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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody,
I spent some quality time with my pets this weekend.  Even got a short walk in on Saturday.  Not much since I haven't been feeling too good and the weather isn't the greatest.  But it did us all so much good.  I always feel better around my dogs.
Do you have pets, and if so, do they help you to feel better when you are depressed?
Mine usually do.  Unless I am anxious, then I get nervous and I don't want to be around anything.  But they seem to understand and meander away, but are there in a second if I need them.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had two fish. But I got real depressed about a month ago & stopped feeding them. The one died on Christmas Eve. I'm trying to take better care of the other one. I need to clean her home.

Usually I like my fish. I got two females a while back to mate with my male, but the females ate the male within the first day. Oh, crazy fish! Maybe some day when I have a few extra bucks I will go get some more fish. I know it's really cruel but I kinda just wish the one I have died too b/c then I wouldn't have to take care of it right now. That'd be nice except that a lot of days I feel like the fish are the only ones who care if I live or die.

I would like to get a pet rat or maybe a sugar flyer so I could teach it nifty tricks, but that's even more work & I just don't think I have it in me. I've decided that if I can ever stay well for 12 months straight then I can get a furry pet.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh goodness! You shouldnt have asked!

I have 9 dogs(3 pugs, chihuahua, min pin, shepard mix, boston terrier mix, random mixed dog, and then a short fat long dog like a corgi or something)

We have 5 cats.
1 rabbit
2 hamsters
2 fish
1 chicken

hmm...Im sure Im missing something! lol

The shepard mix(Luci) is mine and she is my medicine. She loves to run so she gives me a good fast walk thru the yard! She cuddles up to me. She licks my face ad makes me smile when Im down. She takes me away from my worries. Just unconditional love.... she gives me the cute puppy look and reminds me that she came from the shelter, I dont know where she was born, or to who, or what she dealt with before she went there. I adopted her last(they had all there animals adopted at an event) she would have gone back to the shelter and been the only one there. I look in her eyes and imagine what shes been thru or what may have happened if I hadnt gotten her... That makes me thankful for my life, that I have a roof over my head, food, clothing, and people who love me...

So, in conclusion(!), Luci's my medicine.
Lyrica and Paxil (both working quite well might I add!)
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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good afternoon. I am new here (found you guys today). My name is Stephanie and I am 32. I have been on meds for a year and a half now (yet to find one that suits me).

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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Heej Stephanie, welcome to HW!

If you want, you can make a thread of your own, otherwise feel free to wander around here :-).

Karen, I don't have pets, though I love animals. Simple things as watching the birds, or the neighbour cats, can make me happy. Maybe I will have a pet later, though I have to be sure that there is enough of free room and time from me. Maybe a dog, or if it is possible a loyal bird of prey (without a cage, so it would have to fly back once in a while :-) ).

Take care!
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The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephanie,

I will bump up the introduction thread so that you can post on there if you would like to.

I think that you will find that you have come to a good place. The forum is full of wonderful members here who are very kind and understanding. We are so glad that you have joined us.

Keep posting,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I have a cat, whom the vet diagnosed as having 'Anxiety'. we found her dumped, abused and neglected in the bush near our house and now 9 years later she is still with us and is super clingy and needy, but OH so cute. i will be gutted when she dies, she sleeps on the foot of my bed. i know this may sound weird, but when im upset, she will climb up on me and  just settle there. she seems intuitive. my last breakup was very very messy and ultra painful and i cried for weeks and that cat just sat by my side and wouldnt leave me. i LOVE her!

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   Posted 1/5/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so nice how our animals know when we are in pain. Physicsally and emotionally. I don't know what I would do without my dogs.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/5/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   

I have my precious poodle Ramone.  He is thirteen and my heart and soul.  I love him dearly.  We are all so lucky to have wonderful pets.  They always give us unconditional love.


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   Posted 1/5/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aurora,

I know that you lost one not too long ago, so I wasn't sure if this topic would make you sad, but I see it didn't. You are focussing on the one that you have still. And yes, they do love so unconditionally. That is what I love about them. They are so loyal.

I hope that you are having a great evening.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/5/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got a black cat named Ji Ji (my family considers black cats good luck, it's a little different than America), and I have a chow chow/shih tzu mix, and a german shepherd/ pit bull mix. I don't like the pit bull because he's just too crazy (although he's very loving and nice), but my cat and my chow chow are great when I need a friend

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   Posted 1/6/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Star,

I have a dog that is suppose to be german shepard and pitt bull, but I think she is australian cattledog and pitt bull instead. She is the sweetest dog that I ever had, but doesn't know her own strength. Her name is Chance.

hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/6/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Stephanie,

Welcome to HealingWell.  This is Kitt. Nice to meet you.

I have a Doberman at home, had 2 but one died a year ago.  The one I have is a sweetheart but thinks she is the boss. Her show name is By Design's Eye Witness,  her real name is Morgan

My daughter has a boarding kennel and raises and shows Doberman's and Boston Terriers.  So if I need a pet fix, I go over there to play with all the dogs I want. cool

Yes pets are great.




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