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Service Dogs and Autistic Children – Pet Tip 253

Dogs help humans in so many ways. They help with companionship, with tasks that they carry out for us and sometimes they help make every day living much easier. Perhaps the best demonstration of this fact is when dogs help people with disabilities. Many of us have seen dogs helping blind people and many have heard of dogs that feel when a seizure in an epileptic person is about to occur and then protect them from injury. Dogs can also help aid autistic children and parents of autistic children in many ways as well. Recent studies suggest that the prevalence of autistic children in Canada may be 1 in 165 children or higher. Therefore, many people may well personally know of an autistic child in their extended family, or know of friends or acquaintances that have an autistic child. So how can dogs help these autistic children?

The National Service Dogs (NSD) organization in Ontario Canada, is one of the best organizations that specifically help train dogs to make the lives of autistic children better. You might be wondering how a service dog can be useful to autistic children

Owner:
Paula Edwards
City:
South Porcupine
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
American Cocker Spaniel
Date of Birth:
April, 1992
Date of Death
Sept. 12, 2003
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
23
Coat Colour:
blond
Eye Colour:
brown

On the way home from the hospital with Cinnamon in my arms, the words from the song "there's a hole in the world tonight" came across the air on the radio;  nothing could describe the loss we felt much better.  When we were saying our good-byes,Tuxedo my other dog licked her face good-bye and I placed a bowl of tim-bits (her favourite) between her paws, so she will never be hungry. Then I pried her from my grasp with a flood of tears and buried her in the back yard under a cascade of pink carnations and tears.  She was my baby and I will forever miss her love and presence. 

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