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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

Bill & Judy Erdbrink
Province, Country:
Not Provided
Date of Birth:
July 12, 1996
Date of Death
Nov 2, 2005
Coat Colour:
brindle wh/bblack
Eye Colour:

You came into ours lives to relieve a heartache when we lost our bud Walker and you took us into your heart.  Yes, 8.5 years doesn't seem long, but it was your lifetime and I think you knew we loved to share it.

Today was your last day with us, but I know you're going to a much better place, no pain or suffering just sunshine and all the joy you could ever want.  Please know we did what we thought was best for you.  Lord knows we didn't want you to go, but someone with a higher needed you.  You stole our hearts with the impish cock of your head an those pretty green eyes. 

Tell Walker, when you see him, he was our BUD, but you will always and forever be our GIRLFRIEND.  Give everyone hugs and licks. Thanks for letting us share your life and we'll miss your warm body and dreaming in bed from the squirrel you were chasing.  Until we meet again.............


Mom & Dad

PS- We live in Stafford VA, USA, not Canada


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