This story is a tear jerker; I at least I know I got tears in my eyes reading about a little boy with autism and his new companion, Xena. Xena was found starved and malnourished, the picture of her is just horrendous. She was adopted by Jonny Hickey's family, and has helped him become more social and overcome some issues:
Xena helps Jonny in other ways as well. He’s always struggled with personal-space issues, but he’s fine with letting the dog lean on him, lie down on him and perch precariously on his lap. It doesn’t matter that she weighs 43 pounds and he weighs 48.
“I’m not a doctor, but I do know Jonny has a zillion sensory issues and I wonder if that pressure is calming for him,” Linda speculated. “Maybe it’s like a beanbag chair. A beanbag chair is great for him because it’s like a giant hug.”
I love hearing stories such ast this, what did you think?