When humans deal with difficult emotional struggles, having pets can help us cope. Emotional support animals have become more and more common over the years as people have discovered how cats, dogs, horses, and other pets can ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from animal companions, though. Arnold, a two-year-old Weimaraner in Perth, Australia, has long suffered from anxiety. Though his worries were originally separation-based, his trauma grew after he was attacked by a larger dog when he was a puppy. His human, Carolyn Manalis, knew that she had to do something to help her beloved dog live a happier life, and so she brought a new friend home for him.
Frank, a miniature Dachsund, has turned into an emotional support animal for Arnold, and the two dogs have become great pals. Since Frank is so little, he’s helped Arnold realize that playing with another dog doesn’t have to be scary! The two pups can safely spend time together, and Arnold’s confidence has benefitted tremendously from the presence of his long little friend.
Check out some photos of these two adorable pals hanging out together: