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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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Border Collie
Date of Birth:
Mar 1, 2000
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Coat Colour:
Black and White
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A true people dog. Loved to be with people,. Extremely loyal - not a vicious bone in his body ...except for cats, squirrels, and racoons. His eyes told you how he felt - interested, guilty, alert, playful, concerned. A poem to his memory:

Memories of Cooper flash through my head
Every time I look at his empty dog bed.
I don’t know why it was his time to go
All I can think about, is how I miss him so.

I miss the days of our walks in the park
I miss the sound of his relentless bark.
I miss his company when I couldn't sleep
Sitting beside me with nary a peep.

I miss his greetings when I walked through the door
And his soft gentle nuzzles when I lay on the floor.
I miss those eyes that spoke how he felt
And pierced your soul and made your heart melt.

From time to time, the pain goes away
For brief moments throughout the day
But then I see him gone from his usual place
And reality hits me right in my face.

Just sitting and thinking about the things that we've done
The playing, the laughing, the games and the fun.
There is nothing sadder when things have to end
Like saying good-bye to a truly great friend.

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