This is the tale of a fluffy Golden Retreiver called Angus and how he has brought colour and happiness into the life of his human. In 2017 after two years of training together he became a qualified Mental Health Assistance Dog and is able to accompany everywhere I go. He has drawn back the curtain on my life which had become very small and insular.
The last decade and a half has been a painful and yet wonderful adventure for me. With the support of my brilliant and loving husband and daughter I have begun to tackle the darkness of depression that has followed me for most of my life. We have been privelidged to share the last few years with our beloved Goldie. To watch him grow and take on the duties of a Mental Health Assistance Dog, part time PAT volunteer and become a massive part of our family.
This blog is partly therapeutic; as well as being a place to record my passions in nature, art and writing. However if this happens to reach anyone out there in need of encouragement to grasp their dreams- I will be immensely happy.
At times in life the next day and even the next minute can seem impossible to bear. Believe me I have been there and still visit that place from time to time but I want to show that if I can carry on and live some of my dreams – so can anyone because I have learned to dwell in possibility.
Thank you for sharing in our world and following a little of the journey made by a woman and her dog ‘down the golden path’ .
And the webpage name?
I dwell in Possibility
BY EMILY DICKINSON
I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –
This poem is sourced from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/52197
Please be aware:I have no qualifications in mental health care or dog training. Anything mentioned in this blog comes only from my thoughts or those of others I have come across on my recovery journey. I cannot and would not make any medical or therapeutic claims. Anyone in need of guidance must speak to a qualified practitioner.
Thank you to Bigwoofa for allowing me to use this picture of Angus and me.