|Barked: Sun Apr 14, '13 10:24pm PST |
|This post struck me, I know it's crazy old, but no one ever answered Harley's mom.
My SDiT is by my needs, only a mobility dog, like Anubis’s SD. I have no other disabilities besides glasses, which don't count for moderate-severe myopia. Besides the physical side of pulling, bracing, balance-counterbalancing, etc., Brady psychologically provides me with independence (when my SO 'SD' isn't with me), a tad bit of confidence (stigma and stereotypes of both having a visible disability and having one at a younger age like many on S&TD dogster), a little bit of a mental distraction (from the pain), comfort (when I'm experiencing an episode of pain), and a little reassurance to the public that my antalgic gait is not because I'm drunk/ drugged. I especially like the pain related psych-help because if I get distracted enough it doesn’t seem so bad (because I’m not focused on it) or if it is that bad I can lower my head and scratch around/on his ears and bear it as I wear my emotions on my face. When I’m with my man and the pain strikes hard I usually bury my face in his shirt sleeve to hide the pain from the public eye. What can I say, I’m the sensitive type.
Thank you for the question Harley, I have thought of this often with so many PSDs on here and so few nonPSDs.
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