I wanted to post this in the resources forum but there i dont think it will reach as much of the community so ive posted it here (mods feel free to move it) I'm sure it will have been coverd before but its something that i feel needs more exposure. Pets seem to have a very therapeutic effect on people i guess it is having to care for something and having responcibility and a purpose. My family own 2 dogs and when i can i try to walk them in the same places that my family do as i live within an urban area there is a community of dog walkers and they dont often recognise me but the dogs and will come and talk to me i dont have anything in common with them but the human interaction ii even only talking about the weather is always welcome. it kind of restores a persons faith in humanity that people are friendly despite not even knowing you. If you dont own a dog chances are a neighbour or friend does and you can always volunteer to walk them even under the premise that you want to have a healthier life style and having a dog to keep you company on the walk will keep you motivated. I guess what im getting at is animals can be a good relief from depression does anyone else have any stories of how pets have helped?