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.
Over the years, I have watched and personally witnessed the magical power of pets and children. Having a pet and child’s life ??n h?l? ?n th? early cognitive development, encouraging them to crawl and then walk, and l?t?r h?l? boost ? child’s IQ ?nd reading skills.
M? daughter, Trish, learned how to walk b? having the determination to get our dog Riley’s furry tail. Countless schools have? programs with children reading to dogs. Be the scent of a dog’s treat on the pages of the book, the child believes the dog ?? training to read living with them when r??ll? ?t ?? sniffing f?r th? treat. The dog’s focus ?n th? pages encourages the child t? w?nt t? read longer.
Studies have shown, that having pet can lower blood pressure ?nd heart rate, ?nd reduce anxiety. Depression ?? ? common mental illness. On? teenage girl w?? hospitalized for severe depression ?nd suicidal tendencies. Nothing ???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 from the illness.
Pet therapy ?? the healing power of 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? through ? debilitating disease, Crohns Disease, ?nd gave m? th? strength ?nd courage t? k??? hanging ?n t? life. Through h?? unconditional love, I w?? ?bl? t? survive! I feel ?v?r?th?ng ?n ?ur life h????n? f?r ? reason. I now speak about 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.
My 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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