Its something

For those that haven't read my other stories about my son, he is 7 1/2 and has moderate to severe autism. He is non-verbal.

A little over a week ago I decided to get a dog. I've never had one in my entire life and honestly I've never been particularly fond of them. I had been pondering getting one since my husband moved out at the beginning of December. I now have every other weekend alone, as well as two weekday evenings and I thought maybe a dog would be good company for me.

My friend (a huge dog lover) found me a small female dog, which is what I had in mind. I decided to give it a shot as she promised if it didn't work out she'd take the dog off my hands. I didn't want to jump into dog ownership with out a good escape plan in case I decided it wasn't for me.

It took my son over a week to acknowledge the dog. That is sort of par for the course for him. He generally doesn't get too excited about things and pays attention to people or new toys, or whatever, on his own time. This morning he noticed the dog.

I watched him walk up to her and actually get down in the floor and pet her, and then Peanut started licking my son and I saw him smile. He let her lick him all over his face as he very gently rubbed her furry face and belly. I was in shock. He spent about 3 minutes playing with the dog, happy as a lark with a smile on his face. It is the first time I have ever seen him pay any attention to an animal.

I'm excited about this. It may be with a dog, but it still certainly counts as socialization. I'll keep you posted!

autimom autimom
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21 Responses Mar 3, 2009

I think youll be happy with a dog,it could be your best friend too

Thank you, Deb.

I think that is great!! I too have a son with Autism, non verbal, everything prompted. But it is the little things that is huge. Hold on to those moments...they are so precious. I got chills when I heard your story, because I can relate so much. I wanted to cry of happiness for you! Good luck!!<br />

Thats great..every little step is important!!!

That's wonderful, and it definitely counts as socialization. :) It took forever for my autistic daughter to notice our dogs, but now she gleefully chases one of them and occasionally pet the other. We still need to remind her to be gentle, but I'm sure that would be true of most NT toddlers as well.

I have a seven year old non-verbal Autistic Son and I can relate to how unaware they are of their surroundings, but eventually they become aware, and oh what a joy it is to see the look on their faces, it sometimes brings tears to my eyes. My Son's awareness is becoming more apparent, I thank God everyday.

It isn't that I don't like them, really. I have never been around one. I never had a pet as a child. I've never been close to a dog. I'm trying it out.

DreamCloud, you're a nasty and malevolent cuss and you should be compltely embarassed for what you wrote. Even if you are just a kid, the insensitivity and basic meanness of your comment is sad.

I didn't realize that comment came from a child when I wrote the above. I'm sorry your parents didn't teach you compassion.

Ummmm. I didn't ask for a child with special needs, Dreamclouddog. I didn't choose it. I didn't get pregnant and say, "Gee. I hope I have a child who still can't talk at seven years old and still ***** his pants. That sounds like heaven!" However, he is my son and I love him with my whole heart and I would do anything for him. <br />
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I do the best I can everyday to deal with the hand we were both given. I celebrate the small things, like his interaction with the dog--because to him, and so to me, it is a huge deal. You are an *******.

Wow! Taht must be AWSOME!!!!! U have a cool kid! NOT!!!! Hahaha- I wouldnt want a kid like that! Tho, u can! I wont B mean!!!!!! Haha! ;)

yay....dogs rule...keep us posted!

that is really awesome. i have ZERO idea of what it's like to have a child with autism. i have had the pleasure and pain of working with autistic children for many years. we used horseback and other animals as therapy. i even had a 9 year old girl who had never spoken a word other than "mom" say "dog" the very first time she came in contact with one. keep us posted on how it goes!

Wow! What a fantastic connection. It will be interesting to see how the relationship evolves. Keep us posted!

Poops outside is a great start....if she doesn't chew on things in your house you've got it made! If the dog is more than 2 years old it's likely to not give you problems. Dogs pretty much get over their puppy tendencies by then.

Ha. Really she is growing on me. She is well behaved, and poops outside. Its a start.

Awesome! Dogs are very social animals and I think it's a great way to help him acquire social skills. It's a start for certain. Hope everything works out with the dog. So do you like the dog at all yet or just like it cause your kid does?

I'm pretty excited about it. Anything to bring him out of his little world and interact makes me happy. If a dog can help with that, I'm on board.

Good chills, I mean.

This story gave me chills all over.

Fantastic. Every boy should have a dog!