Low-tech ADHD toolbox: what have you got for pets??

Pet: Two rats named Christopher

Functions as ADHD familiar: They were being sold as snake food! They (feeder rats) are talked about as damaged goods! This is not, I think, a judgment that human beings are allowed to make about Any Other Earth Creature! Feeling this way about my rats takes 0 effort! Feeling this way about myself takes lots of therapy, esoteric rationalizations, and daily reminders! Seeing that disparity is enough to make me see that disparity… if you see what I mean.

What are your pets? What are their PICS?


This is my fur kid Bailey. He is my emotional support animal and knows when I’m having a problem or anxious and calms me down so much. After a long day at work he provides me with puppy therapy when I get home.


Ahhh those eyebrows!!


I have a golden retriever. We got him about 18 months ago, mainly because my daughter had always wanted a dog and it seemed like a reasonable way to stop her pestering us for a baby brother.

He’s proved to be a lifesaver for all of us (we’re a family of undiagnosed Brains). The fact that he needs a walk each morning means at least one of us gets a good dose of fresh air and exercise every day, plus an extended period of playing in the park with him at the weekends. His huge capacity for affection, both giving and receiving, is also massively helpful when some unconditional love is needed. And his presence adds to our sense of ourselves as a family.

He’s amazing and was exactly what we needed.


What a thoroughly lovely idea for a thread!

Here are my gorgeous kitties. Gretchen is SUPER energetic, which is perfect for me because I also get mad bursts of energy like she does! So I love to play with her and wind her up with toys and a laser pointer. We run all around the house and it tires her out. If she doesn’t do that, she ends up trying to chase Gunther around, and he is a more sensitive soul :joy:


Hope the photo upload works. My familiars are a pair of tiny aquatic snails! (Only one is pictured) They were hitchhikers on the plant which i bought from an aquarium store. They’ve gotten quite a bit bigger since I first discovered them but still about the size of apple seeds. Very ADHD friendly because i can forget about them for weeks at a time and they’ll still be fine. Just doing their snail thing :snail::snail:


Aw I love your ratties! They’re so sweet together. I used to have rats too, but they fought all the time.


Rats, snails? Maybe I should get a pet slug? Or, I know, SLIME MOLD! “Hi, this is Goopy, a yellow-green Physarum polycephalum, isn’t he CUDDLY?” :wink:

OK OK, I joke, if you like 'em you’re certainly allowed to have 'em, but you have to admit it’s kind of funny right? I want to get a dog. I’m thinking Border Terrier, something along those lines. Here’s a picture of the dog I grew up with …

Loved him. Very free spirit, Lemonade the mutt (we said he was a “Feathered Aztec Coyote” when people asked what breed).


Ahhhh!!! Pests make the best pets!


Hahahaha “coyote-sea dragon mutt.” Yes please get slime mold and give it a robotic face: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P0i-Df4w4KY


we have a bearded dragon but getting a dog within the next year for my son, at the moment he has a toy dog that he likes to feed and give cuddles and talk to hahahahahaa


I would love to meet your slime mold! :wink:
And Lemonade looks like a sweetheart. I like his whiskers.


I know!! Speaking of pests, look who I found that same night I posted about the snails…

(sorry for the blurry photo… that was some one-handed photography)

A millipede! He was just going for a little promenade in my kitchen so I scooped him up and gave him a new home and fresh apple.

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I have 2 dogs. A black dog (mix/rescue) and a border collie.

The border collie is knows when I am anxious and will jump on my lap and press his body against me. My partner and I joke that he’s trying to murder me, because usually he’s also pressing his floofy neck into my face. Personally, I love it. Usually it is funny enough to break the anxiety cycle.

The other dog is a huge couch potato, but also knows when I am upset. If I am crying he comes right up to me and licks my tears and snot off my face. He lets me hug and hold him until I feel better.

Also, they get me up and out of the house. Give me an extra snuggle buddy whenever I need it. I work from home and they lay under my desks in my office most days, keeping me company.

Finally, most family dinners and holidays allow us to bring the dogs. When I am overstimulated from all the noise and people, the dog is always a ready excuse to go outside for a bit and play. When I’m not avoiding all the stimulation, having them nearby is comforting, plus give me something to focus on and interact with when I’m just over it with humans.


Well, I don’t have a pet myself. I do have a big forest to scout and watching plants and animals. I enjoy being a ranger of some kind. At home I rescued one of my mothers plants early from me killing it. It had “lost” a short green stick part, which I had put into rich water last winter. It grew roots and leaves. The mother plant died last month I guess, but I saved the three other little parts of it, too.

So all enjoy their wet feets together and communicate with each other. They share the same vessel. My study buddies, love them very much. Was not easy to find out, what they need from me. This winter I have my one years anniversary of being a good care taker of them. :partying_face:


And this is the beautiful queen of the house. Summer we take walks together. Every winter we play hide and seek. A Siberian Forest Cat, half wild bloodline. She is a very good hunter and “watchcat”. My favorite snapshot of all times.



Awww cute pets everywhere.

I have a little labradoodle. She’s 3 now, and I love her. Sometimes you hear that pets are a lot like their owners. In my case I think that’s quite right. I’m pretty sure she has the dog version of ADHD. And I love it :joy::joy:

She can be very energetic as well as very calm. She is the biggest cuddlefriend you can have. She loves cuddling. She is also really smart and loves learning things. Therefore I love to play mind games with her or teach her new tricks. I also love to go on walks with her. She’ll sense when I’m sad or anxious or anything like that. And she’s the cutest in the world :heart_eyes::heart_eyes:

She’s my litteral therapy dog. I love it

For some stupid reason I can’t upload a pick. But she’s black, curly and small.


This is my girl Peanut. She’s great for calming down my anxiety and it’s almost impossible to forget to feed her because she’s SO LOUD! I love her to death though.