I was watching the Animal Channel on TV the other day (one of my favourite channels, the other one being Nat Geo Wild). The program was called Animal Magnetism. I am so in agreement with what they were saying there. The show was about how animals help sick children - and adults - to live a full life, get over a debilitating handicap, or in some cases even cure one.
Growing up and living on a farm most of my life I have always had very close relationships with animals. (My two memoir books relate many of our liaisons with the special animals in our lives.) However now I live in an apartment that does not allow us to have pets and that is my only drawback to this place, though I can fully understand their reasoning for that stipulation. Sometimes it is just easier to prevent a problem than to have to correct it. This kind of apartment building has potential for animal problems. It is just much better to avoid those hassles.
Luckily I do have a partial solution to that problem. My daughter, who lives here in the city, owns a miniature schnauzer and I kind of have some dibs on dog-love whenever I visit there. When I was ill this spring, I stayed at Carol's while I convalesced and Bentley was my therapy dog. He was a such a sweetheart, just lay quietly beside me, his soulful eyes almost infusing me with his good health and energy. Animals truly do have a healing influence and they just seem to know when you need comfort and peace!