We have one tabby cat. He just turned 14 years old but he's not very big as he was the runt of the litter.
And, frankly, he's my husband's cat. I like when he lies on my legs when I'm watching TV but most of the time, I find him annoying with his incessant meowing. The meowing is a newish development. Up until he was around 10, he was great because he rarely meowed. I don't know why he meows so much now. It drives me crazy!
I have 2 dogs - an American Bulldog/English Springer Spaniel mix who is 2 and a Border Collie/Dobie mix who is 1. They are both boys (Max and Jackson).
And ABSOLUTELY they make me feel better, are sympatheric to my bouts of depression, shame, and crying uncontrollably. And they make me get up and do things. I know I get up to open the back door about 30 times a day, and 29 of those times the door is already open and they just want someone to play. So we play as much as my ankle allows.
I'd rather have a therapy animal than a person who doesn't care and is only getting paid to do a job.
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I have 2 cats, Angel is a ginger tabby with cream marking but otherwise looks & acts like Garfield. Fud now please... now please...and looks like you'd expect too. The other is a white/black calico who thinks she's practicing for the Indy 500 whenever she's startled, sees a foot or any other reason. However, if I'm hurting and/or not feeling well both will curl up with me. I also seem to feel less pain when they do.
Cyndi Gryffindor, aka Sapphire Moonwitch Southern California
My husband has two Yorkies. I want him to be the one that is responsible for their care so I am careful to let everyone know they belong to DH. Both dogs like to lay at my feet here at the computer desk, which brings a smile to my heart.
I have cats.they do help relieve stress, tho they can add it, too. but on balance I think they add much to life, keeping me active, interested and involved with their mysterious lives.
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Oh yes I do believe pets help for starter when I first got diagnosed my dog would help me get out of bed He knows if I'm not feeling well and won't leave my side my cats know when its time to cuddle my parrot really alleviates stress he knows just when to act silly to get me laughing I'd be lost with out them
Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )
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We have our precious Springer Spaniel Mix. She is about 4 months old now and the joy of our lives. Yes, Hope definitely knows when I'm hurting and sad. Comes and snuggles up with me if possible and lays her head on my lap or shoulder and gives me puppy kisses. About 2 months ago or so, we lost our darling Jack here on the farm and oh, I was so horribly sad and Hope noticed that right away! We got her from our local Humane Society, so she was rescued and we can't imagine life without her. Yes, she's my profile picture right now!
I have a yellow lab/golden retriever mix. He's so lovable and when anyone doesn't feel good he's laying down "in sympathy" for them. It's so cute. He's really good with my 2 "special" kids. The down side is he steps on my feet a lot, and some days it about makes me cry. Sometimes he bounds into my knees. It's like living with Marmaduke, but I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's my baby :)
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Yes, we have 6 cats and 6 dogs!!! Some are brothers and sisters; others are rescues and YES they are a comfort to me when I am not feeling well. They seem to always know when "mommy" is having a bad day. The dogs range in age from 13 years to 5 years and the cats are from 8 years to 5 years.
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I have a gray Russian Blue kitty. She is 6 years old and her name is Mayo. She gets extremely upset when I don't feel good. She is downright conciliatory....She's a great diversion and I take comfort in her when I'm stressed or hurting.
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