Friday, April 16, 2010
Through A Dog's Eyes
Take a look at this inspiring new series coming to TV! My vice is reality television (I'll admit it), but this is something actually worth watching and it fits perfectly with my belief that animals are the most enlightened among us. Although I have seen these working dogs in action helping "their person", this video still made me tear up.
I've been planning to write a future post about a guy named Nick Anderson. I met Nick at Muscular Dystrophy Camp years ago. Nick lives with an amazing working dog named Audi (see the photo to the right) and says, "having [Audi] as a part of my life has been one of the best things for me. "
This trailer is particularly moving for me in the wake of a major health scare involving Riley, my family's Bernese Mountain Dog that basically means everything to me. It looks like he's going to pull through (thank goodness), but it reminded me just how important my animals are to me. I know that, no matter where I am or what I'm doing with my social work degree, animals will be part of my life and hopefully part of my career. I have this image of owning a private practice where kids come in excited to see the animals (and ideally, me too). They can talk to me and receive social work services while either just sitting next to and petting the animal or even helping me care for them. Animals aren't just important for people living with chronic illness - I really think they're therapeutic for everyone: the way their fur feels on your hands, the way they're tuned in to our feelings (maybe more than we are), the warmth of their bodies curled up next to you. Not to mention the loving and excited way they greet you simply because you came back.
Read this review of "Through a Dog's Eyes" and don't miss this premiere on Friday, April 21 at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT (Check your local listings) - I know I'll be watching !