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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

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Pepino was found on the streets of the inner city of Los Angeles by a police officer. He was bleeding, starving, had lost his coat and could barely walk. He as 17 mos old.
A trip to the Humane Society produced a recommendation that he be euthanized.....too far gone. Thankfully, this lady cop took him to a vet she knew, where he was bathed, fed and cared for.
She brought this little guy to a Rescue at  Petsmart where I was shopping. My  little pal, named Bri, adopted from a local dog pound, had  lost her life to an  illness that veterinarians could not  defeat a year earlier.
This left me with my constant travel pal, Sinja, a rescue dog from  a shelter.  Both  Sinja and Bri stayed with me after my divorce. 
I knew that Sinja needed a new a pal, we both missed Bri. One look at  Pepino and I knew he was meant to come home with me. The lady police officer told me she knew my dog skills would give this little guy the chance he needed.
And it has been a ride! Little Pepino came to me with only 2 teeth ( at 17mos of age), has skin conditions and assorted little health challenges.
But  with holistic food and supplements he has come a long way...and  Sinja has a buddy  that goes with her, and me everywhere !

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