I endure from medical main depressive dysfunction in addition to medical anxiousness (extreme social anxiousness, together with anxiousness assaults), and Ellie & Atlas have actually saved me in so some ways. Their want and need to be exterior, discover, work, and play has compelled me to be that type of particular person, they usually’ve helped me uncover that it’s precisely what I must decompress and get myself again collectively each time I crumble.
So many mornings I get up exhausted, even after an excellent evening’s relaxation, my physique aching, my head clouded. Ellie & Atlas are my goal to rise up each morning, they’re what actually maintain me going every & day-after-day regardless of how a lot my physique begs me to remain in mattress.
However let me begin from the start, once I met Ellie.
I endure from medical main depressive dysfunction and medical anxiousness and Ellie & Atlas, my two huskies, have saved me in so some ways
So many mornings I get up exhausted, even after an excellent evening’s relaxation, my physique aching, my head clouded
Ellie & Atlas are my goal to rise up each morning. However let me begin from the start, once I met Ellie…
I bought Ellie when she was 13 weeks previous. Her earlier proprietor had private circumstances stopping them from with the ability to look after her
Again then, once I bought Ellie, I used to be severely chubby, and nonetheless struggled by darkish ideas virtually each day
I knew immediately that she was speculated to be in my life, she was meant to vary my life
She was a terror… damaging, impartial, and so extremely cussed. After days, weeks, months, and YEARS of lessons & coaching, Ellie has changed into essentially the most AMAZING canine & greatest good friend I may ever ask for.
I began strolling extra, consuming higher, and realizing how a lot the outside actually calmed me. With Ellie’s assist, I used to be in a position to lose 60 lbs and begin attaining desires I by no means thought potential
In bringing Atlas residence, I noticed simply how totally different he was from Ellie. He was laid-back, and a lot extra taken with what I used to be doing
His persona taught me the way to belief, and the way to settle for anybody and everybody for who they’re
Our true adventures began after Atlas got here into my life, once I lastly had the boldness to push ahead in the direction of my desires
We climbed our first excessive peaks a few years in the past, and are so antsy to proceed on by to our objective of climbing all 46 Adirondack Excessive Peaks in NY
As well as, we’ve began bikejoring and mushing collectively, in addition to doing canicross
If they will’t run within the race, they’re ALWAYS on the sidelines cheering me on & giving me extra motivation to succeed in the end line to get hugs & kisses from them
We started canicross about 5 years in the past, and Ellie & Atlas helped me practice for the 4 half marathons I ran final yr, in addition to the quite a few different races I’ve accomplished
Our lives have turn into stuffed with tenting, climbing, excessive peak climbing, adventuring, mushing, and exploring…
… and I couldn’t think about it another manner
They’ve pulled me out of so many darkish locations all through these final 7 years
They’ve been my shoulder to cry on numerous instances. Even when I’m simply having a foul day, Ellie is correct there licking the tears off my face, and Atlas is laying by my aspect
They’ve been those pushing me ahead to succeed in targets
They’ve been those encouraging me to search out the assistance I want & BEING the assistance I want
I consistently surprise the place I’d be if I didn’t have them with me…
…or actually if I’d even nonetheless be right here
In honor of them I not too long ago bought my first tattoo: mountains & bushes on my proper shoulder
It’s a each day reminder to myself that I’m able to something I set my thoughts to, and it jogs my memory of all of the grand adventures I’ve been on with Ellie & Atlas
I actually fear in regards to the day they aren’t with me anymore…
I chronicle our adventures on Instagram & Fb by my pictures, and use our platforms as a solution to encourage an lively, wholesome way of life together with your pup, and to assist those that additionally endure from melancholy & anxiousness, letting them know that it’s 100% alright to admit to needing assist and discovering the assist you to want. In lastly reaching out for assist myself, I understand how troublesome it may be to even simply admit you may’t do that alone. For me, it’s taken two pups, a life-style change, and reaching out for added assist to vary my life for the higher & obtain our desires as a group.