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Old 01-31-2013, 01:07 AM
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I've been on antidepressants for depression for a while now. I won't bore you with all the details but get to the point where for the last couple of weeks I've felt a return of some of the symptoms. Feeling down, no sense of purpose or worth, not being able to concentrate on one task.

I used to feel very lonely during the day time. My other half works during the day and I leave for work before he gets home and I'm there until 10pm. During the day, particularly the dark winter months I would feel very alone and often stay in bed until I had to get up to get ready for work. Having my pups gives me something to get up for. They give me something to concentrate on and strive for. They give me something to smile at and feel thankful for. They keep me company and stop me feeling lonely. They'll play or do something cute and I can't help but laugh and smile at them. When they do something good I have to use my cheery voice to praise them and that makes me more cheerful. When they give me cuddles and lick my face is warms my heart. When they wag their tails and get excited to see me it makes me feel better. When I get their food and water, give them treats and teach them things it gives me a sense of purpose and reward. I can't believe just how much of a difference these pups have made to my depression. I've seen times in the past where I know I would have felt bad if I didn't have the pups around but I was fine instead. They're my babies.

They both look after me. Willow is a happy girl. If I call her she will come running, excited, tail wagging ferociously and give me lots of kisses. She loves to cuddle and when she sleeps she will burrow as close into my side or legs as possible. She's so cute I can barely stand it some times. Mylo is my gorgeous little boy. He's so caring. He's been giving me lots of cuddles lately...I think he's becoming in tune to my feelings as he grows a bit older. He keeps coming and sitting on my chest so I can cuddle him...he's also been putting his neck on my shoulder. He has always made sure to lick any cut or sore you have, whether you want him to or not! If I cough, sneeze or choke on something he immediately looks up to see if I'm ok. If it sounds really bad(more than just a sneeze) he leaves what he's doing (even if that means Willow getting what he was chewing) and jumps up on the chair to lick my face, or inspect me to check I'm ok. When he's sure I'm ok he will go back to what he was doing. He also does this to Rich and Willow. He's such a sweet boy.

I've had dogs growing up and I loved them and still think about them and miss them but I didn't know it was possible to love dogs as much as I love my two. I love them more than I love most humans. They're my babies. I have actual motherly instincts. I blame nesting instincts on my urge to buy beds and blankets and make sure they're warm and covered at night. I didn't realise there would be such a difference between having family dogs and my own dogs. I haven't had a dog since I left home at 18 (9 years ago) and I've really missed it. I've only just come to a point where I could afford it. There are a lot of other things I could have bought with the money and more money could be going away towards the wedding each month or whatever but I wouldn't hesitate to do it all again. I think I ended up with the pups I was supposed to have. They're so well behaved for puppies and just perfect for me. They bring me so much joy that no amount of money would not be worth it. It's like having our own little family and I hope and pray that they will still be here when I have children and they're grown and they can teach each other love and empathy and to look after one another.

I just wanted to share how much they mean to me and how good they have been for my mental health. If anyone you know is suffering from depression buy them a chihuahua!

Sorry for the length of the post!
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What a great story. If I am having a challenging day at work I often find myself thinking of Lady and Price and thinking of them makes me smile. I can definitely see how your pups provide heartwarming company and healthy companionship.
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B3 Niacin, when taken in large doses takes depression away!! It helps with energy levels. If you have Netflix or have access to the movie FOOD, Inc. WATCH IT!! It is well documented this stuff works!!
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That was so beautiful! I totally can relate to your post. The doggies really bring out the best in the worst days. They're always here for us, always wagging their tails when we get home, and whimpering when we leave. They have an unconditional love for us as we do for them.
When I was studying pharmacy, I had little Gino! While everyone was out partying, I usually skipped it to stay in with him and cuddle/study- thankfully bc I passed, lol!
They are such a huge part of our lives, it's hard to explain to people who don't have doggies, they just don't understand how much joy these littler monkeys bring us!

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I hear you, my husband is very ill and was getting very depressed. I wanted to get a Chi and found Ike, I knew a puppy would cheer him up. Everyone in the family told me not to get a puppy as sick as my husband is. Well he (Ike) has done wonders for him(hubby), he smiles or laughs at Ike at least once a day. He loves our pug she cuddles and stays with him 24/7, but Ike is like a little tornado full of joy. I am so glad I went ahead and got him.
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I am very happy to hear how much your pups have contributed to your well being,
as I know you have to theirs as well. I definitely agree with you Melissa,
my gang do the same for me. I truly think dogs add years to our lives, just think
of the stress they relieve by making us laugh, when we pet them we feel more
calm and happy, they add to our physical health as well by forcing us to walk.
Dogs are little miracles, and I'm thankful for mine every single day. I wish you
good health Melissa, both physical and mental. Please don't be shy to pm me
anytime, it's good at times to talk to someone who is going through similar
things. Hugs my friend. And give those great pups of yours big kisses, ok?
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Dogs are absolutely amazing. I keep a picture on my desk of Lupita and when things get tough at work, all I have to look at that picture! An amazing story on the healing power of animals.... My father was told he had lung cancer 6 yrs ago. Then he fell and broke his hip and had to have surgery. That didn't work so they had to do a hip replacement. Then he got shingles in the eye. An infection set in and he lost his vision. Depression was starting. Everyone was having to do everything for him. His wife came home one day with a toy poodle puppy. That puppy knew my dad needed her. His whole day is taking care of that dog. It is something he can accomplish by himself. Where ever he is, Glynnis is right beside him. Drs quit trying to understand why my 82 yr old dad hasn't been taken from us, but I know why..... It's the dog!

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That's really wonderful Pat. I wish your dad well. Hugs.
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