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Post Emotional Support Animals
Created by John Eipper on 02/23/19 9:12 AM

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Emotional Support Animals (Paul Pitlick, USA, 02/23/19 9:12 am)

John E brought up emotional-support animals. Here is a discussion about ESAs which I remember from a few years ago. At first I thought it was serious, but I'm thinking now that it's mostly tongue-in-cheek.


JE comments:  Yes, I'm pretty sure the author is pulling our leg about a Bar Mitzvah for her Emotional Support turtle.  But ESA culture is becoming a big part of American life.  Is anything similar happening in other countries?

Goska, WAIS Forum's former Assistant Editor, is now an officially registered ESA.  My cat sitter became so enamored of "The G" that she asked to adopt her.  How could I refuse such a request?  Kitty now has a new identity (Maggie), a new home, and a flourishing career.

(It's been way too long since we've done cat photos on WAIS.)

Goska/Maggie: Emotional Support Cat par excellence

WAISdom`s new Assistant Editor: Gustav/Gutek: not an ESA (but same couch)

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  • Meet Bernie, Canine Groom (Phyllis Gardner, USA 02/24/19 3:51 AM)
    Don't forget the woman who recently married her ESA dog. She has a terminal illness, so she wanted a wedding with all the trimmings!  Here's the NYT report:


    JE comments:  This is a touching and oh-so American story.  The bride, Lilly Smartelli of Phoenix, planned the wedding to call attention to organ donation and animal welfare.  (Lilly graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, my former employer.)

    ESAs are resonating with WAISers.  See Enrique Torner, next.

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  • Meet Cody, Would-Be ESA (Enrique Torner, USA 02/24/19 4:13 AM)
    Cody, our sweet toy poodle, is almost blind in one eye, but has been a great emotional support to my wife and me for over 15 years!

    All he wants is to give and receive love.  He's always wanting to be held, and everybody loves to oblige! When I told him about the opportunity of being an Emotional Support Animal, he jumped, but not at the opportunity to do that: he just wants us!

    So, sorry, guys!

    JE comments:  Awww.  (Does any language other than English have a single word to convey cuteness and an overall sense of emotional warmth?  Awww does the trick.)

    Here's Cody, below.  Animals have been providing emotional support for millennia, but only now have we bureaucratized the role with documents and corresponding vests.  (Jeff Bezos will sell you one for $29.95:  https://www.amazon.com/EMOTIONAL-Matching-Emotional-Industrial-Puppy/dp/B01CPOVEJY )

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