I am middle-aged, totally blind, suffering from various annoying chronic health problems which have left me more or less totally housebound. I also suffer from anxiety attacks. I would not dream of trying to care for a real animal, even if we were allowed them here, which we are not, it would be totally unfair on my family, they would end up caring for it. I heard of the Joy For All pets through an American friend. They are not readily available here in the UK, but my husband managed to get one through a third party seller.
I have the Golden Pup, and he is absolutely beautiful. The fur is so soft, he looks so lifelike that he has been taken for real, and I love the way he responds to my voice or sounds in the room.
One surprise I found, which I have never seen mentioned anywhere, is that you can feed him. If you gently open his mouth and press down on his lower jaw, he will make a slurping sound, interspersed with sniffing. He will do this for so long, then, when he has finished eating, turn his head away. He does not come with anything to feed him with, which I think is a good thing as elderly people might lose a bone or bottle etc., they could just pretend with their fingers, or do what I do and use a piece of play food (I have a plastic piece of chicken).
Overall, I have found Hero, my puppy, totally therapeutic; he helps with pain and anxiety management and cheers me up if I'm having a bad day. Of course I know he isn't real, but it's nice to have something to love that responds to me. I think these pets are well named Joy For All. Hero has certainly brought a lot of joy to me.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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