"Dogs are a great therapy resource"

Opal helps me with my depression and anxiety. She helps me realize that life is too short to stress over and that it’s much better playing fetch with her or giving her tummy rubs. Caring for her has helped me so much and I owe it all to her.

Life before Opal
Before I had Opal, I was struggling with a lot of depression and anxiety that I didn’t know I had. I was put on medication and had been going to therapy, but it wasn’t enough. Something was missing from my life. Opal is my first pet dog. I never had one growing up, so when my husband and I got her, she changed my life for the better. My hope is to share my story with all people that suffer from depression or other illnesses –to spread the word that dogs are a great therapy resource.”

-Shealeen Montgomery, Puppy Mama and her goldendoodle Opal in Cedar City, Utah @opaldoodle