I came into my room from our process group (in Enloe Behavioral Health). Monroe (a soft cloth monkey) was sitting on the bed. I asked him how it was going? He seemed to be happy to see me. I moved him to a different position. I felt comfort in doing that and knowing he was there. Monroe doesnt judge me or talk back to me. He loves me. But I love my unanimated monkey as well. I can control Monroe. But Im not, nor am I ever, cruel to him or my other things I talk to. He never talks back. He is a very good listener and he never judges me, or criticizes anything I may say or do. He can keep a secret. If Im in a bad mood, he lets me be. I can hold him tight and squeeze him knowing he understands. I do the same with my dogs. I cant yell at them without feeling bad. If, I do, I get them a cookie.