A little fun…

by Sue on May 9, 2012

Do not feel obligated to participate in this if you do not feel comfortable about doing so.

I am trying to keep this blog active but am running out of articles about Emotional Support Animals. So I decided today to make it a little more interactive…

What type of Emotional Support Animal do you have?

What made you decide on that particular type of animal?

How does the animal help you?

If you live in housing with a no pets policy, was it difficult to obtain permission to allow you to have your ESA?

Have you ever flown with your ESA?

What airlines did you use and were they accommodating to you?


Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam Becker 05.16.12 at 4:09 pm

I am so glad that I found your site. I get calls from all over the country with people wanting their dog to be a “therapy dog”. They are getting this term from their therapists (psychologists and psychiatrists). We even have the professionals referring them to us directly. One of the functions of the AHF is that we are an affiliate of Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society). So, it’s very clear to me that the professionals don’t know the distinction between a therapy dog vs. a service/emotional support dog. We’ll keep trying to educate those who call one-by-one, but I wish the correct information could get to the professionals on a broader basis. Again, I’m so glad that I found your site!

2 Karen 06.07.12 at 7:31 am

I have an ESA dog that I have flown with all over the last 5 or 6 years. We are now being told that flights to and from Mexico will no longer allow ESA dogs or pets in the cabin, ” due to Mexican law”. We have not seen or heard of this law, but any help will be appreciated as will definitely affect my ability to go back and to our home in Mexico.

3 sussie 06.13.12 at 7:53 pm

That is wrong. We sell tags to people that fly into Mexico all the time.

4 Vicki 07.03.12 at 10:59 am

Hi, On friday I was diagnosed with cancer. Am I allowed an emotional support dog? I have depression and the cancer is terminal. Please also let me know which breed might be best for me. I am 51 and live in a mobilehome. I love Goldens, but they are larger dogs. Thank you.

5 Sonia 08.20.12 at 12:55 pm

I am disabled and have had a pekinese as my emotional support dog for 7 years. He is my best support system, the love the dog brings me is unconditional. He walks on a leash that is hooked to my wheelchair and we walk at least 2 miles per day unless it rains. I am looking for a harness that will be easy for me to get on him. Do you know of any?
Thank you!!

6 Teri 04.20.13 at 4:08 pm

I am wondering if Cats can be approved as Emotional Support Animals. The Manager at the Mobile Home Park that I lived in and have plans to return had allowed me to move in with my 3 declawed in house cats. After my dog died I decieded to replace her with a cat because they are alot easier to take care of. It took 3 cats to replace the lonilness of losing my dog of 17 years. Before I entered the cat world I had become very depressed due to the loss of my best buddy, Slippers. Before Slippers died of cancer I had moved from NY where my family lives, to GA for a few years then FL where I live now. I miss my children, who are grown and on their own. As I said after my dog died I grew very depressed and found I had to see a doctor for my depression. I missed my dog and greatly missed my children and immediate family. I couldn’t move back to NY because it was too expensive to live there on my own, forgot to mention the reason I had moved was due to a divorce. I have found that my 3 cats give me meaning. They seem to know when I am lonely because they snuggle close when I need them most. I miss caring for my children and miss them needing me. My cats need me and that makes me feel important. Believe me without them in my life at the age of 65 I would fall right back into a state of depression. I had 2 strokes in 2004 and need to stay calm and stress free. So I was just wondering can my cats serve the same purpose as a dog. In my heart they do ! The mobile home park is trying to enforce the ‘no pet’ rule and has begun to evict people with animals. A couple have a letter from their doctor staying their animals are for there emotional state of mind but they are being evicted anyway. How can this be stopped. I will have no where to live if this rule becomes strongly enforced.

7 sussie 04.25.13 at 10:04 am

Yes. Cat, or ANY animal for that matter, can be a emotional support animal.

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