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I Was Completely Lost Watching LOST, But I Just Rewatched It, Now I’m Found!

My how I’ve grown

Were you left befuddled, disappointed, and even angry by LOST, as we were? Well, I watched it again, and guess what? Not only is it great, but it makes sense!

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Is It Bragging, or Just Good News?

Only my social media “friends” know for sure.

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Therapy Dog Therapists (for Therapists, and Therapists of Therapists of Therapists)

It certainly sounds like an intelligent idea

Note to self: beware of the “species gap.”

You’re probably thinking that a therapist that wants therapy could simply see a colleague, who might themselves see another colleague, and so on. And, undoubtedly this happens. But not every therapist wants to lay themselves bare in front of their peers. And then there’s the simple math of the matter. If every therapist sees a therapist who sees a therapist, and so on, it will eventually require infinite therapists which is infinitely more therapists than anyone wants.

But there just may be a four-legged solution begging at our feet. We all know that dogs, with their inexhaustible excitement to see us, are a reliable source of comfort. While not as complex and versatile as human practitioners, they’re more than happy to let us do most of the talking and they require no costly credentials. It seems only natural to explore the limits of their powers to fill this void.

No one said it’s going to be simple.

It make take several attempts, but don’t be discouraged. The key to all successful dog training is persistence. In time it will pay off.

Good girl!

Of course, not everyone has the patience and focus to be a good therapist. Luckily, when it comes to dogs, there are lower expectations for any kind of back and forth exchange, allowing any penchant for distraction to go unnoticed.

Success! I think.

We’re on our way, but keep in mind that even in the best of situations, the doctor patient relationship can be complicated. With pets, it is particularly fraught.

Don’t let a little complexity be the bogyman that ruins this great idea.

It’s hard to know if this will ultimately work or not. Good science demands that we gather empirical data. But that’s not easy when it comes to the efficacy of therapy, and especially pet therapy. That means we’ll have to settle for whatever anecdotal, imprecise, or completely erroneous data we muster. Feel free to post yours below.

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I’m Going to Cry My Way to Mental Health

Or drown trying

Believe me, I’d love to end this comic with a glory story of sanguine success, but it’s a work in progress. I’ll keep you posted.

What I know so far is that the most painful part of the cycle is when the tears are building up, and I am unknowingly tensing up to hold them at bay. Anxiety has long struck me as the flip side of grief. It’s the side that takes the greater toll on me. The release of the tears is the good part.

Still, I look forward to needing the release less, or at least resisting it less. Though, maybe that’s two ways of saying the same thing.

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