You know those days? Feed the kids, someone is sick, work is slammin’, phone is buzzing – no time to stop and notice anything. No time to be mindful of anything.
Walking into a behavioral health center with Myles is like slowing down time. The minute security lets us in everything moves at a crystal clear, catch my breath pace. My phone stays in the car.
Myles is so patient. He stares at me the entire time he is “on duty” waiting for my command of “okay, go visit” which means he is allowed to trot over to everyone in the room. He makes his way to every, single person. It is a trip to watch him do his thing.
With one person he barks like a puppy, gives his paw for a shake, and drops a ball in their lap. As soon as he finishes with that person he moves on to the next. With someone else he lays his head in their lap and lets them pet him while they cry. He senses their energy and behaves accordingly.
For anyone suffering from depression a few moments of relief from a tormented mind is welcome. Therapy dogs seem to be able to shake people out of those dark spaces and places. Myles and I show up, feel the weight of emotions in a room, and know that when we leave the energy in that room is lighter.
Some visits are tough. Tough on him and tough on me. They are a necessary reminder in my busy, busy life about what is really important. They are a necessary reminder about being for real, feeling emotions, and connecting with people. This Friday was an easy one. Even the incredible therapists came to get their Myles fix and wish me well for the week.
Some say that horses are the masters of communication without words, so if it were me, I’d request only horses, besides therapy dogs. These creatures are wonderful with our species. Makes you wonder if we were all meant to work together in this way. I believe that we were. I personally know a young child who has worked with a therapy horse each week for years and this started when he was a toddler. His need for equine assisted therapy was living with a form of brain cancer and needing the rehabilitation. The horse seemed to boost his healing from his brain surgeries. I think the connection between animals and humans is amazing and more and more is being learned about it every year. In fact, I think I will interview his Mother about this therapy and write more about it.
Written By: Nicole Blazer
If you are one of the more needy patients or visitors, then the therapy dog who is visiting will be aware of this and come to you with open arms so-to-speak. You will feel better after your visit with the dog and so will he. There’s something about this bond, it actually creates a calm for both of you and makes you each feel better afterwards. The dog loves his job and would do it everyday, no questions asked. These hard working doge are born, not made and love what they do. It’s a beautiful thing to see and to watch, especially for their handler. I personally have seen Myles in small doses with the kids at a fair/event and it was awesome to see his happiness with each child that walked by and paid him attention. He was, in that moment, whatever that child needed him to be. Just beautiful.
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