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Comforting mama

Gidget senses mommy is feeling depressed and anxious, so she takes it upon herself to hop up on mommy and remind her that all her pain will fade while shes in her presence ♥️

After scene of panic attack

After panic attack she uses her weight to calm me. She will not sleep, she stares to make sure I’m okay

After scene of panic attack

After panic attack she uses her weight to calm me. She will not sleep, she stares to make sure I’m okay

OUR PRINCESS SHELBIE

Shelbie, my beautiful, cuddly dog.  Always looking for hugs and kisses.

Always follows me around (even to the bathroom).

 

Maji’s face shot

Included is an image of Maji’s from the front angle including his face, chest, and right side. He is black and tan with brown eyes and floppy ears.

Sui is my girl….my buddy…my hero

Sui is a good girl who allows me the freedom of living alone with many medical issues.  I could not live like this without her.

Cami and Bon Bon

Cami is taking care of our new kitten Bon Bon. She snuggles with her to let her know that she has her back too! They have such a special bond.

Cami waiting for someone to toss her ball

Cami loves to bring anyone a mouthful of toys when she is not by her mommy’s side.  She starts out with one and then two and three…etc!

She bugs anyone who is sitting down.

Handsome boy rosco

looking handsome at his kids birthday party! 🥳 thinking mmmmm is that cake can I please please please have some…. It smells sooooo good 😊 

Bella my Alaskan Klee Kai

Picture of her on the beach at my moms where she loves to be she’s always so excited for walks and adventures

My puppy love and life line

This is a photo of my boo bear. We went out on the lake. Everyone couldn’t wait to play fetch with her!

Cookie King Charles Cavalier

Cookie is the most lovely  King Charles Cavalier!!!! Cookie  is now 5 months and  she s growing with lots of fun, walks and joy!

Bailey making sure i’m okay

She is always looking out for me and making sure I’m fine, well trained, and obedient. It gives me the peace I need knowing the she is by my side.

Staying still for the photo

He rarely lets me take any picture but he stopped playing long enough for me to snap this picture of him

Students struggle to find accommodations for emotional support, service animals

Students with emotional support or service animals have experienced difficulties finding housing contracts and other accommodations because of a lack of understanding for the roles their animals play.

A little over a year ago, 23-year-old commercial music major Michelle Howard said she found herself in need of some help, as starting college far from home brought out feelings she didn’t anticipate.

“I never thought of myself as a person with anxiety and stuff like that just because of the way I was raised, but growing up and going to college, I started realizing, ‘Oh, I do struggle with some of these things,’” Howard said.

Howard said she started exploring her options after her first emotional support animal, a husky, didn’t work out. Originally, she had brought her certified dog from home, but the dog didn’t adjust well. She had to rethink which animal would be the best fit for her busy schedule as a student.

Howard soon found Beanie the bunny, which motivated her to create a routine to benefit them both.

“With that routine, it helps me to be more centered and focused on what I do want to do. So instead of wasting a ton of time being sad, I get off my butt, help him, and then I can do the rest of my day,” Howard said.

The two soon faced another trial: finding accommodating, affordable housing in Provo. Howard ultimately moved to Orem for a year, where she found housing to be more accommodating, yet more expensive.

Those with service animals also experience difficulties. According to BYU’s Animals on Campus Policy, emotional support animals are not pets, do not require any specialized training, and are necessary to alleviate one’s symptoms through providing emotional support. A service animal is “a dog or miniature horse individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, intellectual or other mental disability.”

Exercise science major Brooklyn Hafen has had her own challenges with her service dog, Mona.

Hafen said her managers and landlords didn’t initially understand Mona’s role was one of a service animal and not an emotional support animal. One of her roommates had childhood trauma from being attacked by a dog and was hesitant to live with a German Shepherd. Hafen said it took a lot of patience to sort out these areas of her life.

Many of Hafen’s classes have been accommodating, but small physical therapy facility she works at hasn’t been as understanding.

“I did train her to just stay in the office and never come out by the patients, but it wasn’t enough,” Hafen said. “They said that it ‘just wasn’t the environment for a dog.’”

Hafen said people are often not understanding of service animals for mental or emotional health and trauma. It usually takes listing her physical needs for her to be taken seriously, she said.

“I wonder whether people understand the purposes, training and/or services provided by either animal. That lack of understanding and the associated assumptions makes it hard for all concerned,” University Accessibility Center director Ed Martinelli said.

Whether it’s an emotional support animal or a service animal, Martinelli said BYU strives to help those in need with the proper accommodations.

“Any difference in how the animal is viewed doesn’t have any impact in accommodation determination. We look at the documentation, the request and a variety of other issues when making disability and accommodation determinations,” Martinelli said.

Happy, Happy, Happy

Just goofing around. N my human loves to take photography and loves to take photos (she’s pretty good at it too).

Me?  Not so much.

Karma sitting pretty

Karma sitting pretty listening attentively to what im saying …………………………………………

Brandi Relaxing

After a hard days work, she loves to stretch out and just relax.  Also loves all people and activities especially going for long hikes.

Smart and tranquil

Marley helps minimize stress and helps calm me. She helps my moods when I feel anxious or depressed.

MR. BULLET BROWN

BULLET IS AN OUTSTANDING SERVICE DOG AND SUPPORTS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.  HE IS TRAINED AND IS ONGOING FURTHER TRAINING SKILLS.