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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

Carol-Ann Zutz
Pitt Meadows
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Date of Birth:
Easter 1993
Date of Death
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Coat Colour:
Golden Brown
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My little baby girl, Keesa.  I remember when Dad brought you home, and I asked if you were really ours and if we could keep you.  I wanted to name you Sniffles, and BJ wanted to name you Rabies.  I remember that first day together, we were all out in the back yard lying on the ground and you'd come up and bite our ears. All of our camping trips to Horsefly (you sleeping under the tree with only your nose poking out).  You were so hard to take for walks because you were the one walking ME.  Every Halloween we'd let you 'carve' your own pumpkin with your claws.  I've never seen a dog try to attack a pumpkin like that before!  And Christmas... How you'd open your presents just like us, and help me open mine.  Helping us find our chocolate during Easter Egg Hunts.  :)  You always could show me where the good ones were hidden.  If we ever said the C-A-T word, my goodness.  You'd dart off into the back yard.  Remember your "crazy dog run's"? When you'd take off around the pool at 100 miles an hour...  And the way you'd sit out on the back deck and Survey your Domain.  Watching for that damn bird that would come and eat our fish (son of a b*tch).... I'll never be able to look at that phrase the same way again.  I still have pictures of you out in the back yard after it snowed... I'd stand inside the back door and make snowballs for you to catch... I love the one of you catching it in mid air.  And how you'd lie out on the back deck for hours in the snow, with your fox tail wrapped around all the way to your nose.  How you were so afraid of lights… Cameras, flashlights… And shoes :)  The way you wouldn’t leave us alone when the motorhome pulled up out front.  There was no way you were going to be left behind.  I remember my first trip away from you when we drove to Disneyland.  I sat in the back of the van crying.  BJ and I would make up songs about you.  I still remember them.  Substiuting the word Pizza for Keesa :) Dressing you up in my old dance costumes.  You little sailor.  And the crinoline!  You were so jealous when we brought Boots home for Nanny Pa.  You were mad at me when I was cuddling him on my bed and not you.  I always liked you better :)  And when I came home and told you about Pepper.  And reassured you that you were much cuter :)  You've been there for me through everything Keesa.  I'm going to miss you so much.  Anytime I needed a hug, you'd be right there waiting for me... You've let me cry at you so many times.  Always giving me a big sloppy kiss on the cheek to try and make me feel better.  Now it's time for me to give you your kiss, and let you go. 

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