Pawsitive Tales

Sharing heartwarming tales of animals and their humans.

Abrea and Flirty — May 23, 2022

Abrea and Flirty

~ Abrea and Flirty ~

A few years ago, Abrea met her best friend and service horse, Flirty. Since then, Flirty has had a huge impact on her human and allows her to have more confidence and independence in her daily life. 

Back in 2017, Abrea was looking for a service animal. At the time, she had allergies to dogs and so, a service horse was recommended. Abrea visited a breeder of American Miniature horses where she met several of them. However, as soon as she met LA Blues A Little Flirtatious, or Flirty, she instantly felt a connection. 

Before Flirty, Abrea hardly went out for things like groceries and rarely was able to go out with friends. Now, thanks to Flirty’s support, Abrea goes out to the shops, meets with friends and has the freedom to go where she wants. This has been life-changing for Abrea and has given her more independence than she had ever thought possible. 

Abrea struggles with her mental health, so Flirty has been trained as a psychiatric service horse. This means she alerts Abrea and responds to any cue she may give, such as panic attacks, dissociation, and anxiety. Part of how Flirty helps is simply being there. Knowing that she is there if needed is reassuring and provides Abrea with a sense of security. If she experiences any symptoms, Flirty is right there to keep her grounded and help guide her.

In 2021, Abrea took Flirty to Comic-Con, something that she had been looking forward to for a long time. While they were browsing the vendors, Abrea had a severe panic attack, became very disoriented and started to dissociate. Amidst this, Flirty helped Abrea stay on her feet and guided her to a quiet area. There, she calmed Abrea down and reminded her to take her medications. Thankfully, Abrea was able to recover quickly, thanks to Flirty, and was able to go back to enjoying Comic-Con.

One of their favourite things to do together is going to the zoo. Abrea has always enjoyed going to the zoo, so being able to share this with Flirty is very special to her. It brings her joy to see Flirty interact with all the animals, and even more so seeing the other animals’ reactions to her! The primates are always especially interested in seeing Flirty when she visits. 

Having Flirty has changed Abrea’s life. The love and joy they share with each other is so special. Flirty is Abrea’s family, best friend and companion, and Abrea is Flirty’s. Through thick and thin, they always know they have one another. 

Annie and Crystal — September 6, 2021

Annie and Crystal

~ Annie and Crystal ~

A few years ago, Annie met Crystal. When Crystal turned five, she was taken into Annie’s care. Since then, they have become the best of friends. 

When Crystal was just over one year old, she and Annie met. A family friend had her as their horse but was unable to keep her as she grew older. At age five, Annie adopted her. 

Initially, it was a challenge for Annie to adjust to having Crystal around. A few years prior to having Crystal in her life, Annie experienced a traumatic experience. She was very afraid of horses as a result of this event and was scared to be near Crystal. 

Two weeks after adopting her, Annie decided to try riding Crystal. She was participating in a trail competition, however, the horse she was on began acting up, and so Annie panicked. Because of this, she got off the horse and decided to ride Crystal. While younger than the other horses, Crystal remained calm despite the other horses misbehaving around her. As a result, Annie began to trust Crystal and enjoyed her company. 

Having Crystal has allowed Annie to heal and recover from her traumatic experience. Since then, similar incidents have happened, and thanks to Crystal, Annie has been able to get through it. She has been able to feel comfortable around horses again and loves their company. 

Now, Annie loves going for trail rides with Crystal. Together, they enjoy exploring new places and going on adventures. They have each other and Annie knows that Crystal is right there to support her. 

It is evident how much Annie and Crystal help each other. Annie can now enjoy riding horses and feel safe around them. Her life has improved because of the relationship she has with Crystal. The love and care they have for one another is truly special.