Friday, April 30 is National Therapy Animal Day. Have you ever thought of your animal as your therapist? Well, you should.
When you have a bad day at work, or life throws you a curve ball, who is there for you? Who meets you at the door, no judgement, just joy? I’ll bet it’s your dog or cat.
Horses are becoming more and more known for their connection and ability to read and help us humans. It’s a little different, because they’re prey animals, rather then predators, but the work they do with us is powerful. When I coach in person, I often partner with one of our horses, who just inherently know a) which one of them should be coaching, and b) exactly what to do to help the human reach a better understanding of their issue, and heal it.
Even our feathered and scaled friends are excellent “therapy” animals. Just being with them, in nature or in your home, can lower blood pressure, calm us down, and help us out.
Petting a cat has been shown to have amazing therapeutic properties. For me personally, it’s one of my favorite times of the day, to have a cat on my lap, gently snoozing (or purring), and reveling in the petting. Even our high-stim cat, Ellie, loves it, and she adores being brushed.
And what better fun than to spend some quality time with a dog, who loves you no matter what, and just wants to see you smile. Our dogs are masters at getting us to laugh. Their antics are always sweet and fun, and their doggy smiles make us smile, too.
So today (and every day, for that matter), let your animal friend know how much you appreciate their loyalty and love. They love you so much, and it makes their day to help you find that deep, loving place inside you.