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5/3/13 12:44 P

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when my little one is in pain I feel horrible! She's my baby girl. I hate seeing her in pain. She brings me a ton of comfort as well. She's the center of my world and I'm the center of hers kinda thing

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Since my foot surgery, Zoey has been my constant companion and when I was in so much pain yesterday she laid by me and then got in the bed when I had to lay down. Pets are a great support system, wish everyone would realize that!

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5/3/13 2:55 A

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I hear you.

I think a lot of mental problems (non violent ones) and pain management could be dealt with by an assistance animal. It'd save a lot on medications as well.

I remember a sci fi program Alien Nation where the aliens used the "souls" of animals to help heal the sick. They had all sorts of animals in the ward with the patients. While it was make believe I think we should be moving toward the use of animals for healing

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I do wish pets were a bigger part of nursing homes/long term care homes and hospitals.

I've worked in long term care facilities before. Most recently a small (15 resident facility) one that dealt with residents who were non violent/non aggressive with moderate to severe forms of dementia. I had to quit when an on the job injury bruised my spine-porch railing gave away I was leaning on-fell 5 feet and really screwed up my back to where I can't life more than 20 pounds.

The owners got 5 cats just for the facility and set up a kitty cat heaven for them. Everything kind of tower and scratching post and toy a cat could dream of and pretty much have the run of the place. The cats loved to be held-you give them belly rubs and they turned to putty. And the residents just couldn't get enough of it. When a resident was in a foul mood or in extra pain, one of us would get them set up on one of the recliner chairs and another would go find a cat. Place cat in residents lap, remind them to gently stroke kitty and within 20 minutes they were well on their way to happy ville or they were too distracted by petting the kitty to think about how much pain they were in. The cats did something us staff couldn't.

There is this other case of this gentle man who was in one of the local papers. He's 35, 36 I think. Anyway, his wife said when he came back from his 3rd and final tour in Iraq, he was an angry bitter man. He had no interest in playing with their kids, (now ages 13-15,) nor interest in her. He was given a medical discharge for PTSD. He would only want to leave the house once a month to collect his disability check and go to the VA hospital to keep getting his meds. His PTSD was as bad as it came.

Finally a vets group got him a PTSD, depression and anxiety trained service animal. A 4 year old 60 pound pitty mix named Baby Girl. His wife said within weeks his old self was starting to come back and the pair had become dependent upon each other. Baby Girl was doing what trained therapists couldn't-reaching him. The guy said that one day he was just in a foul mood, had been all day. Some how, he ended up alone in the house-just him and Baby Girl. Baby Girl had wandered off to her favorite napping spot-a window in the living room that got a lot of sun. The guy was ready to do himself in, had his service revolver out and loaded. But before he could pull the trigger, Baby Girl startled him by jumping up on the bed, nudged the gun out of his hand and started kissing him and waggin her tail. She wasn't trained to knock the gun out of his hand but he figures she just "knew" he needed her. That's when he knew he still had value to some thing-even if it was a 60 pound four legged creature.

Whoever said "Money can't buy Happiness" never paid a dog rescue groups adoption fee.


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I know exactly what you mean

The best thing about our pets is they make us think about more than ourselves, which is a good thing. I remember when my Dad died, we still had our herd of dairy goats that had to be fed and milked and when Mum passed they were a great comfort, life just doesn't stop.

I'm still stymied as to why they don't have animals in hospitals, rest homes etc more often when there are many instances where they help and contribute to the well being of sick, disabled and aged people

Edited by: FLOWERDALEJEWEL at: 5/2/2013 (04:31)
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Shadow is a great comfort to me in helping to manage my pain. He sleeps right up against my legs which helps reduce the pain.I am also having numbness and weakness attacks as of late he helps me with getting around as well. Back in 2009 he saved my life by waking me up as I was having a stroke. He is my most cherished friend.

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It is amazing seem to have an unlimited supply of love. They find joy in sharing it, not only with "their people" but with anyone that they deem needs it. We are blessed to share their lives.

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I know my dog Kiki has had a major impact on my life. Hubby and I adopted her in December. In 3 months she's had a huge impact on me. She needs me for love, comfort, food, water, walks and play time. I love snuggling up with her as much as she loves it. I'm not sure what it is but she reads my moods better than any human. When I'm angry, upset or feeling blue she's right there wanting to be loved. I can tell her things I'm not comfortable speaking out loud to a human at the moment-she's like my super secret keeper. When I come home from being gone-be it to the mail box or the store, she comes flying from her bed in my mom's room looking for me. Tail wagging, face lit up, jumping around-super happy where from my hubby I get at best "hey" I look forward walking in the door now because of how happy she'll make me feel welcoming me home. I just love being with her because of the joy she gives me.

Whoever said "Money can't buy Happiness" never paid a dog rescue groups adoption fee.


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That is such a special story MaryAlice,

I know petting dogs and cats or any other animal will relax me!
Thanks for the article Jules!

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Petting a pet relaxes you and it seams every time we turn around they are finding something else petting a pet helps. When I worked at a nursing home, I took my dog in, he al of a sodden pulled away from me and started licking the hands of a lady that was little more then a vegetable. That was a big no no. When I ran to get the dog, the nurse looked and me and said "no leave him, I'll clean her hands. This lady that didn't respond to anything, had eyes as big and excited as any child seeing a friendly dog and she seamed to be encouraging him calling him puppy, good puppy.

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Here's an interesting article which makes a lot of sense to me. I remember many years ago when my Dad died, we had dairy goats, they kept us going as they needed us. We had no time to feel sorry for ourselves, the same happened when Mum died.

Experts have never really explained the almost "supernatural" feeling pets have for our pain etc.

What to you all think?

www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/how
-pets-can-ease-chronic-pain.aspx?xid=n
l_EverydayHealthPetHealth_20130321


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