Why Kids Need Dogs (or Maybe Cats)

Some of my proudest moments as a counselor have had nothing to do with the hope I’ve helped bring into a child’s life (although those make me proud, too).  They’ve been about puppies.  When the parent girls’ and boy’s classes we teach at Daystar used to be longer versions, I had a section where I talked about pets.  During that season and since, I’ve had multiple families tell me they bought their child a dog because of those talks.  So, now, I wanted to share that information (and pressure) with you.

 

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The Daystar Dogs!

Probably 14 years ago, I was counseling a teenage girl who was severely depressed.  I don’t remember what day of the week it was, or what year, or even why this happened, but for some reason Melissa had allowed me to bring my little Maltese dog, Noel, to the office that day.  I think probably some work was being done on my home.  Regardless, Noel was at Daystar, following me up and down the hall as I brought child after child back to talk.  That afternoon, I saw this young woman.  In our session, she told me that she was considering taking her life.  After we talked more about it, I went out into the lobby to get her mom to bring her back and talk through how to get her daughter to the hospital.  I hated walking out of my office, even for a moment, because this young girl was sobbing so uncontrollably.  When I walked back in, my dog, who had been sleeping on the floor all day, was sitting in this girl’s lap, licking her tears... READ MORE

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