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As a dog lover, do you ever feel like there is no one in the world who understands you better than your four-legged best friend? Although they might not always verbally understand us, they seem expertly attuned to our feelings and needs – something that completely transcends verbal communication. For Joey Granados, this incredibly connection completely changed his life.

Joey was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrom, a disorder on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, when he was seven-years-old. Although Joey could memorize entire books after reading them once, at the age of 14, he struggled to make personal connections with others and absolutely loathed showing displays of affection for others. For years, he couldn’t so much as hug his mother. But this all changed when he met Roxy the Pit Bull.

 Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug and Kiss Him Mom For the First Time


After spotting Roxy on the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center of Los Angelos’ website, Joey and his mother absolutely fell in love. The rescue center was running a special event where shelter dogs could be adopted for the low fee of $10, so Joey and his mom set out to meet Roxy.

Once they met Roxy for the first time, she immediately bee-lined to Joey. Completely ignoring Mrs. Granados and the other shelter workers, Roxy’s connection with Joey was magnetic.

Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug and Kiss Him Mom For the First Time

The pair bonded and Joey was able to do something he had never done before … show affection for another.

Joey tells the Examiner that Roxy “opened his heart,” making it easier for him to make friends and even give his loving mom hugs and kisses.

“If I’ve been having a bad day, Roxy can hear a tone in my voice,” Joey explains to Today.com. “She runs up to me to give me a giant hug and lick me to death and do almost anything she can to make me happy.”

Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug and Kiss Him Mom For the First Time


While there is nothing that can compare to the relationship between a person and their pup, Mrs. Granados thinks there might be a larger reason why Joey and Roxy connect, “Kids with autism are looked at differently and misunderstood, and so are Pit Bulls. I think that’s why they’ve bonded!”

Adopted Pit Bull Helps Autistic Teenager Hug and Kiss Him Mom For the First Time


From misunderstood to completely accepted and loved, Roxy and Joey will never have to struggle to find companionship again.

Enjoy your life together, Roxy and Joey! Watch the full story of when Joey met Roxy below:


All image source: Amanda Granados

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1 Years Ago

Well now they make a completely good-looking three-some!!

1 Years Ago

she is a beautiful dog! so glad that everyone is happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gertrude Humpmire
1 Years Ago

Pit Bulls definitely get a bad rap. It is likely the owners fault that a dog is misunderstood. My Pit Bull is a very loving and sweet dog and she likes everyone so far. She also understands many different words very well, and is capable of doing exactly what she is told.

Alan Craft
1 Years Ago

Doesn\'t anyone proof read this crap ?

29 Apr 2015

Doesn\'t anyone proofread this crap?

Since you asked for a proofreader, I thought I would volunteer my services.

04 May 2015

I write to the top IPs each week citing errors in spelling grammar and content. I rarely receive a reply. Errors today at various sites are the worst I\'ve ever seen. In addition, historical references don\'t exist. Every article is written as a unseen revelation when, in fact, the "revelation" is a repeat of an incident that happened a month ago to thousands of years ago. First, the people writing these articles don\'t read. Their thoughts come from some nonexistent spiritual plain. As far as commenters go, it\'s a hopeless problem.

Steven Hulbert
1 Years Ago

Been socializing stray pits as a shelter volunteer for years. Wonderful to see Joey start to come out of his Aspergers shell with Roxy, love pits, great dogs!


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