Sunday, February 19, 2023

RIP Miss Trixie Lee 2007-2022 -- Best Yorkie Ever


 We started  this blog  in 2007

About  the time  we  got  our little   Trixie  Lee. 

She  was  my  second  Yorkie.

And though we were not faithful keeping up  the blog, it still  attracted  lots  of  visitors and comments!

2022  was a  tough year  for  Trixie.

In  January, one of those  Petsmart  vets,  gave  her  2  shots  in the  same  rear  leg.

I was  later told  they should  have NEVER  given a small  senior  dog  2  shots  in the  same  leg  on the  same  day.

She had a horrible  reaction  1  hour  later  and  we spent  5  hours  in  the  Emergency Care.

She seemed to spiral downward  after that and began to have  elevated kidney  values. 

She  had  a  vertigo  like  "seizure"  in the Spring.

Summer  and  Fall  she had bouts  of  diarrhea.

Sadly,  December  2022,  we  had  to let her  go.

She  had terrible  diarrhea  and  it  was  a  black.  She  was no  doubt bleeding  inside.

But she was a little trooper till the end!   It broke our hearts  to put her  down  because  she really  did not  act sick - even though  she was  sick.   We did not want her to suffer any more.   So we let her go.

We held her little soft body  in our hands  and  we  cried tears  all over her.


We are getting  ready to relocate out of the country. The relocation probably would have been tough for her, so its probably for the best.  She had  15 great  years!  And  we think of her every day.

We will get one more  Yorkie,  once we are settled  in Mexico.

Yorkies  Are  The BEST

We Love you  forever  Trixie   :-)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pets and Covid 19 Virus

The coronavirus  COVID  19  is on  everybody's minds  right now, around the world.
It's hard to imagine that one mammal had this virus and it was transferred  to  ONE HUMAN  and now  the world  is being turned upside  down.


According to sources I had  read, I thought  it has been said that pets  can not get the virus.
It's  VERY UNLIKELY a dog can pick the virus.

2 dogs have tested positive in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong animal-welfare authority stressed that there is currently no evidence that pets can be a source of the virus or that they can get sick from it. “Under no circumstances should [owners] abandon their pets,” it said.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) said that infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations, all agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with Covid-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.

If you want a cute Yorkie face mask like the one above, Amazon has a  couple different ones;

Monday, March 11, 2019

Traveling with a Yorkie to Mexico

From Trip Savvy -

Many people travel with their pets to Mexico. If you would like to take your dog or cat with you on your Mexican vacation, there are a few steps you should take in advance. Note that for Mexican regulations only dogs and cats are classified as pets: other animals may be imported but the regulations are different. Mexican regulations allow travelers to enter the country with up to two dogs or cats, but if traveling by air, airlines will only allow one pet per person. If you will be traveling to Mexico with more animals, you should contact the Mexican consulate or embassy nearest you for more information.

You should have your pet examined by a veterinarian and your pet's immunizations must be up to date. Carry the following documents when entering Mexico with your pet:
  • Either APHIS Form 7001 (pdf) Vet Health Certificate OR a certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian and printed on letterhead (handwritten documents are not accepted) in English and Spanish with the vet's professional license number or a photocopy of the license, and the vet's signature. Take the original and a simple copy.
  • Proof of rabies vaccine administered at least 15 days before the pet's arrival in Mexico. The vaccination certificate should state when the vaccine was administered and how long it is valid, as well as the product name and lot number.
  • Within 6 months of entering Mexico, your dog or cat must have be treated against internal and external parasites by a licensed veterinarian and the products used must be reflected on the health certificate. Cats and dogs must have treatments for ticks shortly prior to entering the country. Tick-borne infections such as ehrlichiosis are not unusual in the country, so it is wise to protect your pet.
When you arrive in Mexico with your pet, SAGARPA-SENASICA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food) personnel will conduct a brief physical inspection and verify that your pet is in compliance with the above requirements.

Travel by Air

If you are traveling by air you will need to check with your airline well in advance about their rules and extra charges for transporting pets. The airline has the final say on whether or not they will carry your pet (and each airline may have different rules), so be sure to check all the requirements with them prior to purchasing your ticket. Some airlines do not transport animals at all. Most airlines will allow small pets to travel in the cabin with you, but the pet will need to be in an airline-certified travel crate that fits beneath the airplane seat.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Yorkie's Eyes are Starting to get Cloudy

This year our little Trixie  will be 12 years old!

Health wise, she's in good health  overall. 
Her teeth are problematic - common with yorkies.

Last year  I noticed her eyes seem to be getting a little cloudy.
My previous Yorkie had expensive  cataract surgery - which really  did not help her sight at all. 
I would not do that again. 

American Kennel Club says, "As with people, when dogs have cloudy eyes it may be a natural part of the aging process. Other times, cloudy eyes could be a symptom of a number of eye problems. Trying to distinguish between what is normal and what is a problem can be tricky. While your veterinarian is your best source of information about your dog's eye health, it does help to know what types of eye problems can cause a cloudy appearance in your dog's eyes, and any other symptoms you can look out for."  read more here

Friday, November 23, 2018

Taking Your Dog to Mexico With You

We go to Puerto Vallarta  about  every year or 2.  We  have never  taken  our dog with us, but soon,  will need to consider  doing so. We usually  just go a week  or  10  days.  but soon, plan  to start going  for  3 months  in the winter. 

If you have ever wondered about traveling with  your dog, there are some good articles  out there. 

Airlines and buses have different rules for animal transportation that vary according to the company, destination, time of travel and pet’s characteristics.

On Aeromexico flights, for example, pets can travel in the cabin with other passengers or in the luggage compartment. It will depend on the type of airplane and the size of the pet, if it is authorized or not to go in the cabin.
But if the pet is not allowed to travel with its owner in the cabin, it must be documented as it was a piece of baggage, and it will have to make the trip in the baggage compartment, as long as it does not exceed 45 kilos (100 lbs), including the weight of the cage or transporter.
In any case, you must pay an additional fee for your pet, 1,000 Mexican pesos for domestic flights and 125 US Dollars for international flights.
If you travel in the cabin with your pet, you will be asked for veterinary and vaccination certificates against rabies issued no later than 30 days before the day of travel.
Because of the breathing problems they present during the flight and their high levels of stress, brachycephalic dogs and cats must travel in the cabin. Among them are Burmese, Himalayan and Persian cats, and dogs of the following breeds: Pug, Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Chow Chow, lhasa apso, Maltese, Pekingese, Sharpei and Yorkshire Terrier.
A Puerto Vallarta  news  sources  says, If you want to bring your pet to Mexico, you'll need two pieces of paper. The first is a vaccination certificate to ensure your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, hepatitis, pip and leptospirosis. The second is an office health certificate that must be issued by a veterinarian no more than 72 hours before entering Mexico. Your professional Mexico Real Estate Agent can give you more information.
READ MORE  HERE  and   also   HERE

Yorkie Scares off Burgler

A cowardly burglar had a ‘Lucky’ escape after being scared off by an elderly woman’s ‘hero’ dog.

Widow Janice Snelling, 76, revealed she was ‘terrified’ when a large man broke into her house.
But the intruder bit off more than he could chew when, on entering Janice’s bedroom, he was confronted by ‘ferocious’ pint-sized 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier Lucky, who frightened off the man before he managed to steal anything.

Read more at:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Broken Heart - A True Clincal Diagnosis

(pictured - NOT the dog from this story. Yevgen Romanenko/Shutterstock)

Broken hearts are not just a cheap cliché used to write pop songs, there is actually some science behind this much-romanticized phenomenon. And it's not limited to humans either. Doctors in Texas have written a case report about Joanie Simpson, a 61-year-old woman who suffered from “broken-heart syndrome” following the death of her dog.

As explained in The New England Journal of Medicine, the grief-stricken woman was rushed to the emergency room after a sudden onset of chest pain and high blood pressure. At first, it looked like she might be having a heart attack. However, a coronary angiography X-ray revealed that her coronary arteries were in good shape. The doctors then followed up with an echocardiography, which revealed the typical signs of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, better known as broken-heart syndrome.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy occurs when your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened. The word “Takotsubo” means “octopus trap” in Japanese, as the left ventricle of the heart changes into the shape of a bulging pot with a narrow neck, much like the pots traditionally used to capture octopus.

According to the American Heart Association, broken heart syndrome can be triggered by emotionally stressful events, such as the death of a loved one (yes, even pets). Last year, many speculated that the emotional toll of losing her daughter Carrie Fisher may have contributed to actress Debbie Reynolds' death. While we don't have all the facts in that situation, what we do know is that it's possible to experience a stress-induced heart event, even if you're otherwise healthy.
"I was close to inconsolable," Simpson told the Post about her Yorkie's death. "I really took it really, really hard."
While heart attacks and broken heart syndrome are very similar, the key difference between them is that those who suffer from a broken heart usually don't have the blocked arteries to show for it, according to the AHA.
These days, Simpson has recovered (and has a cat named Buster). She told the Post that she hasn't made the "right connection" with another dog yet, but is hopeful it will happen.
"It is heartbreaking," she told the Post of losing a beloved pet. "It is traumatic. It is all of the above. But you know what? They give so much love and companionship that I'll do it again."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Britains Smallest Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier Puppy

This is seven-week-old Tim.
He’s Britain’s smallest puppy, standing at the same size of a can of beans.

When he was born, he weighed just 2.5oz and wasn’t breathing – so owner Andrea McGowan had to try and revive him with a towel.
It’s now thought that Tim may be suffering from chondrodysplasia (canine dwarfism), but a proper diagnosis won’t be able to be made until he’s 18 months old.

He now weighs 9oz and while his siblings are all going to be rehomed when they’ve finished nursing with their mum Dolly, Tim going to be staying put.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Yorkie KILLS Snake!


 YES - An adorable family pet lost his life saving his owner from a vicious cobra.

The 10-year-old dog saved the cobra from potentially attacking owner Louise Grobler.

She was on the phone at the time in their South African home.

Spike sacrificed himself because he was bitten by the venomous snake.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blind Yorkie Puppy Saved

How could ANYONE consider putting  down  a puppy, just because  they  are  born blind????
Are you kidding me?!

You’ve never seen joy until you’ve seen this video of Bea, a blind puppy, scuttering around.
The five-week-old Yorkshire Terrier was rejected by her breeder when they discovered she was blind, and taken to the vets to be put down.

But a concerned nurse stepped in to save the day and we couldn’t be more pleased, with Bea now looking like she’s loving everything life has to offer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 

The adorable puppy was given treatment and now can see a small amount, meaning she’s full of life.
And if that doesn’t make you smile, nothing will.   WATCH    HERE


Saturday, March 18, 2017

When to Say Goodbye to your Pet

THIS IS  A  VERY LONG POST!   But  worth  sharing!

This circulated early  in  2016.  I just  came across it - and wanted  to share it.

So many people  are  unsure, when the time is right,  to put a loved  pet  down  to sleep.....

This dog owner shared a heartfelt tribute to his dog Benny after Benny passed away.

“I wrote a story to cope with my grief,
” said Austin, Texas musician and owner of Benny, John Pointer.

Benny, who was just shy of his 9th birthday, had his own Facebook page where posts and photos were shared from the point of view of the dog. In a touching send off, Benny shared his final moments with his owner, expressing the love John has for him and the care given to him in his final moments by the vet.

“I'm stunned by how many people have shared the story. I was just trying to imagine that the second shot wasn't an instant kill, but from his perspective was an instant cure. And I wanted to process it through the eyes of someone who was really loving and compassionate, but didn't really understand sadness,” said  Pointer.

Pointer writes on his Facebook page: “**Warning** Unless you are a robot, you will need a box of kleenex, a non-public place, and a friend to hug in order to survive this ordeal. If you can't find a friend, hug a stranger.”

“It was also exploring the perspective of someone who was so focused on loving others, that Benny wasn't really aware that his body was shutting down on him.”

Yesterday was weird...

Benny Pointer·Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yesterday was weird. I couldn't get myself out of bed. The guy I live with lifted me up. I tried to get my legs under me, but they wouldn't cooperate. He said, "Don't worry, I gotcha buddy," carried me downstairs, and out the front door. That was so nice of him. I needed to pee so badly, I just had to go right there where he put me down. Normally I wouldn't, but we both decided to make an exception to the rule.

I started walking down the parking lot toward that place where all the dogs like me go to poop. I felt my paws dragging on the ground. "How strange," I thought. Then suddenly, I just had to go, really badly. In the middle of the parking lot. Normally, I wouldn't do that. It's against the rules.
My person cleaned up the mess. He's good at that. I felt embarrassed, looked at him, and he said, "Want to keep walking, buddy?" I did, but it was surprisingly tough. By the time we reached the end of the parking lot, my head was spinning. I tried to climb the little hill, and nearly fell over. I couldn't figure out what was going on.

He reached down again, and ran his hands over me. That felt good. He picked me up, and carried me home. I was still confused, and my head was light, but I was glad not to have to walk all the way back. It suddenly seemed like an impossible distance.

I was so glad to lay down on my bed. My person petted me, saying, "I gotcha covered, buddy. I gotcha." I love the way that makes me feel. I know he does. He makes everything better.
He felt my paws, and pulled up my lip. He said, "Oh buddy, are you cold?" I was. My face was cold, my paws were cold. He texted a few people, and came back to pet me.

A few minutes later, another person arrived. He's one of my favorites, and his name is Jay. He petted me, and said to my person, "Do you want to get a blanket?" They put a blanket over me, and wow... that felt good. I relaxed, and they both petted me, but they both started to choke back tears.
I never want them to cry, it breaks my heart. It's my job to make them feel better, and I was just a little tired, and cold. I drifted in and out of sleep, and they were always there, making sure I was okay, and chatting with each other.

Throughout the day, my person made some phone calls, and spent a lot of time with me. I heard him say, "9 am tomorrow... ok... yes... I'll tell you if anything changes. Thank you Dr. MacDonald." He called someone else, and said, "I'm sorry, I have to cancel tonight." Then as I was drifting off to sleep, I think I heard him cry a little again.

In the evening, more of my favorite people came by. They were all so loving. I licked their tears away when they would get close enough to my face. They whispered sweet things in my ear, and told me I was a good boy.

Later in the evening,
I felt well enough to stand up and walk to the door to see who was coming in. It was more exhausting than I'd remembered it being, but I loved seeing them all. I heard my person say something like, "That's the first time he's gotten up under his own power today." Everyone seemed glad that I was out of bed. I was too, but wow... after the excitement wore off, it was so exhausting to move around.
After the last visitor left, my person took me outside to do what he called, "my business." We went back inside and when we reached the bottom of the stairs, they looked twice as steep and ten times as long as I remembered them being. I looked at my person, and he looked at me. He said, "Don't worry, I gotcha buddy," and carried me up.

Then it got even better! Instead of sleeping in my bed, he called me up to sleep on *his* bed. Let me repeat: *I got to sleep in the bed with my person!* We normally have our own beds, but last night we snuggled, and it felt so good to be that close to him. I thought, "This is where I belong. I will never leave his side." I didn't feel very well though, and it was hard to breathe sometimes.

It seems like it started a few months ago. We were playing fetch and I just blacked out. I don't know what happened, but I think I stopped breathing. I could hear my person calling my name. I couldn't move a muscle. He lifted my head, and looked into my eyes. I could see him right there, but couldn't lick his face. He said, "Benny, are you in there?" I couldn't respond. He looked at me, and said, "Don't worry buddy, I gotcha. I gotcha covered." I started to spin into darkness, but then my lungs took in a deep breath, and I could see again.

We went to see some doctors, and since then I've heard a lot of words like, "cardiomyopathy," "cancer," and, "kidney failure." All i know is that sometimes I feel okay, and sometimes... you know... I just don't. My person gives me pills.

This morning, I heard my person get up and take a shower. He came back in the room, and smelled so nice. He helped me get up, but this time, I could do it on my own. We got to the top of the stairs, and wow... they looked long and steep again. He said, "I gotcha buddy," and carried me down. I did my business, and we came back inside. He opened a can, a really, really delicious can of wet dog food. Oh man... I love that stuff!

Jay showed up again. What a nice surprise! He and my person seemed concerned, but everyone was petting me. It seemed a little like a play, where all the actors were sad, but pretending to be happy. Pretty soon after that, another person showed up. She was wearing doctor pants, and I leaned on her.
I heard them talk. Everyone looked at my gums, and felt my paws. I heard the doctor pants lady say, "It's your decision, but he's definitely in that window. I don't want to push you, but looking at his lack of color, I am honestly shocked he's even standing up. In addition to the paws and jowls, look here..." she pointed at my face, "This should be pink. It's almost white, and verging toward yellow."

My person and Jay went inside to talk about something. When they came back out, I heard my person say, "I agree. I don't want to wait till he's in absolute agony." So we went inside. Truth be told, I was feeling pretty badly, even though I was up and walking. It seemed like my whole head was cold, my paws were freezing, and my back legs weren't working right.

The doctor pants lady said, "I'll just put this into his muscle. It's a sedative. Then I'll come back over here, and you can just love on him till he's asleep." My person kissed my face, and looked in my eyes. He was trying not to cry. Doctor pants lady gave me a shot of something in the leg. I just looked at my person. He is so awesome. I will always be right by his side.

He and Jay petted me, and said the nicest things - what a good dog I am, what a good job I've done, how thankful they are to have me in their lives. After a while, my mind started buzzing. FOCUS! I looked back at my person. I love him so much.

I drifted again. FOCUS! I can see my person. I love him so much. I will always be right by his side. He knows that. Am I sleepy? FOCUS! I'll always look at him with my whole heart...

Doctor pants lady said, "He must have an incredible will to stay with you. He is really powering through. That's impressive." My person choked back tears and said, "I know. This guy lives for me. He is the most devoted soul I've ever met..." We put our heads together, and closed our eyes. I felt good. I can't really describe it. We looked at each other again. I just felt like riding that buzz, but maybe lying down was better. My person helped me down. Man, that felt gooooooood.

I felt him and Jay petting me, and heard them talking to me. They love me so much. How lucky am I? Then I felt thousands of hands petting me. Everyone I'd ever known and loved was there, petting me, scratching my ears, and that spot under my collar that makes my leg move. Everyone should try this. It's just amazing!

Then I felt the doctor pants lady touch my leg. Did I tell you that my person had to have both of my knees repaired? They're titanium, and have served me well, but you know... I've been feeling a little creaky lately.

With everyone petting me, the doctor pants lady put another needle in my leg, but this time, as the fluid went in, my legs were healed! My knees were perfect! And as I felt it move through my body, my cancer disappeared! And then my kidneys felt better! And finally, even my heart was whole, and healthy! I felt like I had sprung away from all of my sickness. Amazing!

I saw my person, and Jay, and the lady who lives at our house, Shelly. They seemed to be huddling over something. I walked over to look. It seemed like... I don't know. It kind of looked like me, but the way I looked when I was feeling really sick, or exhausted. The face was blurred out, so I couldn't really tell, but that poor guy looked like he had been suffering.

I could tell my person was both relieved and very, very sad. I love him so much. I looked at that me-shaped shell, and I looked at him... I think he was sad about that shell. I jumped around the room, like a clown, but it seemed like they wanted to be somber, and focus on whatever that thing was they were petting and kissing.

But my person was definitely sad. I leaned on him, like I've done a million times before, but it wasn't quite the same. It felt like his body was a cloud and I passed right through him. So I walked up next to him, sat like a good boy, and my heart whispered to his, "Don't worry, buddy. I gotcha covered."

I will never leave his side. He knows that.

To follow the story as it evolves, or to order a first-edition copy of the illustrated version, visit

If you are grieving and want to write a story like this, please visit the guided writing section at, co-developed with licensed traumatic grief counselor Jonathan Anderson, at Gate Healing in Austin, TX.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Tips for Dog Owners

PuppySpot is a service committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families. But, more than just a service, PuppySpot is a community of dog lovers whose mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes. Originally launched in 2005 as and, subsequently, operating as Purebred Breeders, the PuppySpot name and brand represent not only a change in leadership, but better reflect the company's values, mission and vision for the future. The PuppySpot brand, with puppies at the center, is rooted in the belief that dogs should be celebrated, and owners deserve to experience trust, confidence and transparency when searching for their new companions.  

With a screened and vetted network of responsible breeders, PuppySpot makes fetching your new best friend a simple and enjoyable experience. PuppySpot uses a personalized approach that caters to the needs of those in search of a new furry friend as well as the breeders who are looking for their puppies' forever homes. Each breeder within the PuppySpot community is held to the highest standards, with health and safety for all dogs (not just puppies) as top priorities. Following a comprehensive, proprietary screening process, less than 15 percent of breeders who begin the PuppySpot review process are invited to join the exclusive community — ensuring that both two- and four-legged friends receive a premium experience that is seamless and quality-driven.

Here is the page to shop for puppies.

And don't forget -  there are lots  of  Yorkies  that need to be  rescued!  &   Save  a  Yorkie!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Trixie

Trixie  turned   the big 9  this week!   - Doesn't look a day  over  5!

Welcome Symba, A Bengal Cat in Chicago

Trixie  seemed  a little down - I think she really missed  having Tigger around.
So after doing some research, we decided  we wanted to get a Bengal  cat - and  found  this  beauty here in Chicagoland.  Derrick  named  her  Symba. She was born  in  May and when we got her in August, she weighed about 3 pounds - and last week  she  weighed  5.5!   Growing like a weed!

Now the tables  are turned  on Trixie.  Now she is 9,  and trying to cope this ball of energy.  The cat wants to play  CONSTANTLY  and  Trixie  is not really feeling it  just yet.  But I am sure, in time,  they will be buddies.   We're launching a site for the cat soon,

Little Yorkie LUCY Warms Hearts

Is she precious, or what???

Meet Lucy, the world's smallest therapist.

The adorable Mini Yorkshire terrier stands at just 5.7in tall, is only 7.5in long and 2.9lbs in weight.

Together with owner Sally Montufar, a college teacher from Vineland, New Jersey, she visits the vulnerable, sick and disabled in the area.

 They claim a cuddle with her makes their problems temporarily
go away, and insist that she even knows when something is wrong. 

Sally said: 'Lucy is a wonderful therapy dog because she seems to have some kind of empathetic disposition. She is calm, she is sweet, she will cuddle and she'll sense when something is wrong.

Rest in Peace, Tigger

Hey Everyone!

Sorry we have not posted  in a while - it's been  a  hectic  summer.  And we had to put  down  our  19 year old cat, Tigger.  Tigger   was  about  9-10  when  little  Trixie  entered  the house!  And all Trixie  wanted to do, was jump and play  with the cat!  The cat was not amused.  But finally  gave in,  and  they were good  buddies  and enjoyed each others  company. We'll miss  him   :-(

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Yorkie Hosts Travel Videos for YORK

A Yorkshire Terrier named 'Yorkie' (of course!) has turned his hand to TV presenter - starring in his own promotional video for Visit York.

Visit York have shot three short films - hosted on You Tube - featuring Yorkie travelling across some of the very best areas the region has to offer.

This world-first travelogue series shows ‘Yorkie’ dressed in a specially fitted adventurer’s outfit, complete with Visit York and Yorkshire Rose pin badges.

see more  HERE!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dogs Yorkshire terrier jumps 30ft off cliff


Yorkshire terrier jumps 30ft off cliff chasing seagull - and survives 


A Yorkshire Terrier miraculously survived falling 30ft into the sea after jumping off a cliff while chasing a seagull.

The dog plunged into the water near Moryn in Anglesey (WALES)  on Sunday, the Daily Post reports .

Moelfre ’s RNLI team received a call around 11.30am on Sunday with reports that someone had jumped in to the sea after their dog.

They dispatched their large life boat with a rib attached to the back and set out looking for those in distress.

“The dog was absolutely fine, it’s a miracle after falling from such a height.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Difference Between Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals and Therapy Animals

What is the Difference Between 
Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals and Therapy Animals?

The main difference between emotional support animals, service animals and therapy animals have to do with training. With emotional support animals (ESA), the dogs are there to bring comfort as well as companionship. The animals do not have to get any specialized training and skills for this, except perhaps basic obedience and social skills, in the case of dogs or cats. It's enough that the animal is there and its owner draws comfort from its presence. 

Emotional support animals are commonly dogs, but there also individuals who take cats, horses, rabbits or turtles as their emotional support animals. To some degree, emotional support animals are still considered pets. But unlike pets, they serve another purpose as they are relied upon by those with mental health issues (ie. Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, etc.). 

Emotional Support Animals are extended some adjustments especially when dealing with housing or airline rules. The "no pets policy" does not apply in this case, but the person with an ESA has to have a letter signed and written by a licensed mental health professional.
On the other hand, service animals have been highly trained to master specific skills. These dogs have to perform tasks for their handlers who are unable to do a variety of things because of a physical or mental disability. 

For instance, someone who is blind will need the help of a service dog in walking in public, so the dog should be trained to guide and keep his handler safe. Someone who experiences seizures will need a service dog who is trained to notice the triggers, as well as alert people concerned in order to save the life of his handler. Because of their vital role, service dogs can accompany their handlers wherever they need to be, even in public facilities (ie. Restaurants, stores, work places, etc.). 

Therapy animals are similar to service animals in that they are required to be trained to perform certain tasks. The difference is that therapy dogs are also socially trained and well-adjusted around people. Hence, you see therapy dogs in various hospital facilities, rehab centers, schools and establishments or sites where the primary concern is psychological or emotional healing. Therapy animals are not entitled access to public places, airlines, or no pets housing situations.