Do you have pet?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Do you have pet?
Mon, 05-13-2013 - 1:15pm

Do you have a pet? Do you think it helps with your anxiety? How?


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Registered: 10-22-2001
Mon, 06-03-2013 - 11:28pm

We have two cats...

Most definitely...

Caring for them is calming and comforting...

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Registered: 10-12-1998
Mon, 06-24-2013 - 10:47am

I do and it does. 

Actually I've lost 3 older pets in the past few years.  They were a cohesive group and it has been a painful grieving process. They were a sense of continuity and acceptance that I haven't gotten elsewhere, and having them helped me deal with so much.  It didn't matter how much I screwed up or how inarticulate I was in public, when I came home, they were just there and always accepting.  I miss them all terribly and feel lost without them sometimes.

As for now, we have 1 kitty, but he is more bonded to another family member.  Still, I take all the love I can get from him Smile and try to give as much in return.  I can't bring myself to actively seek out another cat or dog right now, but I pray just about every day that one will just sort of show up in my life somehow if the time is right.  It hasn't happened, but maybe someday I will be up for actively seeking another, or those prayers will be answered.