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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

Brenda & Mark Cooper-Roland
Windham Centre
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
King Shepherd
Date of Birth:
June 23, 1997
Date of Death
November 13, 2004
Coat Colour:
Tan and Black
Eye Colour:

The loss of Adanac has left a hole in our hearts the size of the moon.  He was our protector and friend.  We have another German Shepherd, Nitro that misses him terrribly.  They were close to a year apart in age and Adie as we called him, treated Nitro with love and patience as if he were Nitro's Mother.  Adie would not go to sleep at night until he checked to be sure that everybody was tucked in safely and then he would lie down. 

We are trying to decide whether to get another dog but there will never be another Adanac.  He was abused for the first 6 months of his life and inspite of that neglect and abuse he still turned out to be a wonderful loving pet.  He was like my shadow.  I am an incomplete parapelegic and I was never afraid of anything when Adie was with us.  We will never find another like him. 

He will be loved and missed till eternity.  Adie we love and miss you.

Brenda, Mark, Nitro and Scotch the cat

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