☆I've seen a lot of articles about emotional support animals and some people's disdain at having them on planes, especially bully breeds. I've also seen instances where the owner of the ESA was in the wrong. But I think that is such an important thing to stress- the owner makes the dog. I've been working with dogs for almost 12 years and the similarities between the owner and dog become obvious. Emotional support animals are often dismissed as people's pets, because social anxiety, depression, etc. can't be seen, and oftentimes isn't obviously debilitating.
☆That being said, a lot of ESAs are much needed. Bully breeds are great for this job (at least in my opinion) because they truly can be so loving. My little gremlin has been with me only for a year, but I can't put into words the positive impact he has had on my life. So before you jump to conclusions, or assume anxiety and depression isn't a sort of disability at times, please remember that ESAs are necessary. And ESA owners, I know you love your fur babies and I know its much easier to travel if they're ESAs but please make sure they are trained to be in such a confined space for a long period of time and that they know their manners.
Some people really do need their animals-I know I need mine. And as a future therapist, I look forward to helping my clients have their own. #awareness #esa #flight #deltaairlines #bullybreed #emotional #stigma #mentalillness #support #whorescuedwho #rescuesofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #dogwalker #love #anxiety #depression #therapy #psychology #furbaby