Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

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.

1455778342870

When James was put under anesthetic, Mahe kept a watchful eye.

a2bbe45356cbc69610e45f6138e2a5e1-large_trans++F4BOQyc5Po9gYLMVapF_q1QbBNCTH1OmOjYr5PFwB9I

Hospitals can be scary places for children, but Mahe helped James feel safe and at ease in his bed.

1455778342870 (1)

Mahe stayed glued to James, making sure he was never alone.

therapy-dog-today-inline-2-160224_d11efeabf4b48cdf0fd78b20d0358b4e.today-inline-large

 

Mahe isn’t just the word’s best hospital buddy, she also has made sure to keep James out of danger and helps lessen his frustration when he is unable to communicate. James’s mom, Michelle said that before Mahe came into their lives, her son would to run off or have a break down in overstimulating environments, like cafes. That all changed when the four-legged friend became a part of their family. Now, James holds Mahe’s leash and if he starts running too far or toward a busy road, Mahe will sit down and not move to make sure James stays at her side.

“There is such a magic that happens between a child with autism and the dogs, they just calm the kids down. The kids will maintain eye contact with the dog, but often not with their own parents and siblings,” said Wendy Isaacs, the Trust’s funding development manager. 

Doctors are still working to discover the source of James’ seizures, but if they persist Mahe can help detect the early warning signs and alert his parents for help. It’s amazing that with a simple wag of the tail, or cuddle session, an animal can completely change the entire world for a child with autism.

All image source: Louise Goossens



Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Meet Pudding, the Photogenic Fox That’s too Friendly to be Released Into the Wild

There's an Adorable Reason Why This Fox Can't be Released Into the Wild

Kitten Lost Her Best Friend. What Her Human Did to Make Her Feel Better Will Warm Your Heart

Kitten Lost Her Best Friend. What Her Human Did to Make Her Feel Better Will Warm Your Heart

Little Pig Thinks She’s a Dog (PHOTOS)

Little Pig Thinks She's a Dog (PHOTOS)

Rescue Team Works For Hours to Save Horse Who Got Trapped in a Septic Tank (PHOTOS)

Rescue Team Works For Hours To Save Horse Who Got Trapped in a Septic Tank (PHOTOS)

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

159 comments on “Autism Assistance Dog Refuses to Leave Little Boy’s Side While He’s in the Hospital”

Click to add comment
Dorothy Marks-Goldberg
6 Months Ago

How comforting that must be to that little boy who is already in a scary situation!


Reply
Cathy Mutascio
6 Months Ago

God bless the hospital staff who recognized the importance of this dog and allowed them to stay together. There are all kinds of medicine!


Reply
Sophie Wishart
6 Months Ago

Cle Breitinger Robyn Watson Congreve you would love these.


Reply
Katie Hessey
6 Months Ago

Judith Hessey


Reply
Jaclynne Johnson
6 Months Ago

Michealah Weir


Reply
Jaclynne Johnson
6 Months Ago

Michealah Weir


Reply
Daryl Kroell
6 Months Ago

Poor dog.


Reply
Sallie Robbins-Druian
6 Months Ago

Amazing and how wonderful is this precious protector!❤️


Reply
Lynne Neeleman
6 Months Ago

Beautiful ❤️


Reply
Lynne Neeleman
6 Months Ago

Beautiful ❤️


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×