S: Shadow

22 April 2016

T.G.I.F.! Have you been following my A to Z Challenge story this month? What a journey! I have been studying and trying to give a voice for child abuse and sexual assault awareness this month.

Today, I am excited to introduce: SHADOW.
Shadow is my beautiful German/Australian Shepherd mix dog, and what a beauty she is!

Dog/Pet therapy is probably one of the best ways I personally know of to move from victim to survivor. If you have ever been through a traumatizing time, you know that a furry friend can be your best advocate in times of silence.
 
There were dozens of times when I was knee-deep in tissues and my face looked like a punching bag thanks to all the tears. And who was always there for me? Shadow. As if she has a sixth sense, Shadow would come find me and burrow in close for a cuddle. And this a dog who does not like to be cuddled close.
At Safe Haven, their dogs are seen as excellent therapists for child abuse victims because they:
  • Do not judge
  • Can provide safe, non-threatening touch & channel for communication
  • What a child sees is what they get
  • A four legged spa
Do you have a four legged pal? Are they always good for a safe and comforting hug?

17 comments:

  1. I have learned so much in recent months about animal therapy. My most recent novel included a woman who was developing a horse farm that offered equine therapy. Animals are incredible companions and so non-judgmental.

    @Kathleen01930
    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge

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    1. Awesome! What's the title of that novel?

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  2. I don't have an animal friend, but I totally agree that they make amazingly sensitive, caring and non-judgmental friends. Shadow is lovely.


    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana. Shadow's pretty awesome :)

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  3. She is a beautiful dog!! Sounds wonderful that she is part of your life :)

    No, not currently any dog pal here, but hopefully soon :)

    betty

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    1. hope you find a special furry friend :)

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  4. Shadow looks gorgeous. I've heard horse therapy is also really effective for people - there was an article I read in a magazine once. BTW, I'm admiring the layout and design of your blog, it's very clean and simple. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Thanks Courtney. Newish layout so appreciate the positive feedback!

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  5. Shadow is beautiful! I follow a Youtuber who recently got a dog and he found it helped so much with his depression and anxiety issues. People shouldn't underestimate how helpful animals can be to healing.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. O that is good news! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. I can completely relate to this post. Dogs can be healers. Pets in general can help when faced with grief and other issues.

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  7. That's one very photogenic puppy! :)
    I do have a dog, and he is the best source of endorphin in the house :) All cuddles and no questions. They also bring therapy dogs to campus every semester during exams week... they are super popular.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Shadow is beautiful in photos but silly girl hates selfies. Sees the iPhone and runs or hides her face :P

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  8. Shadow is beautiful! I'm so glad you have such a wonderful four legged friend! I adopted my Emmie girl last year, and she has quickly become my best friend. I suffer from chronic pain, and Emmie helps make the days a little less bad :) Dogs truly are man's best friend. I love seeing them work as therapy animals.
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom

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    1. She is very special. We wish we had trained her as a therapy dog when she was a puppy.

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  9. Aww, she's so happy looking. Sending cuddles!

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x Joy

 

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