My Dog Saved My Life

Wyatt is a medium sized dog.  He is a black and white mixed breed.  I adopted him from a shelter when he was a puppy.  Groomers and vets have told me they suspect he is part schnauzer and part terrier.  He loves to eat any kind of food that comes from a noisy bag.  You can even put regular dog food in a rattly bag and he thinks it is a treat.  He is housebroken.  He can sit, lay down, and roll over.  About four years ago, when Wyatt was just 3 years old, I was at a the lowest point I had ever been in my life.  After much anguish and heartache, I had decided to take my own life.
My morning started out just like all my other mornings had been starting out.  Bleak.  I took Wyatt to the vet to get him squared away with vaccinations and stuff so that no one would have to worry about that and so that he would be ok without me for a while.  I came home and played with him a little, we took a nap, and when we woke up, I began to write goodbye letters to family and friends.  I was also to go eat with a friend that evening.  I planned to go eat, and then come home and overdose on all the medication that I had accumulated.  But Wyatt had other plans for me.  As I was finishing up the last letter, one to my parents, Wyatt began to breathe funny.  He jumped up from his bed and started walking around, looking for his water bowl, and struggling to breathe.  I went and sat down on the floor next to him and noticed that his head had begun to swell.  It was more than 3 times its normal size.  I called the vet who was open late only one night during the week.  Luckily for me it was that night.  He told me that Wyatt was probably having an allergic reaction to a part of his vaccine and that I should bring him in right away.  A friend rushed us to the vet as large red welts began to develop on Wyatt's tummy.  We got there just in time.  They had to shave Wyatt's legs and start an IV.  It had been an allergic reaction to part of his vaccine.  I loved Wyatt so much and he was the only thing I felt I had at that time and so I was so grateful that they had saved his life.  The vet told me Wyatt was lucky to have such a concerned mom. That made me realize that even though I was at the end of my rope, I still had Wyatt, and he still needed me.  I struggled with depression for a few more months before my life began to turn around.  But I owe my life to Wyatt and I have spent every day since that night trying to show him how special he is to me.
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I'm 14 my dog died when I was 8 he was a milestone in my life

When I was growing up, throughout elementary and junior high, I never stood out in the crowd as much. I was quiet and always too nice to people. I was bullied and never really made any "true" friends. I suffered from low self esteem and depression, going through my young teen years. At times I was very suicidal as well.

Until one day I met Timmy, my shih tzu. His enthusiasm for life and meeting strangers inspired me to come out of my shell. Some people would call him ugly because of his under bite; which I find it adorable and unique. I would stand up for him unafraid and I learned that I shouldn't be afraid to stand up for myself either.

Having him in my life throughout the years boosted my confidence and gave me purpose to not give up on life. He's still with me today and I'm thankful that he has come into my life. People may say I'm a bit crazy for being so attached to him, but he's my life saver most importantly my best friend.

Thanks for sharing your story :)

After I lost my mother I went thru a severe depression. I have always loved dogs and decided to rescue a dog to keep me company. I ended up rescuing a gorgeous Alaskan Malamute that was scheduled to be euthanized the next morning. It sounds like I saved him but the reality of the situation is that he has saved me many times over. He is my rock. He is what keeps me going. He gives me a reason to get up every day. A reason to smile every day. And a reason to feel happy every day. Pets are incredible. Hope you and Wyatt have many years together!

So sad

Yes pets are a life saver. I am glad your better now.

You are very lucky to have a pet like that.
And he needs all the love you can give him.
And in return he will love you back.
And one more thing ROCK ON GIRL.

Me too.

Great story! I am so glad you had Wyatt to help you through a difficult time. I guess you can say my dogs saved my life too. Not in the same way but they have. I have suffered with depression for many years now & when it gets really bad I would stay in bed locked up in my room staring at the walls. Suicide attempt would always later happen. A year ago though I rescued two pit bulls. They gave me a reason to get out of the bed. Someone had to take them out, feed them, walk them. When I would cry they would snuggle with me like they knew I was sad, trying to cheer me up. They gave me comfort. Now when I start to fall back into that deep depression I turn to them. They always seem to make me laugh. They never judge me or have anything negative to say. They just love me for who I am :)

It is so touching to see how the love of a dog and care offered by owner can change the world for better. Also responses from readers so heart warming.

Yours isn't the only life that our endlessly loving friends have saved, they love us every moment and let us know we're important, I have three dogs that make my life living!

My eyes teared a little at this story, I can't put a finger on it but I don't know why I have such a soft spot for the love and bond between a dog and its master. You're story is beautiful thank you.

Great recolection. Dogs are lifesavers in more ways than one Snauzers were bred to do the same as terriers. so that he has both dogtypes represented in him is not uncommon. Glad he helped to turn your life around and that because of him you worked your way out of the depression you had at the time. never forget that you are not alone. I have never suffered from any depressions or other mental inflictions but I know people who have.I have got four sighthouds that I love very much they are the closest familymembers I could ever want.To some our canines are just dogs but we know better and are rewarded for having rescued saved their lives.

Great for you!!! Lots of people don't realize (or care) that when you adopt a dog, you're taking on resposibility for that dogs ENTIRE well being -for it's life span. Suicide is a selfish act & a permanent solution to temporary problems. When someone commits suicide their families and friends NEVER recover, their lives are ruined from that point on. Then there is the possibility that you go to HELL, & hell is forever, so, worst case senario you suffer on Earth up to a hundred years- compared to suffering foever in hell & ruining the lives of your loved ones. MOVE, try every single thing to change your circumstances. If you can't then when times get the worst HUG that bundle of unconditional love, Feel the love only a DOG can give :)

Love takes over everything. I'm so glad you finally realised death is not the only way out.

I hope your pain is not so bad. I know about wanting to just escape and end everything. But at the very least, you need to know that someone needs you. It's a good feeling. I wish you some love in your life.

This is an awesome story.

this is an awesome story, thanks for sharing :)

Honestly to say how did he save your life? I don't see anything about him saving you'd life

She realized that Wyatt needed her and she is living fir him!

wow that is a relly good story .im glad the vet saved the dogs life .

Dogs really are part of the family. It's great that Wyatt helped you through a tough time:)

Bless you and Wyatt. Your story is truly inspirational. I am grateful that although it seems like you were extremely depressed, Wyatt's love made you see that no matter what happens life can be worth living. I can relate to your story 100%. Although I have suffered from depression for years and have gone through many trials and tribulations in the past couple years, when I look at my dog and it hits me time and time again how much he genuinely and unconditionally loves me, I remember that life is good. I know that love from an animal, a child, or a person with a disability is the purest form of love, because it is a love without judgement or pretenses, and that kind of love is always a gift. So even if I feel like I have nothing else, I remember that I have my wonderful dog's love, and I know he depends on me and would be lost without me...and it's my belief if you have that kind of connection with any entity, things can't be all that bad. From the bottom of my heart I'm thankful that you and Wyatt not only have each other, but that you saved each other's lives. =)

This story and all these comments make me cry, I love my little Chihuahua Moe so much. I couldn't live my life without him. He makes my world go round.

Your story brought tears to my eyes. I hope you are feeling very differently now. <br />
My dog is looking at me now with pleading eyes waiting for his walk. I could never allow him to have another home .. he is a rescue dog and this is his fourth.

I lost my wife through a divorce. I love her very much and we were meant to be together. But I moved to following a "career" and she didn't want to leave her parents. It didn't take her long to find another boyfriend. I just wanted to find the tallest bridge. But I was left with "who will take care of Brandon". Brandon ended up taking care of me, for years. That was 20 years ago. Brandon passed away and I'm still heart broken over the divorce. But somehow I found my breath and love for a new day. If that means something, then it means that I will have one more day to shower my love and affection on Libby Foo-Foo. Dogs are our protectors, true angels who deserve all the love we can give them.

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. It really hit home with me. I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for years and found a lot of comfort with my new puppy. She really brightens my day and makes me smile. It's amazing what dogs can do for you =)

that is so awesome I wud love to chat w u nd swap stories bout our dogs. Mine is my best friend nd sometimes even more. let me know if u wanna b friends

That is an inspiring story, so glad you were there for Wyatt, and he was there for you!

Kudos to Wyatt! I LOVE him! lol <br />
Animals do know, they are in tune with us big time I think...there's a reason they're (wo)man's best friend!

my dog always comes to me if I am upset or crying, to tell me everythings ok, dogs are brillant :)

Everything happens for a reason : )

Great story! You great guys both deserve each other.

You Rock! I'm glad you are a caring dog-mom! Please stick around ok? Wyatt, and we need you. Write me if you want... I experienced something very similar to you!

you are very blessed to have him...... dogs are wonderful

oh very good dog...

Beautiful story and Thank God for Wyatt because he helped you not do something harmful to yourself. I know he would have been very sad without you!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALLWAYS and I know deppression is difficult to deal with because I have it too. But it will get better, we just have try our best to be strong and thankfully I have a doggy too, he has helped me through some rough times.<br />

Texas girl, I am glad u are alright now, wyatt is such a wonderful companion.<br />
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Dog is truly a man's greatest friend. Like you, my dog helped me go through my lowest point in my life and it is really an amazing experience that only a dog owner can understand.

You were going to kill your self and leave Wyatt in the house without food and water or outside with out a home? and you loved him so. His head swelled up to three times its normal size, you say?

Too bad

I have recently experienced something similar. I was sexually assualted repeatedly at a job. I had to quit it and have sufffered emotionally, mentally and financially. I was the one who had to go get retraining. Yes, enter school again. More debt. to top it all i had no medical insurance, no income and suffered deep depression. I chose alcohol for my escape. I had many thoughts of suicide. Though never thought I would ever do it. How could I do that to my family? I became so numb that there were times I felt like something was taking over my body and mind. I used to own dogs but had to put them down due to age and health complications. I thought I would never be able to own another. One day I looked at rescue dogs. There was one that struck me deeply. I applied for adoption. after I had hopes up they were crushed. The foster home would not give him up. I did not want any other dog. I wanted him. there was something about him that I felt a close bond. That was in september 09. I avoided looking on web sites for any other until one day I was drawn to look. See if he was still on that site. There he was. My lil sterling. He was still available. I immediately filled out the adoption application, for the second time. Then called the agency. They were supprised that I was still interested. We arranged a meet and greet a few weeks later. Life was really getting tough. very tough. When I met the dog i was shocked and scared. I felt peace. I felt hope. I took him home. He gave me life. he goes every where with me. we walk every day by a large lake, in nature, anywhere we want. Since I have adopted him, I finally got approved for medical, now able to get therapy, school is going better than ever and I have a job lined up upon graduation. I still struggle emotionally. I still fight the emotional battle. But since Sterling came into my life I actually feel I have life. life is worth living. Thank you Sterling you are an angel.

That's an amazing story! I do believe that animals send out good, positive vibes and that whenever we are around them the world, our world becomes a better place.

such sweet moving story, i do hope you (texas girl) are feeling better now. We all have our ups and downs in life, and yes, sometimes it seems life is just too much but you have to be strong and hanging there, and your dog is definitely one of the reasons you need to keep hanging there. he needs you and you need him.

Thank you so much for sharing this story. Pets are such a joy and they will always listen and never criticize. I have three wonderful birds and soon to be 8 Polish chicken! :)<br />
Thanks again for sharing this story, what an amazing heart felt story.

You are really gratful that you still have your dog, most people have lost so much that it had been rediculous . And whyyat and you are very special . Good luck to the futuer Whyatt!!!!!

You are really gratful that you still have your dog, most people have lost so much that it had been rediculous . And whyyat and you are very special . Good luck to the futuer Whyatt!!!!!

I so understand what you wrote. My dog has saved my life so many times and I've saved her life once or twice but what she has given me is 1000 times more than what I feel I give her. <br />
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When I had cancer my dog lay next to me for almost a year. She was always snuggling and by my side. Recently I had a spinal fusion and she is now here by my side again. People are often surprised when I say that there have been times that the only thing that keeps me going is this dog.<br />
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I hope you are feeling better and know you are not alone.

Iost my dog of 15 years stood by me threw depression and one event after another her name was honey she was half mastiff and pit When she died i fell into three year deep depression even thinking about her I well up and start crying Then just this week a go a very special rare lowchen the little lion dog name Teddy came in to my life He lifted my spirts and the depression He only 11 weeks old and being service companion puppy already and cant start till he is year old .

yea,that seems a great dog.<br />
But what I want to say is,value your life,friend.Because we still have more friends like your Wyatt,love and care about you so much.

i loved loved your story- wyatt is my hero and so are you- how are you now??

Such a sad beautiful story I would think that a person like your self would have found some friends by now you obviously are a really caring person I have just looked at the virtual pets site maybe later I will get a virtual pet <br />
Please feel that you can message me I love nature and our enviroment I always love a good natter and would love to increase my friends <br />
Cheers from Jill

Dang this is awesome, im glad your life turned around.

yeah,there was a point when i was wondering if stabbing myself in the would hurt much but i feal better now.

I dont annually vaccinate my dog as too many can leed to reactions like Wyatt, but im glad you had him boostered that day as you obviously needed a reminder that he would need you. <br />
I once contemplated starting a fire in my bedroom by dropping a lit cigarette on to my bed. as soon as the thought had entered my head me beloved Drift got up from a very deep sleep & jumped onto my bed right on the side where I was holding my cigarette. To this day I know she read my mind & without judgement wanted me to know that she was there for me. <br />
Even now that she's no longer with me I know I won't do anything to deliberatly harm myself.

You are a brave girl to look back and write this down. You together with Wyatt will be doing better every day! Kudos!

Wyatt is lucky to have a brave mom like you!

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that made me cry!! lol. It made me think of how many times my dog was there when I was sad. Wonderful story thank you for sharing.

Thats an awsome story! I finally got a dog of my own and everyone makes fun of me because I am so in love with her but she is my reason for getting up and around every day.. yea im annoyed when she pushes me to the side of the bed because she is trying to be close to me.. or when she wakes me up at 7 am cuz she isint tired anymore.. but I cant be mad at her for long because she is just so darn loving! makes my day when she comes to sit next to me.

How are you and Whatt?

How awesome. I have the same problem...I have been pretty much battling depression for a really long time. I ALWAYS wanted a dog but was never allowed to have one growing up. Well,at 30 I was in the worst relationship of my life, and at one of my lowest points..I actually did overdose on pills about 2 weeks before I got my yellow lab puppy. My boyfriend at the time felt that it would make me feel less alone. My dog has been the best thing I could ask for. He is now 7 months and I couldn't imagine not having him in my life. Thank you so much for your story, we have both been through it...I just gave my dog a big hug right now and let him come up on the bed haha...I just discovered this website but love it already thanks to your story. hope to kit

If you worry that you have not made a difference, you have,<br />
for only those who do not worry about it have not.<br />
If you feel overwhelmed, if the weight of problems is too heavy to bear,<br />
remember it is a shared burden<br />
and the strength of numbers can accomplish much.<br />
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If you consider that we cannot save them all,<br />
and what difference does one make? <br />
you ought to know the joy of the one who is saved.<br />
Mourn those we cannot save, it is a eulogy to their being.<br />
Do not let their loss be in vain.<br />
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If anger wells up within you, because people are the problem,<br />
remember your humanity and that people are also the solution.<br />
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See beyond the unlovable, the unattractive,<br />
the impure and the wounded - <br />
see that their spirit is as deserving as the rest.<br />
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Listen to your heart. Sometimes we have to do that which <br />
we are most afraid of. <br />
Be true to yourself and your beliefs. <br />
Family may abandon you, <br />
friends may disappoint you, strangers will ridicule you. <br />
People shun what they do not understand.<br />
Help them to understand - kindly, softly, gently.<br />
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Your rewards will not be material, but they will be meaningful, <br />
and the courage of your convictions can survive anything.<br />
We are small boats cast adrift on a cruel sea,<br />
but someday the tide will turn toward a safe harbour. <br />
No matter how dark the storm clouds,<br />
or deep the pain of heartbreak - never forget: <br />
We are their heroes.

hi this story is such an inspiration, i too have a dog named tj and he means the world to me, i tell him everything about me that i wouldnt tell anyone else, hope yous have a lovely enjoyable life together xx

Wow... thank you for sharing this with us. I'm so glad that wyatt was there for you that night and that you are there for him now.

not only is your storey awesome and inspireing, you have created a menagerie of overwhelming heart felt sentament, thank you all for shareing your stories, you have all touched me very deeply,,,,

That was incredible story! Thanks to Wyatt and You. And don't try to do that again will you?

Yes, I think we underestimate animals and what they know that we don't know.

WOW what an amazing story.I TOO have Depression,and a LOT of health issues.I lost my husband 3 months ago,and its been hard on me,and our dog.She's one of the few reasons I havent killed myself.I wanted and still want to,but our dog was a shelter dog,who was abused,and neglected.She needs me,and I need her. I want to die,but I cant leave or give up on her.I miss my husband,he was my LIFE,but I need our dog,shes saving mine.

that's fantastic. My dog has gotten me through some very tough times. Just having her there helps. Glad that you're doing better now!

Dogs are 100000000000 times better than people.

aww that is sweet.

This brought on the tears for me. What a beautiful story. It's amazing how things work this way. I hope you and Wyatt are happy, healthy and terrific~

Your story made me cry too. I know how dark life can get, sometimes it just seems there's no way out of it. Sometimes I've been so depressed, and if it weren't for my big smiling dog, I don't know if I'd be here either. He always knows when I'm down and puts his head in my lap to cheer me up. I look at my dog and cat and know they need me. I'm so glad your little dog saved you. He's given you the chance to find happiness in your life again. Know that you are never alone, even if it feels that way sometimes. You can always find us here, sometimes life just stinks, but we understand. Keep writing about it, take one day at a time, and keep living!!!!

What a wonderful store. i am sorry that Wyatt became sick but i am glad he saved your life. I have had 4 yorkshire terriers in the past 28 years and they ll have been very special. i have had medical problems for the past 4 years. [I am well now] i spent a lot of time in bed and they were all right there to comfort me and take care of me and make me laugh. I am down to one dog now but hopefully soon we will have 2 new baby girls in our family. Yorkies of course.

Wow!You seem pretty lucky to have Wyatt!I wish I had a dog.Mine died.

Also remember that even if you feel that bad again - down the road - and Wyatt is not there, there are many other wonderful little beings that are waiting at humane and animal welfare societies for someone like you. They need you as much as you needed Wyatt, and like you will eventually need them. We are all here, muddling through together - even if we are not the same species.

That is so amazing! It brought tears to my eyes because I have a dog that saved my life too. It is nothing but amazing how dogs can have such an impact on a persons life. <br />
I hope that everything is well!!!!

What a beautiful story you have!!!!!!!!!!

I very pleased and i realy like this story

Wow!!! Its realy a good story.

Thats a pretty sad but nice story. Well what I mean is just it's sad with the depression but your dog saving your life. Depression is like a whirl pool that sucks you in. But to pull yourself out you have to find something to pull yourself out with and lucky for you, you did. A lot of people kill themselves because they can't get out of.<br />
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Still sometimes I think things just might happen for a reason because some things seem beyond luck like this.

Omg...whatta story. <br />
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I've often felt really sad and noticed that my two dogs make their way to sit with me and cuddle with me more. <br />
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I've cried sometimes and my smaller female dog has actually wimpered next to me while I have cried. When I stopped crying, she would stop wimpering. <br />
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I think they know when we are sad and they do their best to fix it and make us feel better. <br />
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Glad youre doing better. =)

My dog is my best friend, too, I do think those vaccines can be dangerous to dogs and people....I don't get a flu shot anymore, because I heard that if you get 5 flu shot in a row, you will develop Alzheimers....and all the kids that are getting Autism from their shots. When I was a kid, I don't think Autism existed, but neither did all these shots they give kids now. All we had was the Polio Vacine. Glad you are doing better...please try taking vitamin B works wonders for depression!

I belive God sent your dog to stop you from doing the worst! Also..realise how much you love your dog and how you were devestated when he was having allergic reaction!? Just emagine how people who love you and care for you would feel!? That's just heart breaking and thank God you are alive and well..Please take care of yourself and let people know what they mean to you, and they too will tell you (i hope they will) how they feel about you too..but many times it shows in action, rather then word. I don't even know you..but it just hurt me when I read to the point where you said you decided to take your own life! There are many people who love you..and I know from my own experiance..I probably don't let people know how much they mean to me and that I love them. Make a point to let someone know you love and appreciate heart at the time :) God Bless you and take good care.

Beautiful story.

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MrBrYcE! You seem to be a cold hearted person! Why would you say such things to someone who was struggling to stay alive.... Pets do deserve importance and in some cases more than humans....because they give unconditional love. I'm thinking you could learn a lot from them.

doesnt it sound like you were waiting for an opportunity to keep living ? Providence made you realize something was wrong with your dog and you took this chance to get active and find purpose.<br />
Thats what i feel reading your post.<br />
I just want to say dont give pets more importance that they deserve. They bear more than they can express to you, and they express less than what you believe they do.<br />
Impersonating pets and showering them with unidirectionnal feelings is wrong.<br />
I dont value life that much thats why i m saying this openly to you. Better to be aware or dead than kept awake by illusions.

touching story, glad Wyatt was there for you, and you really area stronger person than you might have thought you are. glad too to see that you got over your depression, i have been there too till i had to be medicated, but that was then. all the best to you and Wyatt!!

Your story is so moving; it brings me to tears. My husband and I have three dogs, Piper and Leo, our two cocker spaniels, and Sebastian, a teacup chihuahua. We have been married three years and are unable to have children. As this has always been my greatest dream, I feel like I have an enormous weight on my shoulders. One day recently, I started crying and couldn't stop. As I left from work and came home and then looked at my dogs when I came in, I realized how glad they were just to see me. I sat in the middle of the kitchen sobbing and they crowded all around me, as if trying to absorb my sadness, and I swear I could just feel their love for me. Dogs can make such a difference, and if we're never able to have kids, I know that our dogs will always be my babies.

That is a very powerful story. Have you ever shared it with any groups...besides us I mean.

This is the most moving reality situtation I have read in a long time. I do think that both of you are very lucky to have each other. I think that our pets have a way of sensing when we need them. I speak from experience as my Mia has been there for me when I have been at the lowest times in my life. Just looking at her sweet face helps me to get up and keep going. God bless and thanks for sharing.

I am married and have a 5 1/2 yr old daughter. BUT, sometimes there is nothing they can do to make me feel better sometimes when I am down or frustrated. I love knowing that my dog CAN take me out of a bad rut or make me feel better after a long frustrating day. The saying is SOOOO TRUE, 'A dog is a mans best friend!' Enough said....

Dogs, cats or any kind of pet are so much more than animals... they're like kids they need care and they give it too,,, my dog, Shasa, she was almost 4 years when she died we never know what happened to her; one day she began to felt a terrible pain in her spine and stopped walking the same day, then she lost mobility down her waste, she couldn't control fluids, she cried so bad about the pain all day long and couldn't take be touched because it was just too painful and so she stopped eating. 4 days later she died. My mom had a friend of us to stay at home because she's a nurse and she had a night shift to cover, Shasa died that night, she knew my mom wouldn't take watching her die. As my sister and I moved out from my mom's place for going to college and she's a single mom so Shasa was all she had. We're still brokenhearted about it. But we think of her as the little spoiled girl she was and we'll keep her in our hearts forever.

I'd be dead if it weren't for dogs! My aunt has 4 dogs who love me and would be really sad if I took my own life. I consider taking my own life all the time. I hate my life. But I'm surrounded by dogs who LOVE me. I'm not a people person at all! It's the dogs who keep me alive. My other aunt has four dogs who also love me, and my cousins have dogs who are always happy to see me. And then there's a dog I walk every day! I get up and go walk her even if I don't feel good or anything. She makes my day better. She makes me feel good. She's a great dog to be around! There are so many dogs in my life. I'm glad you found a dog who needs you!