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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

Allie K
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Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
February 14, 1990
Date of Death
April 6, 2005
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Sport was a very special dog. If you looked at him a certain way he would to a tap dance on our kitchen floor. He had very bad teeth and blocks in bloodstreams. Whenever we had a walk he would always lift his leg up on everything. One time he did it to me. But, on April 5 he didn't have the strength to do it. It was weird to see him do that. The next day I didn't even know that he was going to die that day. I didn't even get a chance to say good-bye because I didn't know. But, I did know that he was going to have a vet appointment that day. My dad was going to bring him. So, after school I went to my mom's work and my dad picked me up. I was really cheerful actually. I told my dad about my day all smiley and happy. But, when we got home he said he wanted to talk to me about somthing in the park across the street. He told me that when he was at the vet, the doctor said," He's suffering", and gave him the needle. He was crying when he did it. (And I'm crying right now) The only thing that we have memories of him is his collar and photos. But, the reason why Sport is really special is because if you noticed, he's born on Valentine's Day. The day of love.

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