A Labrador service dog completely changed the life of a young autistic boy.
They say dogs are man’s best friend but dog owners know they’re way beyond just that.
For Cody McGillem, his Labrador service dog, MC Lyte is more than his best friend. She is his life changer.
Cody likes to build things, watch movies and snuggle, but he also has autism and can be a little unpredictable.
Cody’s parents say they never would have imagined a Labrador dog would be the reason their son is happier than he’s ever been before.
“I don’t know if he likes her soft fur, or just the warmth or just the company of someone else, but they bonded almost instantaneously,” says Tony Mitchell.
MC Lyte, MC for short, is the newest member of their family.
The family got the service dog through 4 Paws For Ability, a non-profit organization that places service dogs with veterans and children with disabilities.
Cody is prone to wander and MC is trained in search-and-rescue and tracks him down by his scent. Knowing there’s another caring family member watching over Cody is a huge weight off the family’s shoulders.
“She a friend to him, she understands him when he has his meltdowns— she is able to bring him out of his meltdowns a lot quicker than he could by himself or even with our help,” says Cody’s mom Ambrelie.
Because of everything MC does, the family makes sure to give the Labrador a special diet of premium dog food to keep her going strong. WellPet, a dog food company, stepped in and donated a lifetime supply of dog food for the Labrador.
“I was touched, and I think as an organization we were all moved and we are just overjoyed to help contribute to the community and to the needs of the McGillem family,” says plant director Doug Mitchell.
“Their generosity is really a surprise and we’ve very grateful,” says Ambrelie.
The McGillems are happy to know their son has a best friend who is always by his side.
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