Does your pet help calm you?

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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always heard that animals/pets can be very calming.
I was wondering do any of you feel that your pet(s) help to calm you down when you are in a painc mode?
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
my cats totally make me feel better, they make me laugh when i am down. and they love you no matter what, so yes they are good therapy for me tongue

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   Posted 1/23/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely!  My little dog Buster is the best when I'm anxious.  When I get uptight, he seems to know that I need him near me, but he doesn't get playful at all, he just snuggles up near me and let's me pet and cuddle him if I need too.  It makes me feel so much better, especially in the morning, which has always been the worst time of day for me, he sleeps in bed with me, and waking up to that sweet little face and warm fur is the best!

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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, yes 1000 times yes, but my sweet Dobie, Dee,  died in November.  We still have our Morgan but she is my husbands best friend, she tolerates me but not like my own special friend did.

I plan to get another one just for me, a Doberman of course, black and tan.I would like a younger one this time so hopefully she will stay with me forever.


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   Posted 1/24/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   

I would say a big " YES". It has helped me so much and others I know as well. Just the comfort of having them around and by our side. Also, to pet them even bush them keeps the focus on them and not me. I know with me when my a/p really starts in my dogs seem to pick it up. I will brush them or just pet them and that helps me as I seem to start my focus more on them then me. Also just to have them by my side is a huge comfort. My one cat, he could care less. He is more my sons cat then mine as it is with one of the dogs as well. But the other 2 dogs follow me day and night. I am lucky enough to have my business at my home and they will lay in my office as well, and sleep by my bed all night.

Our Pets are also part of the family


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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My two cats are quite entertaining and the unconditional love is the best.

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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   

As you can probably tell by my screen name, I had to reply to this post!

Definitely YES - animals are very calming, and multiple scientific studies have even documented this fact.

I have two certified therapy dogs, and every time I take them to visit patients in the hospital, I witness the amazing healing powers that animals possess.  We often visit the psychiatric floor, and time after time, I watch people calm down and become more grounded after spending time with the dogs. 

In my own life, my dogs and cats have been my best therapists.  The animals are there for us, no matter what.  As the saying goes, "They ask no questions and pass no criticisms."

I've been visiting hospitals with my dogs for three years now, and it's very clear to me that the dogs often communicate with people on a very deep level.  During last week's visit to the hospital, we met an elderly woman, and she was deeply agitated.  I lifted my dog up for her to pet, and when my dog's eyes met the patient's eyes, there was an instant spark.  The patient calmed down and intently watched and petted my dog.  The nurse later commented that no medication had been able to calm her down that much.

So, without a shadow of a doubt, I firmly believe that animals can calm us down tremendously!

One of my favorite quotes describes this perfectly:

"The best way to make friends with a dog is to talk to him.  He can't talk back, but he can understand a heap more than you think he can."

Well said. 

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   Posted 1/24/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   

  I can honestly say YES my horses are my life and keep me going no matter what is going on in my life, they are always there for me in need. Even if I just need to sit on one I can and be at peace with them, for they will take me to were I wish to be and back again for I may fall off but they will stop and let me back on as they are my true friends to the end.

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   Posted 1/24/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Another resounding yes! I have a miniature pinscher named Lucy and she's the sweetest little dog in the world (I might be a bit biased). Whenever I need a distraction I can play with her, or if I'm down and just need a cuddle she's always more than willing. It's very therapeutic just to be able to hold and stroke her. She sleeps in the bed with us, so if I wake up anxious in the middle of the night I can reach out and her warm body helps me relax. Plus there is nothing better than seeing her face snuggled up to mine when I open my eyes in the morning! Unconditional love really is amazing.

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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Animals ( our pets and others as well IMHO ) give us Unconditional Love and we can talk to them about anything and not worry it will be repeated UNLESS you have "talking birds" as I do" and then ya have to be very careful about cussing and such as they do love to repeat...........

My Daughter is totally calmed down by her cat " Patches" and It is so beautiful to see .....this was the last thing her Bio dad had given her prior to passing away so she feels a connection to him thru her from what she says and shows

This is a great thread and Iam about 110% positive you will find that all or almost all will answer yes to your question

** It is a Proven fact that petting your cat or kitten / dog can and will most likely LOWER your Blood pressure
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   Posted 1/24/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I am SO glad so many of you have responded! I really have loved reading all of your post about your pets.

I love how freezing posted about horses. I find my goats seem to comfort me. They follow me around like pups and always seem to listen. I have even went out into the barn sobbing over crazy stuff and come out laughing. Odd I know but they make a difference.
I am lucky that when I come in from the barn I also have a small dog to love me and listen to my woes. It is really amazing how she seems to know I am in a mood and need a friend. She sleeps on the bed with me too but tends to be a bit of a bed hog, LOL.

I am sorry to hear Stkitt that you lost your Dee. I know she must have been an amazing friend. I hope that when you begin to look for a new friend as you said in your post, I hope you find the perfect friend for you!

Thank you all for posting your thoughts and stories about your pets!
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   Posted 1/24/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I really think this is a GREAT thread and I am saure we will see more and more ppl post about their babies

It truly is amazing how our animals "KNOW" that there is something going on with us EH

I remember our old Cait "Puss Puss" she would literally lay across my belly when I was preggars with Cait was so nice to have her there and if I was crying about something the EX had done or said in verbal abusive ways she would get up in my face and lick at the tears........
I really miss her.............but she has cancer and had to put her down when Cait was 3 yrs old

Ciat has some kind of affinity with animals especially CATS thats why her NN is Cat ...LOL
She is going to be a has been her life dram and she is still uo in the high 80 plus's' and in the 90's with some course so I know she is going for the dream.......
I will support her 110% in anything she chooses to do ..IF Cait had her way we would have a zoo here no word of a lie she is forever bringing animals home

AGain great thread and I for one am not surprised at the input and responses

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