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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:
Sandra Leva-Ortiz
City:
Briarwood
Province, Country:
NY, United States
Type/Breed:
Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1995
Date of Death
June 7, 2004
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
54
Coat Colour:
Chocolate
Eye Colour:
light brown

Xena was the most remarkable and beautiful dog in the entire world.  Her sudden death took us all by surprise and we know that she is in a better place, a place without suffering.  Xena was diagnosed on Saturday with cancer in her lung which was complicating her breathing.  Our veternarian was supportive but yet no treatment could be given to treat the tumor she had blocking her esophagus.  We had to make the decision to put her to sleep, and though it was the most difficult of the choices we have ever made, we believe it was a choice we made because we loved our pet more than anything in this world and we didn't want to see her suffer.  Even though it's painful for our family, we can have solace in the fact that Xena gave the best 8 years of her life to my husband and I, and our two children.  She will certainly be missed by my two children who always looked for her when they woke up in the morning.  Xena was never too tired to play with our children.  I know it's going to take time for our family to heal, however our memories and good times we had with her will help us deal with our loss.  What we remember most about our beautiful dog are the times when we took her to Pennsylvania and she swam in the lake, played with our children, or even simply her greeting us at the door.  How we will miss the times she waited for us to come home!  We will always keep you in our minds and hearts forever....you can never be replaced.  WE LOVE YOU DEARLY!

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