I wanted to share a work story that made me cry yesterday.
I work in acute psychiatry admission ward in Aus. Yesterday, i admitted a 21 yr old young lad, with his first ever episode of a psychotic illness his father had. He was very unwell, believed that vampires surrounded us, and all that stands between him and the vampires is his dog. The police were going to tazer him and dog. And dog was growling at police each time they approached its owner when i arrived. I was told it was a pitbull by police. It was a pure SBT what i saw!
Thank goodness for all the tips/tricks ive read on here, re calming signals. This friendly SBT, just wanted to be shown that i was ok, no threat to her beloved owner. She stopped growling at me, and began to lean out to sniff better. Clearly here was a lady coverd in doggy smells, and her bag smells of various decomposing dog biscuits too. She was happy to eat some biscuits i found in bottom of my bag. And she gave me kisses. I took photos of the SBT on my phone. And promised to ensure she was taken care of as he would wish whilst he came to hospital with me.
The police took him to hospital, i dropped the dog off at kennels and met the lad back at hospital. As the dog had eaten from my hand, the lad knew i was no vampire, as his dog could tell apparently. I printed off his photo of his dog, and gave him this for his room. We rang the kennel 2hrs post his admission, and was told dog has eaten, and settled on his bed for evening. At hearing this, the lad cried. He told me for 3 weeks, they have had to live off tinned tomatoes and some stale bread. As neither could leave the home because of vampires. The lad was emaciated, but the dog was fine. He'd eaten hardly anything himself, to give the food to the dog who needed it as it was only 2 and still growing he told me.
Regardless of his fear for his own life, his fear for his SBT girl, was greater. I left my shift in tears. So amazed at the bond between these two.
Dogs are the best medicine. And there were 6 police men, each with tazers, approaching her owner, and yep, i reckon she would of given it her best shot to protect him too.
They'll be reunited in about a week or two when he is recovered. lovely. He gets the treatment he needs. Dog will be vet checked and vaccinated and desex token provided. Australia has a wonderful welfare state at times.