We weren't allowed pets in our complex ... but my girls were so traumatized , and I knew that owning , caring for a pet would help them a great deal... so that was the only rule I agreed we could "break". we started out with one little hamster named angel, then another named Precious. we were in and out of pet stores... pretty soon, the pet store owners knew what softies we were, so would call us whenever they had a small caged pet that couldn't find a home because it wasn't adoptable... ie.... we ended up with one eyed fish, one eyed hamsters... one legged budgies...geckos, guinea pigs, bunnies... . etc.... Over the years we had 33 little critters.(not all at once ) We brought home a miniuature bunny one day from the SPCA. We thought we were bringing home a little "girl bunny" so we named her Phoebe... 3 days later. my oldest daughter announces that this is no little girl. Well poor Ash cried for 3 days.... didn't want any "men" in the house. It was amazing to watch her overcome her fear and come to love that little thing. ... who she named Phoebo.... but ended up being Boo for short.
The girls watched as our little guinea pig Maggie had her litter of 4....
Each animal brought healing to them in their own special way. Mind you... I was cleaning cages till the cows came home. No sooner had I finished , it was time to start again.
We volunteered in a animal rescue agency when all our little guys had passed on. Ended up bringing home three cats... Sammy, Moses( who was so teeny I had to feed him with a eye dropper) and miss Cleaopatra. Unfortunately after 3 years of trying to keep our cats off the window sills we were " caught" and had to find new homes for them. But boy we tried everything.l... the curtains were pinned all the way to the ceiling and ducted taped to the wall.... miss Cleopatra was the worst one for figuring out how to get past all that and still end up on the window sill. It broke our hearts to have to give them up...but we knew that going in. We still volunteer at that animal rescue .... it is therapy that cannot be compared!
I'm glad to see how many of you have pets.... they are angels in my opinion... unconditional love heals many , many wounds!
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.