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Every Pet Is A Therapy Pet

I never cease to be amazed by the talent and effectiveness of service/therapy animals.  I still can’t believe how confidently guide dogs navigate city streets that are too overwhelming for many people.  And the wide variety of successful therapy animals – from horses to birds – reminds me how powerful the healing abilities of pets can be.

While I have always admired professional service/therapy dogs, yesterday I realized that every pet is a service/therapy animal to some degree.  Eko looks out for me in a number of ways on a daily basis.

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Eko comforts me when I’m feeling down

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I pick him up and he picks up my spirits

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And when I’m sick, Eko has no qualms about keeping me company

The vast majority of pets will never be certified service/therapy animals, but that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t improve our mood, outlook and overall health.  Pets don’t care if you’re sick and they don’t need an explanation when you’re feeling down.  All they need is you.  After yesterday’s events in Boston, all I needed was a hug and thankfully Eko was happy to oblige.

Yesterday’s tragedy also reminded me of one of my favorite quotations from Fred Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.'” 

Our thoughts are with the victims and the helpers.

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29 Comments

This is a great post, Will! Taylor helped me through the loss of my Grandpa as well as through the many times I grieve for Hopper, my first dog. As you stated, dogs have a keen sense that helps them detect when something is just not right with their mommies or daddies. Have you noticed that some humans don’t have this ability? Wow..that sounds harsh, but it’s so true!

Not harsh at all, just true! Humans have so many distractions and things going on with our lives that we don’t always notice the subtleties of others’ behavior. Luckily our dogs are 100% focused on us and intuitively know when we need some comfort.

Great post! If you ever make it to Wi, I would love my dog to meet your bud! I adopted Dexter a year and a half ago at age 9- him, not me:) Love him so much that I wrote a book about him- made him deaf in the book. Che k it out. http://Www.2foreverfriends.com. All pets are therapy dogs, for sure!

LOL:) I do hope you join us on Twitter @2foreverfriends or Facebook/2foreverfriends.com Will follow you guys. Love your spunk!

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