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My Tiny Companion

Photo taken by contributor Heather Hamilton, a 25-year-old wife, friend, pet parent, daughter, granddaughter, vegetarian, survivor, bisexual, entrepreneur. She struggles with depression, everyday choices, and making the right decisions. One of the ways she gets release from the prison of her mind, is loving on her animals. She believes that they all feel what she feels, and know that by just being there, they help her.  She is in the process of a career change that has been incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing, but she is working towards doing something she loves. She is changing careers from programming to dog training.

About this photo: “This is Tiberius, the Bearded Dragon. Age, 13 months. Incredibly people-friendly. He enjoys taking long calcium baths, basking in the sunlight, and loves nice, plump crickets. Because my husband is afraid of reptiles (don’t ask me why), Tiberius stays with me at work, and lives on my desk in a 45 gallon tank. He actually does very well, and has developed a bond with me and the other developers in my area. He really helps when I need an ‘escape’ at work for a few minutes.

Even though he can’t meow, bark, or nudge my arm when he wants attention, he still gives me the satisfaction of taking care of him, and he needs me. Somehow, having something or someone need you, makes one feel powerful, in control. I feel I am rarely in control of my life, and having some things be my decision, or I have the satisfaction of knowing they are alive because of me, is empowering. Tiberius may not be able to tell me he appreciates me, but I know he does. When I hand-feed him crickets, and he happily chomps down on them, I see this as ‘thank you, mom’. You’re welcome, sweetheart.  Thank you for keeping me company in my workplace. Sometimes, I just need a non-human somebody to tell me it’s ok.” 

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12 comments on “My Tiny Companion

  1. Emma Lewis
    March 30, 2013

    I believe there is a strong human/animal connection that can be amazingly therapeutic in times of stress. Maybe it’s the dependency, but I suspect it’s more than that. Yes, they tell you it’s OK.

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      Somehow, it really helps having him in my office. Some people don’t appreciate him, but I do!

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  2. Ryan Hermann
    March 30, 2013

    haha what a cool little guy!

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      He really is awesome!

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  3. words4jp
    March 30, 2013

    he is such a cutie!

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      Aww thanks!

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  4. jackiebelle
    March 30, 2013

    He is ADORABLE!!! Good luck with your new career.

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      Thank you! I’m in the thick of it right now, working 100+ hr workweeks, but I’m excited to eventually go full time. There has to be an end to all this working, right?

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  5. jmgoyder
    March 30, 2013

    He is gorgeous!

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      Yes, he is!

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  6. Norunn Mølsæter
    March 31, 2013

    They just are adorable, and have a lot of personality to, I used to have reptiles myself some years ago, so I know what you mean 🙂 best wishes for you!

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    • pawsitiveHeather
      April 1, 2013

      Thank you so much!

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