I never thought I would need a service animal until my little Dobby walked right into my hands and completely stole my heart! My service animal story begins with a stray cat who found her way into my basement looking for a safe and warm place to have her little of five kittens, four boys and one little lady... we named her Minnie because she was so tiny.
Out of the five we kept a little tuxedo kitten and named him Dobby the House Cat! He is an energy ball of fur and life climbing the walls in my house, and yes it at times makes me crazy but I wouldn't change him for anything!
We have had animals growing up so I understand the love you can have for an animal I've just never had an animal choose me before like Dobby has. Over the years I have struggled with anxiety and depression, sometimes on medication and sometimes not... I will say that I'm not on medication now, I do attribute this to having Dobby! He calms me when I'm anxious and having him reminds me to stop and enjoy the little things... like furry head-butts, soft purrs, and love nips! Don't get me wrong, he is a handful!
I wanted to write about this because I think so many people can benefit from having a therapy/service animal, I want to encourage anyone who can adopt to adopt. You will both benefit, you get a ball of furry love and your service cat or dog gets a loving home! As much as they are therapeutic for us we are the same to them! If this is something you might be interested in please reach out to your local shelters to see what amazing animals they have up for adoption!
Dobby isn't an official service animal, thought I think I may have him certified as one... Thoughts? I have posted a few dashing pics of Dobby below to share my handsome fur baby with you all! *Also: We are trying diligently to catch his mum and get her safely fixed and up to date with her shots... We are sloooowly building her trust...
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