The Healing Power of a Wet Nose and a Wagging Tail

Posted by Xandra de Vos on

Floyd is a one year old Mini Yorkshire Terrier who brings tons of excitement, entertainment and many missing socks to his family. His story is one of unconditional love, and how he helped his human mom escape the shadows of depression. This is their story...

“My name is Jessica, I am 36 and I currently live in Scotland, though I am originally from Georgia, USA.  Last year was the absolute, most difficult year of my life. As a parent I suffered the most heartbreaking loss imaginable. Understandably, I began to suffer from depression and anxiety. Along with the loss and the difference in climate, being away from my friends and family in the States, made it a very lonely time. My husband is in the Navy and works away for long periods of time as well, so it was extremely difficult.

Thinking that getting a dog would get me out of my own head a little and out of the house, we got Floyd for Christmas last year. Never did I imagine the love, life and purpose he would bring back into our lives. He is a thief, a space invader, an attention seeker and such a little rascal but I would not have it any other way. The love for life and the energy he exudes is completely contagious. There is never a dull moment with him around. I couldn’t have a bad day even if I wanted to. From the second I’m woken up with puppy kisses and grunting in my face, to being followed around with his toys hitting the back of my ankles, we are on the go.

He will do whatever it takes to get my attention. Even if that means pretending to come give me kisses and then run off with my makeup brush so I have to chase after him. He’s always up to something. Although he’s very mischievous, he is also super loving. It seems like he just knows exactly what I need, right when I need it. He is my shadow and I couldn’t imagine my world without him in it now.

I made him an Instagram so that everyone back home could see his adorable little face and all that we get up to over here in Scotland. He is the perfect little travel buddy. He loves meeting people as well as other doggies. I call him my pet tornado when we are at home but when I take him out to the pub or for brunch he’s actually on his best behavior. I post tons of Stories showing all the mischief he gets up to and I get comments everyday about his personality and how silly or crazy he is. He is definitely a wild one but he was 100% made for me and our little family. I have found getting out on adventures with him so enjoyable and it has completely brought me back to life and out of that dark place. He is the best friend I never knew I always needed.”

Thank you Jessica for sharing this very personal, sad yet beautiful story.

I hope her story will help someone, even if it’s just one person going through hard times. Studies have shown that owning a dog can significantly reduce symptoms of depression. It's by no means a substitute for professional medical help but those wet smooches and wagging tails will remind you that you are not alone.  

To see more of Floyd’s adorable photos visit his Instagram @ourfriendfloyd_yorkie

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

 

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Photos courtesy of @ourfriendfloyd_yorkie


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