A Labrador Retriever saves autistic boy from loneliness!
Jacob Owens, an 8-year-old boy from England, suffers from a severe form of autism. This makes it difficult for him to talk to people and express his feelings to others.
The poor boy barely smiled and had no friends to talk or play with. Short trips outdoors were extremely stressful for him.
For so many years, the boy struggled socially until his mom, Susan Owens, got in contact with Support Dogs.
The charity has an Autism Assistance Program. They helped them a Labrador dog named Araminta– or Minta for short.
Minta became the new family pet and in just a short while, a lot of beautiful changes happened in the Owens household. In Susan’s words, here’s the biggest plus:
“Before when we went out in public, Jacob would want to be invisible,” said Susan. “He would become very distressed if people wanted to talk to him, but now the difference is incredible.”
“If people stop to talk to him about Minta, he will happily stand and talk to strangers because he’s proud of her. I can’t put into words how incredible this is to watch – to go from wanting to be invisible to growing in confidence every day and wanting the world to see you. It’s amazing!” she added.
Autism Assistance Dogs are trained to help children become more independent and sociable. For special kids like Jacob, dogs are the only way of providing comfort to the child.
“Ever Jacob needs a Minta — they are best friends,” said Susan.
“If Jacob is sick or sad, she is there, without being told to do this. He loves her and she loves him. Minta is the best medicine.”
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