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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

Terry Baird-Wolf
Province, Country:
MB, Canada
Cat; domestic short hair
Date of Birth:
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Date of Death
Oct. 20, 2005
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Coat Colour:
White with brown/grey patches
Eye Colour:

Hurricane first came to me on Christmas eve in 2000, on one of the roughest streets in our city, at 11:30 at night, near a busy main thoroughfare, in the snow.  I knew that if I left her there she would die, either killed by some lowlife, or hit by a car, or starving and feezing to death.  I took her in, and that was all we needed to form a strong bond.  She was my little girl; my Christmas present from God.  "The Psycho Kitty" passed away from kidney failure, not quite six years later.

Nancy and I love you, Sweetie.


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