Puppy Therapy; A Tail of Unconditional Love by Natalie Houston

by Linda Coors on October 5, 2011

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Nothing seemed to be going right in the young girl’s life. Her world had been turned upside down when she was diagnosed with an illness that could only be controlled and not cured. Instead of the energized person she had been before, doing daily tasks were no longer easy. After being away from her family for 3 years, she went home to get some needed rest. All the girl wanted to do was sleep. She couldn’t bring herself to play with her brother or do the things she used to love to do. Instead of being able to express how she felt, the girl kept all her feelings bottled up inside. The girl had raised dogs growing up and although most of the dogs were still there, she wanted a puppy to call her own. A pup that she could take places and train to be obedient. Something that didn’t talk back or laugh at you. A living creature that would depend on her alone to care for its needs in return love her. Her mother convinced her dad that perhaps a puppy would bring a part of their daughter back that had been lost.The girl and her mother started searching the newspapers and internet to find just the right one. It didn’t take long before the girl was on her way, along with her mother and brother to pick out a puppy.Perhaps it was the other way around. The little black and white puppy calmly came and stayed right by the girl until she picked her up. Once in her arms, the puppy snuggled up and promptly claimed her new master. The boy also had a pup choose him and instead of bringing only one puppy home, there were two. Now, instead of laying around in bed all day, the girl goes outside even when she doesn’t really feel like it. Once she opens the gate, the two pups come running, wanting attention from the one who cares for them. Daisy is friends with everyone but little Misty knows who her master is. Once she is outside, it seems as if the girl who was once a bundle of energy and motivated everyone else to get moving, has come back to life. Thanks to a little pup named Mist.

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Esther Houston October 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I know how this story is so true from personal experience. A well written and wonderful true story!


Sandra McKenzie October 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Yeah Natalie, glad your finding the right therapy. It may be different things for different people but what ever works ….go for it….it may not be just the animal but maybe writing about animals or other things will get that young girl up and going again too. Love ya.


Kelly McMaine October 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I always knew you were a good writer since I have had the privilege of reading your letters in the past. 🙂


Roxanna Smith October 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Nat – what a wonderful essay!! Misty is an absolutely adorable pup. I know how much pet therapy helps – I have 2 cats, who are the light of my life. They both seem to know when their Mama needs them to be loving and when I need them to be playful & entertaining! That’s the wonder of pets, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this with us.


Titus October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Glad you are finding direction. Keep pressing on.


Sherm DeLyser October 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Great story! It is so true that pets are motivators to better health. Dogs in particular inspire their masters to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. They love to walk and that is good exercise for both. Keep writing! You may come up with another classic like Lassie!!!


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