For children with autism, the world can be a confusing place. So when something comes into an autistic child’s life that can help them make sense of things, they’re going to want to keep it close by. For 9-year-old James Isaac, that something was his constant companion, Mahe, a 2 1/2-year-old dog. The two have been inseparable until a recent event threatened to tear them apart.
The New Zealand boy needed an MRI scan to diagnose his seizures, so he had to spend time at the hospital. As dogs usually aren’t allowed in, it appeared like James would have to brave the harrowing experience alone…v
Luckily, James was allowed to bring his dog, who lay beside him in his bed.loyal-dog-1
As always, Mahe remained devoted while he kept James safe, nuzzling the boy’s face as he was being put under.
“He was just looking at James, and looking really worried,” James’s mom, Michelle James, told Stuff.co.nz.
And while Mahe proved to be an invaluable help at the hospital, Michelle James says that the dog has been equally important throughout joining the family two and a half years ago.
Mahe keeps James from wandering into harm’s way and keeps him calm in public, too, even though he used to be anxious. But Mahe couldn’t have done it without the help of the Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust, who trained the dog to take care of James.
“There is such a magic that happens between a child with autism and the dogs, they just calm the kids down,” Wendy Isaacs, who works for the trust, told Stuff.co.nz. “The kids will maintain eye contact with the dog, but often not with their own parents and siblings.”
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She was found up the street from her home Wednesday afternoon barking incessantly in people’s yards.
Police say they received a call at 3:45 p.m. about a lone dog barking nonstop and were dispatched to the home.
“The dog then ran and took the officers through several streets, and then lead them back to the dog’s residence into the backyard,” police Lt. Lawrence Rotta said.
Officers found a broken fence and an open sliding glass door.
As police investigated further, they noticed the distinct smell of gas coming from an open basement window.
Eastchester Fire Department and Con Edison were called to the scene immediately and confirmed the officer’s suspicions.
“The dog saved the house from a potential gas explosion and gas leak,” Rotta said.
After the leak was taken care of, police noticed claw marks and blood on the back of the door. The family says this proves that Sadie knew something was wrong and worked frantically to open the door.
“She went from being in time out to being my girl,” owner Serena Costello said. “It looks like she was trying to get out this window…She was determined to get out.”
Sadie chewed and dug until she removed a wooden blocker keeping the sliding door shut and managed to run out into the backyard. Costello has owned Sadie for 11 years and says Sadie has never gotten out of the house before.
“This is my contraption I built so she never got out, which always worked since I’ve been here,” Costello said. “But she nestled through here and escaped through the fence.”
At the time of the incident, Costello was at work. A friend called her and alerted her to a police presence at her home and she left immediately. Costello says if it weren’t for Sadie, she and her daughter would’ve come home to a situation that was highly dangerous.
“She is a hero,” she said. “She is our hero. It’s just so out of character for her to do. She saved our lives. Yeah. Emotional.”
But there is one small problem that was quickly resolved …
“They had to write me a summons, which they didn’t want to, but I guess it’s the law for having an unleashed dog in the area,” Costello said. “But one of the police officers, I guess after ConEd said that (it) was a gas leak, took the summons and ripped it up.”