Not all therapists dress the same, look the same, or even speak the same. For some, a simple bark is all they need.
“That dog doesn’t have problems, I do.”
Charlotte Ferrell bought Pablo three weeks before her world changed.
“Right after my mom died I didn’t get out of bed for like five days, once I got back to school It was really hard for me to get in a routine get in a system.”
Pablo has been the best roommate she could have asked for.
But for Ferrell, Pablo wasn’t just any ordinary dog.
“It gets met out of bed in the morning, when I don’t feel like getting up, I have to get up for him, I have to take him out at night. I have to take care of something. It gets me going I guess.”
And that is exactly why professionals encourage emotional support dogs for college students who are depressed or stressed.
CERTA PET says, “When people have mental disabilities it helps having a companion to cope with their mental state. Having to take care of an emotional support dog helps them get up and do things.”
“Just knowing that I can come home and take her for a walk honestly is the highlight of my day,” Lexi Merison says.
For Ferrell and Merison, that’s a small ask.