The Purrrfect Anti-Depressants — Furry Friends
Nothing can bring a warm fuzzy feeling to ones heart more quickly than to be awakened from a nap by a wet puppy nose nuzzling your ear or the purring of a feline friend as it glides whisper quiet and ghostly smooth to its favorite spot next to you. Animals are amazing creatures, especially those with which we choose to live, to share our lives, cares, experiences, sorrows and victories.
Whatever your preference, whether Alaskan Husky or a calico cat a goat there is something very special about these creatures. I often will look into the eyes of one of our two dogs and ask, “Who’s in there? Who are you and why are you so intent on making me happy?”
You see I really believe that someone is in there. That someone may not be in the form of people we know with human intelligence but rather a soul, a presence a certain goodness that keeps on giving and giving and giving. However you might describe the inner presence of your favorite animal it is the essence of devotion and friendship and ultimately — love.
It has often been said that when you are down, feeling low and depressed that you should talk about it. Good advice, but sometimes people aren’t the right listeners. They will often interrupt, offer advice, get distracted or sometimes even tell you to, “Get over it.” Your dog or cat will never do any of those things. They will patiently listen as long as you want to talk while looking at you with understanding and compassionate eyes…eyes that make you believe there is someone in there.
This blog is unlike any I’ve ever written. Mostly I write about medical issues related to organ donation and transplantation. Rarely do I write about the psychological support we all need whether or not we are transplant patients, recipients, donors, donor families or caregivers. So today I enter that realm, the realm of animals and how they help us live, give us comfort and pleasure and make our worlds so much better.
For several months following my 2007 heart transplant I suffered from depression. I know not why I only know that much of my recovery from the affliction was due to our dogs, Reilly and Ziggy, aA soft coated Wheaten and a mini Schnauzer respectively. As I reflected on that time I thought that perhaps your recovery from whatever it is you are recovering from might be enhanced by some animals.
Reilly and Ziggy. The Aronson Pups
Today’s post is images and the feelings they generate within you. I hope these pictures, captions and this blog bring you at least a few moments of joy and warmth and good memories. Please share it with anyone you choose. No permission needed.
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Bob Aronson of Bob’s Newheart is a 2007 heart transplant recipient, the founder of Facebook’s nearly 3,000 member Organ Transplant Initiative and the author of most of these donation/transplantation blogs.
You may comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.
Please view our new music video “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs. This video is free to anyone who wants to use it and no permission is needed.
If you want to spread the word personally about organ donation, we have another PowerPoint slide show for your use free and without permission. Just go to http://www.organti.org and click on “Life Pass It On” on the left side of the screen and then just follow the directions. This is NOT a stand-alone show; it needs a presenter but is professionally produced and factually sound. If you decide to use the show I will send you a free copy of my e-book, “How to Get a Standing “O” that will help you with presentation skills. Just write to email@example.com and usually you will get a copy the same day.
Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. Additionally we would love to have you join our Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.
Puede comentar en el espacio proporcionado o por correo electrónico sus pensamientos a mí en firstname.lastname@example.org. Y – por favor, difundir la palabra acerca de la necesidad inmediata de más donantes de órganos. No hay nada que puedas hacer lo que es de mayor importancia. Si usted convence a una persona de ser donante de órganos y tejidos puede salvar o afectar positivamente a más de 60 vidas. Algunas de esas vidas pueden ser personas que conoces y amas.
Por favor, consulte nuestro nuevo video musical “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs YouTube. Este video es libre para cualquier persona que quiera usarlo y no se necesita permiso.
Si quieres correr la voz acerca de la donación de órganos personalmente, tenemos otra presentación de PowerPoint para su uso libre y sin permiso. Sólo tienes que ir a http://www.organti.org y haga clic en “Life Pass It On” en el lado izquierdo de la pantalla y luego sólo tienes que seguir las instrucciones. Esto no es un espectáculo independiente, sino que necesita un presentador pero es profesionalmente producida y sonido hechos. Si usted decide usar el programa le enviaré una copia gratuita de mi libro electrónico, “Cómo obtener un pie” O “que le ayudará con habilidades de presentación. Sólo tiene que escribir a email@example.com y por lo general usted recibirá una copia del mismo día.
Además … hay más información sobre este sitio de blogs sobre otros donación / trasplante temas. Además nos encantaría que te unas a nuestro grupo de Facebook, la Iniciativa de Trasplante de Órganos Cuantos más miembros que obtenemos mayor será nuestra influencia con los tomadores de decisiones.