Thank you Tana for your hope-filled story
I found your website whilst looking up the links between owning a dog and depression.
I had been taking anti depressants for 30 years. I suffered severe depression and was suicidal several times. In March of last year a rescue puppy (she had been dumped in a rubbish bin) fell into my life and I adopted her. In May of last year, a month after I got her, I suddenly realised I hadn’t taken a single pill in the previous month. My doctor is not surprised. I haven’t taken an ant depressant pill since, and my whole outlook on life has completely changed.
I would add that I already had two cats, who I love dearly – but it’s been the dog who has helped me so much and continues to help me every day. My mother has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I am coping because I have this wonderful, wonderful dog in my life. If there is anything I can do to support your work please let me know. Tana.
So glad that your rescue helped you move away from anti-dpressants and change your life so very much! Ed