of them, but especially Scrappy as she is my last pack member has helped me develop into more of the person l am today, in many ways she defined parts of my personality – she [alongside initially Dora] enabled me to become more socially confident due to her curious nature of meeting new people, not other dogs. This is turn opened up conversations.

She has also inspired me to better myself in more recent months and return to who l used to be – she has inspired my resilience to boost my health more effectively. Both of my girls helped me become me again.

With our dogs they are our closest friendships on earth, humans cannot even come remarkably close to their companionship. They offer their companions an undying loyalty and an unconditional love. They support us through our toughest times, become our shoulders to cry upon, to celebrate our life.  We are lost without their friendship, their companionship – we almost become nothing when they leave us.

Are dogs and for that matter all other animals beneficial to our health, our wellbeing, our quality mental health, our therapeutic emotionality, our functionality to survive ………. Yes.

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10 thoughts on “Working On Us – Week 11 – Therapy/Emotional Support Animals (Pets)

  1. Thank you, Rory! I loved reading about how much of an impact Scrappy, and God rest Dora’s soul, has made on your overall well-being. When you mention that Scrappy has opened doors with social interaction, it really resonates. My roommate has social anxiety, very bad I might add. If it weren’t for her dog, (my niece) “Pinky” she wouldn’t converse with anyone.
    I’m so happy you shared your story and experience about how much Scrappy has helped you. I’m also so appreciative with joining “Working on Us” Week #11. It’s always such a pleasure!!!
    🐶💚

  2. Dora looks like my Darlin. She was taken (by an idjit) from her mama when her eyes were barely open. I was pregnant with Older Daughter at the time and we rescued Darlin and bottle fed her. She was good practice for the human baby on the way. We lost her way too early. She had that thing where the stomach separates…I forget what it’s called but it happens is large chested dogs.

    Our K9s give so much and ask very little in return.

    1. I know – Dora was one of a kind, l know all dogs are, and of course they are, they give their absolute all into the friendship/relationship/companionship to us.

      Dora developed mammary cancer in 2013 and developed a hige almost grapefruit sized tumour on her left side. She was operated on, and the lump was removed successfully, but it grew back before her stitches could heal and again she was operated on, but she never recovered. I lost her on the 24th March 2014 – there have only been a few seriously sad days in my life, to the degree that l have felt part of my soul being ripped out from my body. Dora’s death was the second time.

      I know another one is approaching, l can feel the stress rising in my body just thinking about it, hence becoming so very very busy – l don’t think it’ll make one iota of a difference, but l have to be positive and remember to enjoy every precious moment l have with her.

  3. hugs rory, I am delighted you get so much love and companionship from scrappy! I am the same way with nitro, he is my everything! I love him and my life would be so much worse if he wasn’t in it! what type of dog was dora? xoxo

    1. Hey Carol Anne, dogs l feel, fill our lives with so much joy. I love cats also, but they are very independent creatures where as a dog and companion is a onesome relationship because they share more.

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