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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

Owner:
Carolyn Holmes
City:
Ottawa
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Shepherd/Hound
Date of Birth:
May 12, 1994
Date of Death
October 8, 2008
Sex:
Female
Height:
19
Weight:
47
Coat Colour:
Tan/White
Eye Colour:
Amber

My sweet Guinness came into my life on February 28, 1995 when I adopted her from the Humane Society.  I always wanted a dog my whole life, and finally, now that I was grown and on my own, it was time to fulful my dream of having my own dog.  We had so much fun together!  We went to obedience classes (I was a first-time dog owner and needed that) and eventually she got her CGC certificate.  She was my dog, my daughter, my best friend; it broke my heart to see her slowly get old.  Tragically, back in October 2008, she was really having a  hard time walking and didn't want to eat.  Her glands were all swollen and the vet said it was lymphatic cancer.  I tried so hard to prepare myself for that day, but I was far from ready for the experience of watching such an important part of myself slip away.  We took our last walk along the paths where we had played for 14 years.  She died on a beautiful sunny Indian Summer day - in my arms and with Daddy kissing her head.  I love you Guinness.  Miss you.


Love, Mommy 

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