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Old 12-29-2006, 11:16 AM
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Hi everybody,
My name is Melanie, we have a new 10 week old puppy at our house. We had a wonderful golden named rosie, but we had to put her to sleep Dec. 6
We actually got her for my daughter who has a form of autism called aspergers- she made a HUGE difference. I was wondering if anyone else out there has a dog for a special needs child.
You can read Rosies story at
http://www.golden-retriever.org/2005grace2.asp
scroll down to the second story
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:21 AM
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Wow what a cool story... that left me feeling good this morning...

Sorry to hear about ROSE, I hope your daughter is doing ok.

Congrats on the puppy!
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I agree that is a wonderful story! It's amazing what having a dog around can do for people in various situations. This is why we love them!!
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Dogs are amazing! I have a good friend who has mild autism, and the way he connects with my dogs is just beautiful. He talks to them and plays with them for hours, when he won't speak to any human except me and a few others.
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Dogs are amazing! I have a good friend who has mild autism, and the way he connects with my dogs is just beautiful. He talks to them and plays with them for hours, when he won't speak to any human except me and a few others.
Thats so cool. When i got Vinny certified for pet-assisted therapy I wanted to find somewhere he could work with kids. I had actually thought it'd be cool to have him visit with autistic children. I haven't found any ideas of way to go about doing that though.

Dogs can communicate in ways humans can't, it's pretty neat.
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Hi melanie , my name is cassie and I have a little boy (age 4) with autism spectrum disorder, this summer we got a golden retriever puppy, and it opened a door for him, he started to speak, and I know it was because of the dog, they became best friends, and I don't think anyone other than the dog could have opened that door.
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Hi Cassie, I think that is great.Rosie really helped us with the meltdowns. ALlyson had a hard time when we had her put to sleep , she slept with her collar.. We got her a new puppy last week she is bonding quite well with Sadie now. It was really amazing the difference I saw in her when we first got rosie. She was almost like a different child
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Wow, what a wonderful story. I hope Sadie will become just as close to your daughter as Rosie. Animals never cease to amaze me with their ability to connect with people and other animals!
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My friend is 40 years old but still a child at heart. I love doing pet therapy- I highly suggest it to anyone with a gentle, well trained dog.
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