Toastman is here to ask for some well garnered advice from the community in regards to a therapy animal. The psychologist I'm seeing has recommended
to me that animal therapy is a good way for people with Asperger's and other ASDs to establish connections and maybe boost my self-esteem/confidence.
And this Toast loves them some critters.
I've made a deal with my grandma that if I can get a job, she will help me pay for a therapy animal and essential supplies, but I would like some
suggestions on what animal to get.
-Dogs are out of the question. My family already has a dog, but he belongs to my stepdad and is getting on in years. Since my real dog, Rudy, died,
I've tried to connect with him, but Gunner is very skittish due to my younger siblings hanging off him and him being conditioned as a hunting/working
-No cats either. My mom cannot stand cats, even though we had several when I was young, and threatens to kill anyone she sees. To combat my kitty
needs, I've placated myself with stuffed toy cats and those of my family.
-No reptiles, as my room gets very cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
-No fish: I have had fish, bettas to be exact. I still lament the loss of poor Salvador. Also: Grill tongs are not good for grabbing a fish that had
flopped down a disposal drain.
-No small rodents: We already have a mouse problem in the house, and my mom is not to keen on rabbits since the experience with taking care of a class
The animals I have been looking at are either a smallish, yet fairly quiet bird such as diamond doves:
or a cockatiel:
But then my stepmom suggested to me either a sugar glider:
or a chinchilla:
As I said, any suggestion is helpful.