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My Therapy Dog

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has suffered from severe depression on and off for many years. She loves taking photos, and one of her favorite things to photograph is animals, even though it can be quite challenging.

About this photo: “Sometimes when I am going through a depressive episode, it is hard to get up and out of the house, or even to smile. This little one not only can get me out the door (which is important because my doctor said I am really lacking in vitamin D), but she also calms me and can even get me laughing. She may not be perfect – she bites at the blinds and windows any time she sees a mail-person or a cat outside, and has been known to nip at people once in a while – but she helps me mind, body, and spirit, and I am very grateful for every lick.

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15 comments on “My Therapy Dog

  1. Liberated Traveler
    June 28, 2013

    Adorable!

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  2. tms
    June 28, 2013

    Very strong and expressive, and I like the bright background which makes the portrait all the more appealing. Almost makes me want to go and try photographing animals too. Wonderful!

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  3. basiga
    June 28, 2013

    He would be my complete medicine with a face like that. Simply adorable! You are both very lucky to have each other.

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  4. NiinaMaria
    June 28, 2013

    Can’t handle the cuteness.

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  5. sustainabilitea
    June 28, 2013

    That dog looks so happy!

    janet

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  6. chistanote
    June 28, 2013

    Lovely

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  7. transitionstande
    June 28, 2013

    Happy for you.

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  8. Dreams and Zeros
    June 28, 2013

    Beautiful photo! A face so full of expression and uplifting! So true – the comment about photographing animals being quite challenging!!

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  9. jaime perez
    June 28, 2013

    Nice shot!

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  10. gita4elamats
    June 28, 2013

    With their unconditional love, dogs give us a reason to live! (。◕‿◕。)

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  11. Paula McLane Jennings
    June 28, 2013

    Love your photo. I can see why she gets you out of the house. She looks like she is smiling in the photo and calling you to follow her.

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  12. Andrew Friend
    June 28, 2013

    Such a cute dog!! There sweet happy demeanours definitely help! I’m sure they know when we are down and become extra cute!

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  13. Syncopated Eyeball
    June 28, 2013

    She’s a little beauty. Makes me smile just looking at her. 😀

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  14. Jeff Sinon
    June 30, 2013

    I laughed out loud when I saw this, what a great photo.

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  15. pawsitiveHeather
    June 30, 2013

    I also have a service animal, and he really helps me get up in the morning, continue on during the day, and he gets me to see the happy parts of the day.

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