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Puppy which helped owner battling depression to feature in charity calendar

A puppy which helped a woman get over debilitating depression and anxiety will be featured in a new ‘wellbeing pets calendar’.

Emily Caton, of Cippenham Green, got seven-month-old Einstein in June who she says helped her ‘get her life on track’.

The 29-year-old says she was bullied at school which she thinks led to depression in her teens and adulthood.

Her situation became worse in 2012 after a new job in London meant she could not travel home to Cippenham and she became more isolated.

It was then she said the depression became ‘overwhelming’ and moved back home to improve her situation.

She said: “I think the shock of it all took its toll. Panic would hit me if I had to go out. The anxiety just became stronger and stronger and soon even going out to the dustbin was a challenge.

“I was definitely at my lowest point. I had a very dark few months after that, I had thoughts of suicide often, but something would always stop me.”

Emily then started working from home in an admin role for a craft company in 2014, a job she still has.

She said the job gave her the confidence to go out and meet people which is when she said she thought seriously about getting her precious pooch which she now walks outside regularly.

Emily said about her dog: “He took a scared, isolated person outside into the world. I’m not isolated anymore, I speak to people every day, which is a huge accomplishment.”

Einstein will be featured in a 2017 calendar made by Rethink Mental Illness with stories of how pets have helped the mental well being of their owners.

Nigel Campbell from Rethink Mental Illness said: “It’s great to see such inspiring stories from our supporters that show what a difference a pet can make when it comes to your mental health.”

Visit rethink.org/shop for more information.

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