A dog’s capacity to love is beyond amazing.
In New Zealand, a devoted Labrador dog refused to leave an autistic boy’s side at the hospital.
Nine-year-old James Isaac cannot speak and is not quite happy with being touched. Being out around many people is uncomfortable for him and visits to the hospital were proved terrifying for the poor boy.
Then two years ago, a black furry fellow came into James’ life – changing his life for the better. His name is Mahe. He’s a Labrador Retriever and an Autism Assistance Dog.
These heartwarming pictures show Mahe refusing to leave the side of the young boy during a hospital visit.Mahe was allowed to stay with James during a recent hospital trip to have an MRI scan, which was needed to help diagnose his seizures.
The photos show Mahe lying beside James in his hospital bed as he was being put under for the scan. The sweet Labrador can be seen nuzzling the young boy, keeping him calm during the appointment.
“He was just looking at James, and looking really worried,” James’ mother Michelle Isaac told Stuff.co.nz.
Mahe was trained by Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust to keep James safe and calm when they are out in public, where he used to feel anxious and scared.
“There is such a magic that happens between a child with autism and the dogs, they just calm the kids down,”Wendy Isaacs, who works for the trust, said. “The kids will maintain eye contact with the dog, but often not with their own parents and siblings.”