Quote courtesy of The Samaritans-
When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it's ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.
Henry was a rescued English Springer Spaniel who we adopted in the summer of 2008. Henry was abandoned by his previous owner, and was in very poor health. Little did I know how much this neglected, sad, scared dog would change my life.
He was left in a house alone for several weeks while his owner worked at the other end of the country. His neighbours rightly complained about this, as he made alot of noise when food etc. ran out, so the next time he had to go away he put Henry in boarding kennels - and never came back to collect him.
Henry was extremely underweight, had a matted urine stained coat, infected ears, sore skin and a sore nose. He was also suffering from a severe stomach virus, which he nearly died from. But worse than this was his mental health - he was scared of everything; hated doors closed in the house, was obsessed with food and couldn't be left alone.
I saw in Henry’s eyes some of the anxiety and fear that I also felt, he too had also lost his former life and was afraid what the future held. We bonded instantly and I vowed to help him overcome his poor health. Henry gave me a purpose to keep going, and saved me from a world of dark depression and saved my life. Gradually Henry’s health improved and he became a happy and healthy dog. I was proud of him and what he’d overcome.
Over the next few months Henry helped me when I was feeling low, and even managed to calm me down when I had panic attacks my nudging my hand and making me stroke him so I focused my attention on him. I was proud of my handsome dog and started to take him out for walks using my mobility scooter. If people came to talk to me I was happy to tell them all about my amazing dog, and didn’t feel the need to rush away.