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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

Sol Mary Colón
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IL, United States
Chow Chow dog
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My Layka was a beautiful chow chow dog.  She had puppies 3 times, and she had 8 puppies each time.  We kept one from the first time.  His name is Yito and he is with my aunt right now.  He is a brown chow chow, just like his mother, but with other color. 

Layka loved meat.  My mother would give her a bowl of arroz con gandures and meat, and she'll eat the meat and the rice and leave all the ganures in the bowl.  I dont know how she used to do that but she did.  Same with beans.  My mother used to compare her to me, cause i dont eat beans either and i have to have meat in my meal. 

I remember for one hurricane in 1999, we had to leave the house cause it was dangerous to stay there, and we left layka with the owners of her parents for a couple of days until it was safe.  She escaped from there and she went to our old house and i dont know how did she got in, but she stayed the whole hurricane inside that old house.  When we came back, she was scared to death, and hungry (cause nobody knew where she was), when we saw her, she was hiding underneath the sofa, still shaking and she looked pretty bad.  Inmediatelly when she saw us she came out of the sofa and we gave her food and water and took her to the vet afterwards.

When we moved to NJ in 2001, she stayed with my sister, and then she had more puppies, and my sister kept a little black one named Magnum, which is still with my parents.  He is exactly like his mother, but black and white.  Sometime later she took her to the dog pound and last thing i heard when i went back to Puerto Rico is that she was dead. =(

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