Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
CB no I would not give the dog to him. Relying on a dog like that is not healthy and that person should be seeking professional help to deal with their issues. Also, who is to say your dog isn't going to end up abandoned or mistreated if the person in question is suffering through a particularly bad patch. Some people struggle to look after themselves when depressed, how are they going to look after my dog properly?
I agree with this post.
I am diagnosed with depression and I know how hard it can be when you get yourself in a rut. Some people cannot cope or take care of themselves. I would not trust someone unable to properly care for themselves to care for my dog.
I find it very sad that y'all are so selfish with your pets that if your pet OBVIOUSLY was helping someone you'd still hold onto your pet with grabby hands. I take my pug to visit the elderly every Sunday.(it is the only time she is sane and calm) If any of those elderly obviously needed my pug and could correctly care for my pug, then I wouldn't stop to give that person my dog. My dog loves helping these people and imagine if I could give her the ability to do that 24/7. She'd be in heaven. Lastly, there's other dogs in shelters that need a loving home too. Some people cannot take in more than 1 dog. And being able to give my dog to someone who needs her and can use her passion can open up a spot in my home for an animal who can be saved.
Why? Why be selfish?
It is one thing for your dog to help out by being a therapy animal, but still remaining with you at the end of the day. Not every animal has the personality to be one however. I would certainly not GIVE my dog to someone cus they had issues. My dog thinks she is MY dog. She thinks I belong to her, in her pack. It would be hurtful to HER if I just handed her leash to someone one day and said "You keep her forever and ever."
Carter manages my deppresion better than the meds. I don't have social anxiety but I have anxiety, Depression, Adhd, and Asperger syndrome.
An animal CANNOT cure any disease. They can only act as a therapy aid to help you cope with it.
Chocolate- so would you give Carter to someone else to help them since he has such great potential to help someone with a disorder?
I would think not, as you yourself said he is so important to you since he helps you. But what if someone told you that they needed him more than you, but could not guarantee taking good care of him because they do not know when their disorder can get bad and they forget about everyone but themselves?
ETA- My pets are like my children. You do NOT leave your children with some stranger cus they think he is special and leave them there cus they would make their life special, right? :P To me as I said before, to rip me away from my dog from me would be the equivalent of someone taking my soul away.