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The Linda Dano Interview - Canine
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An Interview with Linda Dano - Canine Companions
Itís an organization to educate people
about service dogs. The dogs are trained
to address all sorts of situations, like
going into a restaurant. Itís a dog that
needs to be with that person at all
times in order for that person to
function. Depression can be almost as
crippling as blindness, and no one
thinks about a dog that is for the
blind. People with depression need to
have that same comfort, that animal,
that companion with them all the time.
GB: I think thatís just
a wonderful organization.
LD: I do too. I think
that itís just fabulous. Whether you
look at ads or watch TV, there are
always commercials with animals; we are
connected to that world, and maybe weíre
even more connected than we even know.
Thatís why you need to look at them with
a different eye; the family dog becomes
part of your support team.
GB: What are you
hearing from the people that you run
into as you go around talking about
LD: I think the major
thing that people donít do is they donít
talk and they isolate themselves. I
think that if we bring anything that is
thought provoking, itís that. Itís talk.
Itís to speak to someone. Reach out.
Find someone to make a support partner
of, someone who would be there for you,
listen to you. You know, I was watching
the ďHorse WhispererĒ the other day and
I hadnít seen it for a very long time.
Thereís a line that Robert Redford says
to a young Scarlett Johansson: ďKnowing
something is the easy part. The hard
part is saying it out loud.Ē
GB: Thatís an amazing
LD: Exactly, and thatís
what Support Partners is really all
about. Thatís all it is; itís a simple
fact that if you reach out and you say
it: ďI think something may be going on.
I think I may be suffering from
depression,Ē youíd be shocked at what
the other person might say. Itís always
possible that the person youíre saying
it to has been waiting so long to have
you say that to them. They didnít know
how to reach out to you; they didnít
know what to say and they didnít want
you to clam up. So theyíve been waiting
for this moment, and they are thrilled
that you would say that to them.
GB: What would be the
one piece of advice you would give
caregivers regarding depression care
LD: They must ask for
help. They canít do it all by
themselves. Because what happens is the
amount of time and energy it takes to
care of a loved one 24/7 will absolutely
take a caregiver down. They need to have
that five minutes or half-an-hour to
walk around the block. They need someone
to come in and give them a break. It
will relieve all sorts of things like
the anger that might flood through them
at any given moment, and then the guilt
they feel about the anger. You
need to breathe; you need to get into a
hot tub; you need a moment of your own.