Comfort from pets?

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   Posted 11/26/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am just sitting here having my usual bad start to my morning.  I always wake up in tons of pain as its usually past time for meds( I try and sleep as long as I can in the hopes of saving an extra vicodin for later by holding off on taking my morning meds)so I feel kinda sick and then I have go the suppository route cause I cant go potty unless I do and that hurts too and now with the weather cold all my muscles contract as soon as I get out of my warm bed. 
Anyways, pretty much every morning my huge long haired cat named Zilla stands up next to me begging to be picked up and I always do and just having him in my lap,purring like crazy and he is just so in love with me petting him that it lowers my pain immediatly and makes me feel calm and even loved.  I have had Zilla for about 4 years now and he is deffinatly my cat.  He also climbs into my lap each night when I am sitting in my chair.  He seems to sense when my pain is at it's worst and then comes to me.  He will also lay close to me on my bed during the day if I end up there due to pain and it's funny that he always seems to lay right next to the area that is hurting the worst and it feels so good having his warm body next to me.
I was wondering if any of you have pets that are so intuned to your pain and if you also get alot of comfort from them.  I can't imagine a morning without Zilla being there for me.  I don't know who gets more out of our time together me or him lol.  Zilla is this big and I mean huge tough cat that takes no crap from any other animal in our area including standing on his hind legs to box a big racoon occasionally and ya I have watched him do this and it amazes me that he does it with no fear at all ,just protecting his property and then goes on his way but he is the most loving animal I have ever when it comes down to just me and him.  He barely gives my husband a second glance and will sometimes walk by Jayson and let him pet him but never climbs in his lap which is fine because Jayson has a mean African grey parrott that hates my guts but is totally in love with Jayson lol so I guess we each have our own pets.
I hope everyone has a great holiday with low pain and lots of smiles.
Soft Hug's,
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   Posted 11/26/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, definitely yes, Karen!  My dog, Sabra, is my constant companion and she knows when I'm having a bad time.  She never leaves my side.  If I go to a different room, she's padding right behind me.  When I'm in pain and sitting on the sofa, she will climb up on the back of the sofa and lay behind me with her little head on my shoulder nuzzled in my neck.  She has licked the tears off my cheeks when I was grieving the loss of my husband.  She is my treasure and fills my life with sooo much love.  She does help with the pain and also gets me walking every day,too.  So, yes, pets are truly a blessing.
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   Posted 11/26/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs and 2 fish :) The cats are the best, they are just relaxing, when Im really in a lot of pain they come and cuddle, their warmth and purrs are relaxing. We love our pets, we would never be w/o them.

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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I love my cat without a doubt but I sure do miss having a dog also.  Before I moved to this lil town I was married before and I had an austrailan shepard and let me tell you that dog was my best friend for 8 years.  He was very protective of my home and property and always made the rounds each night before he could go to sleep.  After things got bad in my marriage Bear was my protector many times.  My ex had a very bad temper fueled by his bottles of Jack Daniels and things got very violent in the last year or so.  Bear would stand between me and the ex and that wonderful animal took some hard blows instead of me during these fights.  But no matter how much pain he would endure for me he always stood his ground growling and snapping his jaws and I know he got in some pretty good hits himself.
Unfortunately I had to give Bear up when I moved here.  The landlord said no dogs and I thought my heart would break giving him up.  I found a aussie rescue site online and found Bear a nice family to live with on a huge piece of property on an island.  The lady was very understanding when she came to take Bear.  I sat out on my porch with him with my head buried in his soft fur and just could not stop sobbing.  Bear seemed to understand what was happening and he cried too but when the lady leashed him to lead him away he didnt fight her and just stared out the window of the car like why are you doing this to me mom?  This lady was so kind that she took the ferry over several times over the years to let me visit with Bear.  She even called a few times and let me "talk" to him on the phone and she said he would perk his ears up and whine.  The few visits that we had and there could have been more but I felt like I was confusing Bear and only hurting him with these visits.
The last vist I had with Bear the years were showing on him.  His fur had mostly turned to gray(he was 14 on our last visit) and he had arthritis in his joints which made it hard for him to walk and all the energy I had enjoyed with him over the years was now gone with age and pain.  Bear still came to me when I called and let me cuddle him but after about 30 minutes he became nervous and was going back and forth between me and Stephanie,wanting to go home but not wanting to leave me either.  I finally told her to take him home and that he was not my dog anymore and he knew it which was sad but also good because he had fallen in love with his new family.  I told the lady that this would be our last visit,that I wanted Bear to live what was left of his life in peace plus I couldnt handle seeing him like that.  This gal couldnt seem to understand how I was feeling about all of this and kept pushing to bring Bear out again.  I hope I didnt come off as cold but it was best for me and Bear to say our finale goodbyes.  At least I knew that he went to a good home and even got to spend time with a little boy so I am sure many hours of playing frisbee and playing in the water nearby.
But anyways it is nice having a cat and I always have had one but I still do miss having a dog and now the landlord is allowing a small dog but I am reluctant to get one as my cat is so territorial and when I first got him I already had another cat(Tabitha has since passed away) and he was always fighting with her and omggggggggg peeing all over the house to mark his territory.  Luckily the peeing stopped as soon as the other kitty died so I kept Zilla(I was so close to getting rid of him) and I know that if I brought another animal into the house that he would probably start his bad behavior again.  So if something happened to Zilla or when he gets older and dies maybe another dog.  What a wonderful gift from God to give us these beautiful animals as companions.
Mom of one gramma to 4 lover to One
Fibromyalgia,IBS,Stroke x2,endometriosis,Diabetes type 2,neuropathic pain,nerve damage due to tailbone removel,nerve damage due to fractured back,deppresion,high blood pressure,severe nausea,atrophy,chronic pain,nerve damage due to botched bladder surgery,torn hip joint,hypoglycymic
Norco(double strength vicodin) 80 to 100 mg @ day
Ms Contin(morphine) 45 mg @ day,Lyrica 600mg @ day

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   Posted 11/26/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Karen and Zilla (((((((((Hugs))))))))))
I love my cat Willow so much.  She's my baby!  12 year old Russian Blue/mix.  She has the most amazing personality.  So smart!  I also find pain relief from spending time with her whether it's just laying on the couch with her cuddled in my arms (and drooling into my hair), or playing with her, it's the best comfort and therapy ever!!!
Great thread Karen.  Thanks for sharing!
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   Posted 11/26/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I really don't know what I would do without my dogs. They are such a comfort. I gave them both a home, but they rescued me.

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   Posted 11/26/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I have said on here  many times that my animals are very comforting to me 3 dogs 3 cats and they are in tune with how I feel. I have an Aussie as well and she is a wonderful dog she is 12 and she is turning pretty gray. She has cancer and I dont know what I will do with out her.Aussie will always be special to me. I met a lady and her dog had Aussie Pups back in October When Lucy passes on I will get another one I just dont think its a good time to bring a puppy into the house and stress out an already sick dog.

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   Posted 11/26/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I too don't know what I would do without my 2 furkids. Ellie(Yorkie) & Brie(Maltese Mix) are my babies. I talk to them and they listen. When I'm not feeling well they know it and act as if they are trying to be quiet and not bother me. No matter how many naps I take, they are right there beside me.

Now that my children are grown and gone these 2 brighten up my day! My husband also enjoys them when he gets home from work. He always looks forward to them running to the door to greet him. They truly are part of the family.

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