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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

Heidi Rivera
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
Dec 1991
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Coat Colour:
White and black
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  To my beloved pet cat Mitzie,

  Maybe I should of done this earlier to help with the grieving process but I have been so busy Mothering that I did not know how much you really meant to me until this week.

My neighbors cat had to be put down and I remembered the day I had to take you to see the Vet because you were too sick and I did not want you sufferring.

Well because I was pregnant at the time and I was told that you should not cry too much or your child will come out having asthma,  I did not cry enough for you then.  So now 17 years latter that old wound was opened up and I am balling for you like it just happened.  Strange , but I did love you so much.

Mitzie you were my companion all throughout my growing up years.  You were my confidant and best friend, and on other days you would rather not be friendly, LOL.  But that was just the Siamese part in you coming out so I could'nt fault you on that.

I just loved to pretend you were my big Tiger and I was the Zoo keeper.  I would tease you with the small pieces of beef stew that you were given from Mom so that you would stop bugging her while she made her wonderful Finnish stew!

I loved to make all those cat toys and crazy boxes with holes and I was even crazier to keep sticking my fingers in teasing and taunting you to come after me.  Well you did all right and I soon learned to get either and pencil or a pipe cleaner to play with you!!!!!! LOL!

You were a beautiful cat and I have many memories of you.  I will have to get a nice photo of you enlarged so that I can proudly display it in my living room.  Perhaps that is something that has been missing in my life. Displaying my favorite pets photo.

Well you would be glad to know that I am not alone though.  I do have a wonderful family of 4 children, a husband , our two loyal dogs Hero and silly Dash, she is our girl.  We also share our home with two fun cats, the Mother looks somewhat like your daughter Princess with the black and white but she is part Burmese.  Her daughter is named Baby, because she cries like one and is a Calico mix.  They are mostly my daughters cats but I help to take care of them when she cannot.

With that loving combination of Pets I am surrounded by lots of love, licks,tail wags, silly cat antics and much excitement refereeing the Dogs and cats.  So even though I do miss you much I wish you would know how happy my life is now even though part of me will always miss you, you were my first cat!

My love for you will always be strong and I will continue to be greatful for having the long 13 years with you, minus my short living in another province. ( Sorry about that I was newly married and we were trying to get ahead in a recession and thought there were more jobs for us out there. I hope you did not miss me too much, it was only 4months, oh plus the other 4 when I moved and got married. Gee sorry but I could not take you into Grampa apartment while we were saving! :( My bad)

I love you and miss you much!!!!!!!!!!!    


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