According to an article on RecoveryRanch.com, “Animal-assisting therapy can help even the most broken and jaded person rediscover his or her deepest inner sources of compassion, which is an essential step for any addict who hopes to finally ascend from the pit of despair and shame that dominated his or her existence for so long. Before those with a history of substance abuse can hope to find lasting sobriety, they must first rebuild their self-esteem to the point where they actually feel strong enough to accomplish difficult things and worthy enough to deserve the happiness and peace that was denied them during their years of battling against alcoholism or drug addiction.”
Just as we need redemption, so do animals. The animals are all part of God’s creation. He cares for them as He cares for us. Caring for them can help us to care for ourselves. Abused animals being treated by human recovering self-abusers. It is the circle of life. God’s hand is evident in all of the kindness and love that flows back and forth between the addicts and the animals as they both grow in trust. Blessings to everyone recovering from an addiction, and blessings to animals everywhere.
Healthy Living Recipe
In honor of animals, I am including today a healthy recipe for dog biscuits! My dog absolutely loves them. Super easy to make, and cheaper than store bought treats.
Heat oven to 350° F
Whisk together 2 eggs and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Stir in 2 Tbsp. dried milk, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, and 1 tsp. dried parsley
Add gradually 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
Stir until stiff dough forms. Knead slightly and roll out 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutter (there are bone shaped cookie cutters, I use a shot glass which makes the perfect size for my dog)
Put on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes, turn over and bake another 20 minutes. Let cool completely.