I arrived home this afternoon from work and a function feeling drained and tired. A little headachy, nauseous and ready to pamper myself. But before I could do that I needed to muck out some stables, fill up the dog and cats water bowl, pick some lettuce for the pig and give the horses some hay. Before I knew it, I was embroiled in another feeling altogether. It is the first real spring summer day we have had in a while, and being outside surrounded by affectionate horses, bounding loving dogs and a pig looking for a kiss on the snout, I began to feel alive. I suddenly noticed birds chirping louder than I have in a long time (when I was feeling low and miserable I had not heard them). To top it all, the first yellow billed kite of the season swooped over our home. Now I sit typing out my joy, with a kitten purring at my feet and a daschund curled up next to me. And we wonder why animals are therapeutic. Attitude shift.