What is the ultimate cure for anxiety and negativity? A puppy obviously.
It turns out this is also the case for other dogs: Minnie, a golden retriever suffering from anxiety, was given a mini-me for Christmas.
Nicolette Hall, 23, from Texas, is Minnie’s owner, and gave her an eight-week old pup Parker as a companion.
She has really bad fears and anxiety so we figured getting a new friend will help her come out of her shell.
It was kinda like love at first sight – Minnie has always loved other dogs and having friends now she has someone to grow up with and to help her be brave!
Nicolette, a dog groomer, was over the moon to see her two dogs getting on really well the moment they met.
The aww-inducing video shows Minnie sniffing and running around the cardboard box before Parker’s little head popped out the top of the box.
Initially Millie seemed unsure about what to do but then runs over the him and gives him a good sniff.
Assessing the situation as safe and exciting, Minnie then starts wagging her tail and enjoying the company of her new playmate.
Anxiety is very commonplace in dogs and is often expressed in visible behaviours like urination, bowel movements, destruction, and excessive vocalisation.
Separation anxiety is the most common specific anxiety in companion dogs, meaning that when alone, the animal exhibits anxiety or excessive distress behaviours.
What a heart-warming tale.
If you’re experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They’re open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58, and they also have a webchat service if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone.