Seeing Eye Dog, At - Home Comfort Dogs. What are they thinking?
Do you ever wonder what they are thinking?
Do you ever wonder how they feel about the role that they play in the lives of the humans who truly depend on them for so much?
A dog or even a cat or a horse may be the only living being that connects with how the confused and lonely minds of people who are living with Alzheimer's and other dementia feels.
I often wonder, do they understand their role and how important they really are?
They are very important during moments when many clients are experiencing fear and distrust in their caregivers, friends and families. Fear and distrust brought on by the effects of the disease...at this point, I have often discovered that the animals are the only beings that they will let into their hearts.
And visa-versa the animals seem to understand and want to be there. They usually want to stand by and express their affections through their senses. Senses that are so powerful, senses that only they and their companion can understand, senses that brings about the special-connections that brings changes in the illnesses and comforts of many circumstances.
Senses that are expressed through trust, loyalty, love, understanding and care - all of which are expressed through tastes, smelling, touching and seeing.
Faithfullness...love, communication even though a lack of words. I truly wonder, what do they think? What if they could speak? Would they make better companions?The list goes on and on...animals, so loving animals are human's best friend. The collaboration of our species...on and on.
Andria P. Harris, CEO
The Quilted Shield Dementia Living Communities