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Autism Assistance Dog Refuses to Leave Little BoyâEUR(TM)s Side While HeâEUR(TM)s in the Hospital

Health & Wellness  (tags: autism, autistic boy, assistance dog, special relationship )

- 1212 days ago -
For the past two and a half years, Mahe, from The Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust, has never left JamesâEUR(TM)s side. She helps to keep him calm and feel safe when the world around him doesnâEUR(TM)t seem to make sense.


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Barb K (1685)
Friday February 26, 2016, 4:43 pm
It must mean the world to James to have such a dedicated, loving, friend as Mahe.

Pat B (356)
Friday February 26, 2016, 5:01 pm
Our loving animals know more sometimes, in helping people with disabilities....than humans.

Beautiful story, Barb, thank you for this story!!! xo

Maggie D (69)
Friday February 26, 2016, 5:15 pm
A dog can change the life of anyone who will allow it to. Mahe is a shining example of the devotion a dog unselfishly gives. After all, God spelled backwards is dog. Thanks, Barb,

Barb K (1685)
Friday February 26, 2016, 5:18 pm
Amen, sister Maggie!

Ted W (127)
Friday February 26, 2016, 5:50 pm
oted, forwarded and shared! Touching story-Thanks Barb! An animal friend's loyalty is immeasurable-I can attest to that! :)

Barbara K (61)
Friday February 26, 2016, 6:13 pm
Awww, what a sweet dog. Animals are the best when it comes to caring for humans. They are the tops. Lucky little boy to have this loving dog by his side. Thank you, Sweetie.

MmAway M (519)
Friday February 26, 2016, 6:58 pm
Now dearest BarbCat

This is perfection with a THANK YOU!!!! Nothing like the Unconditional Love and devotion of a DOG!

MmAway M (519)
Friday February 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
"James Isaac, 9, cannot speak and has difficulty connecting with family and friends due to his autism. However, there is one special friend James can always rely on: Mahe, his black Labrador assistance dog.

For the past two and a half years, Mahe, from The Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust, has never left James’s side. She helps to keep him calm and feel safe when the world around him doesn’t seem to make sense. Mahe follows James wherever he goes and sleeps with him every night – even in the boy’s hospital bed.

James recently underwent a procedure to diagnose the cause of his seizures, and Mahe was close by the entire time."

Just a part of your awesome news ~ MAJOR HUG

Mandi T (367)
Friday February 26, 2016, 10:27 pm
brings joyful tears to my eyes. Dogs are amazing companions, they can sense and feel almost all human emotions. TY HUG

Animae C (509)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 1:28 am
ALL hospitals should allow our pups to visit, they HEAL us!

Thanx Barb

Freya H (345)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 5:22 am
More proof that the dog is our best friend. Would that we all could be at least one-tenth as devoted and reliable as dogs, that we could all show even one-tenth as much unconditional love.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 5:30 am
Another reason to love and treasure our furry angels

penny C (83)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 8:45 am
Awesome wonderful dog.Thanks Barb for sharing.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 8:46 am

Janis K (129)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 11:06 am
Thanks for sharing

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 12:55 pm
Truly moving. Thanks for sharing Barb.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 1:57 pm
I am sending a big "Thank You" to the hospital staff in New Zealand, allowing his dog to stay with that little boy.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:11 pm
What a touching story! Thanks for sharing Barb!

Angelika Kempter (96)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:51 pm
Thank you Barb for sharing

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Saturday February 27, 2016, 4:43 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 7:29 pm
Yes--this dog is comfort, an attachment to kinder reality, a catalyst to keep trying and know you'll open your eyes to love and care. I spent much of 13 years in the hospital with my little girl. She had me to open her eyes to, as this was not an option. It made all the difference, as I was amazed to see that other parents did not opt to remain with their children 24/7. Or they could not. Another encouragement was when strangers visited to perform or deliver a small gift. The most outstanding was in Gainesville Shands Hospital, Florida. I had taken her to see a ballet and we'd gone backstage to praise the dancers. They noticed how interested my daughter was in taking lessons, but talked to me privately about her frailness. Little did I know how much our conversation meant to this troop. I called them a few months later to say she wouldn't be capable of taking the classes and was in the hospital for a few weeks, the beginnings of the last stages of Cystic Fibrosis. One day, the two star performers arrived in her room, in costume, and as a Christmas gift to my Tavi and I, they performed an act from "The Nutcracker Suite". The nurses and I wept as Tavi watched, entranced, and she remained in that enchanted state for months. She was able to take a few ballet lessons, and against doctor's orders, danced 3 roles in the Nutcracker Suite, with doctors and nurses in the audience---as they said she would be physically incapable of doing so. but, Tavi understood spirituality and possessed a magical soul. Her biggest dream was to dance in "The Nutcracker Suite" and she lived that dream and danced perfectly. A few weeks later, on December 29, 1983, her spirit danced away. Her requests were to also come true. To be viewed in repose, in her ballet costume as the music from "Somewhere In Time" (her favorite movie and music) and "The Nutcracker Suite" played softly.


Sylvia Walker (18)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 5:36 am
Moving story.

peter K (3)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 11:39 am
How lovely, thanks for sharing.

Mike m (9)
Sunday February 28, 2016, 12:24 pm
Sometimes this site seems to be just negative stories and opinions..refreshing to read this one.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 29, 2016, 10:10 am
What a wonderful dog, great story.

Carol J (26)
Tuesday March 1, 2016, 12:42 am
Wonderful story TY for shàring

Veronica B (33)
Wednesday March 2, 2016, 10:13 pm
Fantastic dog and story!

Marie-Claire Starr (0)
Friday March 4, 2016, 1:41 pm
What's also amazing is the fact that the hospital recognizes the good Mahe does for James and in doing so, allows her to stay with James in the hospital. I doubt there are many hospitals that would allow this. Kudos to the hospital and its staff.

Arild Warud (174)
Monday March 14, 2016, 7:48 am
Thanks Barrb.
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