Hello, fellow animal advocates; This post on AnimalHumanConnection.com is a story that I collected at a recent pet event. Part of our mission is to collect and document the love stories of pets and people. There really and truly is a magic power in
sharing your life with a pet. Even when it is not an official “therapy pet” it is always therapeutic to bond with an animal who shares unconditional love and acceptance. Now, here is our “I Love Pet Stories.”
Ov?r th? years, I h?v? watched ?nd personally witnessed th? magical power ?f pets ?nd children. H?v?ng ? pet ?n ? child’s life ??n h?l? ?n th? early cognitive development, encouraging th?m t? crawl ?nd th?n walk, ?nd l?t?r h?l? boost ? child’s IQ ?nd reading skills.
M? daughter, Trish, learned h?w t? walk b? h?v?ng th? determination t? g?t ?ur dog Riley’s furry tail. Countless schools h?v? programs w?th children reading t? dogs. B? th? scent ?f ? dog’s treat ?n th? pages ?f th? book, th? child believes th? dog ?? tr??ng t? read ?l?ng w?th th?m wh?n r??ll? ?t ?? sniffing f?r th? treat. Th? dog’s focus ?n th? pages encourages th? child t? w?nt t? read longer.
Studies h?v? shown, th?t h?v?ng ? pet ??n l?w?r blood pressure ?nd heart rate, ?nd reduce anxiety. Depression ?? ? common mental illness. On? teenage girl w?? hospitalized f?r severe depression ?nd suicidal tendencies. N?th?ng ???m?d t? h?l? her. Dogs w?r? brought ?n f?r visits. Gradually th? girl began t? feel better. Sh? w?nt home ?nd began volunteering ?t th? local shelter, wh?r? ?h? walked dogs. Sh? ?v?n adopted ? couple ?f kittens, ?nd gradually recovered fr?m th? illness.
Pet therapy ?? th? healing power ?f animals.
Th?? h?v? th? power t? comfort thr?ugh unconditional love, th? power t? ease ?ur pain, ?nd th? power t? give u? th? strength ?nd courage t? k??? g??ng wh?n life hands u? ? difficult situation t? deal with. Animals u??d ?n pet therapy include dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, chickens, donkeys, llamas, ?nd ?v?n pot- bellied pigs.
M? dog, Riley, helped m? thr?ugh ? debilitating disease, Crohns Disease, ?nd gave m? th? strength ?nd courage t? k??? hanging ?n t? life. Thr?ugh h?? unconditional love, I w?? ?bl? t? survive! I feel ?v?r?th?ng ?n ?ur life h????n? f?r ? reason. I n?w speak ?b?ut pet therapy t? ?th?r? ?nd u?? m? dogs t? h?l? m?n? children cope.
Riley passed ?w?? ?n 2012 but w?ll f?r?v?r live ?n m? heart.
M? therapy dog, Teddy h?? ? v?r? special gift. H? h?? ? comical snore. H? w?ll curl u? b???d? ? child, ?nd wh?l? th?? ?r? petting him, h? b???m?? relaxed. Th? m?r? relaxed h? is, th? louder ?nd deeper th? snore becomes. Ev?n th? sickest child w?ll laugh ?t this. Th?? comical snore helps th? children t?k? th??r focus ?ff th??r pain.
Wh?n ? nurse, ?r parent, ?? h?v?ng ? difficult time convincing ? child t? t?k? th??r medicine, Teddy ??m?? t? th? rescue. W?th h?r big brown eyes, ?h? stares ?t th? child. Teddy w?ll reach ?ut h?r paw t? th?m ?nd wag h?r tail. If th?? t?k? th? medicine, Teddy w?ll d? ? trick f?r them, ?nd th?? ?r? allowed t? give h?r ? treat. F?r ?v?r? sip ?f medicine, th?? h?v? t? take, Teddy reaches ?ut h?r paw ?nd w?ll d? ? d?ff?r?nt trick. Th?? encourages th? children t? finish th? medicine quickly ?? th?t th?? ??n give Teddy m?r? treats, ?nd ??? ?ll h?r tricks. Teddy h?? b??n successful w?th ?v?r? child.
Pet therapy ??n occur anywhere.
R???ntl? ?t ? school, wh?r? I w?? giving ? presentation ?b?ut pet therapy, ? l?ttl? boy slowly walked u? t? th? front ?f th? room w?th h?? head hanging. H? h?d ?u?h sadness written ?ll ?v?r h?? young face. Wh?n h? finally g?t u? b???d? me, h? began t? cry, ?nd h? shared h?? story w?th me. H? ???d th?t h? wished m? dog h?d b??n w?th h?? grandfather th? night before.
H?? grandfather h?d died alone, ?nd th?? terribly upset th? l?ttl? boy. B?f?r? I ??uld ??? anything, Teddy wh? w?? lying quietly ?n th? floor b???d? us, sat u? ?nd reached ?ut t? th? kid. It w?? clear th?t Teddy sensed h?? pain. Th? boy held Teddy tightly ?n h?? arms. W?th Teddy licking th? tears away, w? ?ll watched ?? ? smile appeared ?n th? boy’s tiny face. On? hundr?d ?nd twenty children, ?t th?t presentation, witnessed th? power ?f pet therapy. Willy showed unconditional love f?r ? child ?n pain.
Pets ?r? magical.
Th?? sense ?ur n??d? ?nd comfort us. Th?? trul? give unconditional love. I w?uld encourage ??u t? m?k? ? difference f?r ??ur child, b? bringing ?n animal ?nt? th??r life! It ??n b? ? wonderful learning experience, ?nd ?l?? b? v?r? healing!
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