(166) Psychedelic High without Drugs: Dog Art

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Golly, Miss Molly

A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

(Supporting the Veteran and the Family Caregiver)


Hallucinating PTSD Medications

Medication for the treatment of PTSD changes frequently with advances in understanding of how the brain works. When PTSD first received an official diagnoses with the revision of the DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), drugs that induced hallucinations topped the list of recommended treatments. Although the television comedy show, Laugh In, described a ‘high’ with swirling bursts of color, the hallucinations induced by PTSD treatment never offered such a lovely kaleidoscope of color. Instead, the hallucinations plopped the Veteran back into battle with warped additions such as crawling bugs, hungry giant ants, and distorted facial features with accompanying pain.

Today, psychiatrists possess a medicine cabinet of improved drugs that don’t send the Veteran back in time to the horrors of war nor make it difficult to distinguish between the present and a disfigured dream world. In fact, new psychiatric medications offer few side effects while short circuiting a rage cycle before even speaking a word or committing an act of aggression. Awesome, indeed.

Miss Molly’s Awesome New Friends

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used with permission of www.pleasedrawmydog.com

Last week, Miss Molly and I met new friends in Latvia through a Twitter connection. Please Draw My Dog jumped off my computer screen into my crayon box with promises of a psychedelic high that uplifts and pampers the heart. The Molly Blog Team squealed with joy when we discovered the fanciful artwork the creative Please-Draw-My-Dog Team splashed across its website.

Together, Armands, Zile, and their dog, Olivia, offer drawings of many dog breeds that can be purchased as coloring book pages, prints, stationary, duvet covers, shower curtains, phone cases, throw pillows, and more! This great gift idea ranges in price from $13 for greeting cards to $110 for a duvet cover. How’s that for enterprising? Please Draw My Dog will even draw your dog on commission in the same format for you to color or already filled with colors so bright you will find yourself squinting. Commissioned drawings range in price from $45 for a letter-sized customized coloring page to $260 for an 11.69 x 16.53 inch vibrant color picture of your canine. If you enjoy the adult coloring experience, the website offers free coloring pages of a featured pup each month.

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used with permission of www.pleasedrawmydog.com

Miss Molly is especially fond of the on-line collection of drawings of the standard dog breeds. While there are just a few breeds already drawn, Armands and Zile just added the Saint Bernard to the collection in honor of Miss Molly, which they gave permission for us to post in Molly’s Blog! In between their commissioned work, they are making progress on adding 143 more standard dog breeds to their collection, which you can access free of charge.

Why so Much Hype?

Our disabled Veterans don’t often receive good news and this is exceedingly positive even if you don’t want to buy. What a great way to brighten the day of a Veteran by coloring a picture of his or her service dog or special canine pet. With all that said, can you imagine how awesome it would be to wake up every morning to a psychedelic picture of Miss Molly or your favorite dog breed on your duvet or pillow?

High Paw

The Miss Molly Team raises a high paw to Armands, Zile, and Olivia of the Please Draw My Dog Team for their artwork that honors our canine companions in the most delightful way. (Miss Molly always wanted to see her name in lights but seeing her mug in color is even better.)

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Photo credits: www.pleasedrawmydog.com for the dog art; other pictures pculbrethgraft

About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.