2 thoughts on “Drive Down Depression with Dancing, Dogs and Dining

  • June 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    What?! I am a total dog person and have had multiple dogs in my life for 30+ years. But, your advice to visit an animal shelter is truly insane.

    Have you ever *been* to a shelter*? It’s about the saddest place a pet lover can possibly go.

    To *view a new litter*? For what purpose? To say a final goodbye before their poor mother is carried off to the euthanasia room?

    Adopting a pet *just* on the hope it might ease your depression is a terrible idea. A pet is an enormous responsibility. Anyone considering pet ownership should be advised to think seriously and realistically about their willingness to take on the hard work and expense involved in feeding, vet bills, training and grooming for the lifetime of the pet.

    Then, there are the lifestyle issues. Can they properly house and care for a pet? Does the person struggling with depression have sufficient energy to provide adequate exercise and care?

    A pet is not an antidepressant. A pet is a living, breathing, sentient creature, and a lifetime commitment.

    • June 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Please give people who suffer from depression the benefit of the doubt. In my experience, the vast majority provided exceptionally loving, competent care for their pets. Many had the fortitude to hold their beloved pets as they were “put to sleep” when their non-depressed family members couldn’t handle it. Some volunteer in shelters that euthanize, some volunteer in shelters that do not – in general, they feel good about helping animals to find loving homes. Of course, some people should not adopt a pet and some do not like to visit a shelter. That’s why I offered other alternatives like visiting a dog park or hanging out with a friend who has a dog.


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