I would like to introduce you to someone very special in my life, he goes by the name Toby and he's a border collie and he never fails to put a smile on my face, as you can see by the photo he's always got a huge smile on his face.
His story hasn't always been full of happiness when we first got him, he had been neglected, not given any toys or had proper food and had flat teeth from where he chewed stones out of boredom, it means he gets very anxious around other dogs- we don't know his full story but despite all he's been through he's such a clever, attentive dog, and is the soppiest dog I've ever met.
From speaking to others with dyspraxia I have found out so much how their pets have had a huge impact on themselves and their families lives. I've been surrounded by dogs all my life and walking a dog helped me gain my independence, helped me be aware of the world around me and helped with crossing roads as I knew I had to get the dog safely across the road as me. It helped me feel more confident going out on my own.
Pets never judge us, they're always happy to see us, always show us love, and appreciate the care we give them and have a wagging tail or a purr when they greet us, and can provide comfort, company and happiness in darker times, as a lot of people with dyspraxia struggle in social situations or have been bullied, having a pet can help someone smile, and give someone a little bit of a confidence boost.
When I feel down or anxious Toby can sense it and will come over for a cuddle which has a huge calming affect on me or more often than not bring one of his many toys, he has an obsession with balls and could play for days, which can provide a distraction from my anxiety and given me the courage to leave the house sometimes on a bad day. Apart from the time I got his ball on a rope stuck in a tree twice on one walk (he was not a happy dog.) He also helps me find my smile on days when I struggle to find one.