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October 02, 2018
When we talk about "mans best friend" we all agree we refer to a domestic dog. Dogs have been extensively trained as service animals to perform tasks as guide dogs, herding dogs, search and rescue dogs, tracking and hunting dogs etc. And do not forget your "best friend" at home. Which brings me to the topic of Emotional Support Animals.
An emotional support animal is a dog, or cat, or other pet that helps alleviate symptoms of an emotional or mental disability through companionship and affection. The animal doesn’t need specific working abilities to become an emotional support animal. The positive influence of these emotional support animals are well documented. In a nutshell, an Emotional Support Animal is there for companionship and support while a Service Animal animal has been trained to do specific tasks. But there seem to be some resistance allowing Emotional Support Animals into shops, restaurants, public transport, public places and more for a few reasons.
Here are some articles I looked at:Is it time to ban emotional support animals?Is the idea of an 'emotional support animal' legitimate or ridiculous?USA Service Dog Registration
I am sure you might have some experience with your support animal or with someone else's Emotional Support animal. Let us know your comments in the comments box below.
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October 02, 2018
I am all for Emotional support animals! I have two, they were actually my husbands’ dogs and he needed them to calm him. He never went anywhere in his truck without them. He passed away in early July and now these 2 little dogs(poms) are MY support animals to help soothe my grief and loneliness. I don’t need to take them into a store with me, but i do understand how some folks might need to do that.
December 04, 2018
I have wonderful memories of the family making jam when the peach season was at its height. We had many Yellow Cling Peach trees in our garden and they would yield buckets full of delicious peaches. And this is where my trip down memory lane begins.
On a specific day the family would pick these bucket fulls of peaches and take them to the veranda. There we sorted the peaches for jam or to be laid into Mason jars. The peaches for jam had to be peeled and sliced. Then it was off to the pots to boil for hours.
November 29, 2018
We all face hard times at one stage or another in our lives. And it is very difficult to be positive when you are negative. So why not create a "Gratitude Journal" to help you change negativity into a positive attitude when you need it most? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives.
November 16, 2018
Sybrand and I recently took a road trip to visit our parents. We stay about 12 hours drive from Sybrand's folks and about 12 hours drive from my folks. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all again. It is true that family members can stay in contact via email, social media but if possible, having a cup of coffee together, having a meal together and sharing good old memories are simply the best way to stay in contact. Ask us, we experienced it.
We must been having a good time when most of our sentences started with "... and do you also remember ..." Good old memory lane. We experienced first hand the wonderful benefits of visiting our parents.