Animals that will make you hold their paw if you are anxious, or will stop you for self abuse, etc.
I have an Enabler animal.
Lily loves it when I am home and in bed because then she can cuddle with me. So she actively puts herself on me, refusing to move when I want to and makes it harder for me to get out of bed.
She trained herself, so that part was saving me money, I guess.
I’ve had a bad week and decided to take off Thursday and Friday so that at least when the implosion of my Depression happened I wasn’t calling off work. Lily approves. I’m not sure if I do.
It’s almost like I’m supporting the depression when I plan for the implosion, but I also know intellectually that the implosion was coming, whether I asked for the days off or not. The only difference was whether I proactively handled it better for my job.
And this does at least keep the depression from using an unexcused absence as fuel for a bonfire of self hate.
And also Lily enjoys it. And frankly, it’s all about Lily. She knows it, I know it and we are all better off if everyone agrees on the state of things.
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Long live Lily!
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