In addition to volunteering to help heal her broken heart, Spencer also found an incredible new friend when she adopted her dog, Reven. "His love and support was really irreplaceable," she says. "He showed me what unconditional love really is. No matter how I looked, how I felt, or what I did, he loved me. His sweet, gentle nature became a part of my daily healing regimen, and helped set me up for the greatest comeback of my life…We rescued each other."
After a divorce, writer Ton Bil found incredible comfort in the company of his cat, Suzie. "Suzie would often just enjoy life with closed eyes, sitting still. Not striving towards this or that, nor trying to avoid something, or resisting reality…You are connecting with another living being. This is the essence of love and life."
Coach Heidi offered up some wisdom on why pets provide comfort, saying, "The unconditional love that we receive is a beautiful, constant reminder of our inherent value." She also adds that while this can be a valuable part of the healing process, it shouldn't take the place of going out to experience new things, and meeting new people.