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My son had a breakthrough this morning ... thanks to our bassets ...

My eldest son was diagnosed with autism - one of his issues was with affection ... or rather bestowing affection on others.

He didn't mind if I wanted to hug him, and wouldn't pull away - but he would stay stiff - and I always had to initiate the contact.

Well a couple of years ago his pediatrician and his psychologist suggested we get a pet - namely a dog ... (some of you have heard parts of this story before) ...

We -did- have a dog before but I had been diagnosed with cancer and was in and out of the hospital with surgeries and treatments, etc and while I was able to get help with the children no one had been able (or willing) to take a rather large dog (chow shepperd cross) into their home on a temporary basis. ....

I ended up having to find a different 'forever home' for my fur-baby (which broke my heart at the time but I honestly had no other choices ... even my two-legger babies were under threat of being placed in foster homes because I was single at the time and didn't have any family near by to help me.

Anyhow to make a long story a bit shorter ... I survived (in remission) and wsa not thinking of getting another pet - especially a dog (I was still hurting over having to give up my Kodiak Bear) ... but I would do anything for my son ... since BOTH his doctors were suggesting taking another dog into our home I was considering it.

To make this story just a little bit shorter, circumstances and situations occured which resulted in our family being the recipients of not one but TWO basset babies.

(I had personally never thought I would own bassets ... but here we were).

So anyway I brought those bassets home just over a year ago now (well a year and a half).

And as some of you know it's been a rough year for my little family - BUT ... this morning something happened to brighten my day and re-affirm that everything's going to be okay ...

My son (the one that was diagnosed with autism) was sitting on the floor this morning watching the hounds run around him and play. (He does this often and likes it when sometimes they crawl into his lap ... again they initiate the contact).

Well ... he got this really thoughtful look on his face and gently reached out and pulled Mocha on to his lap and he wrapped his arms around her and layed his head on her back ... and he got the sweetest little smile on his face.

Then he let her go and scooted over next to Beldin and did the same thing ...

After he let them go he sighed this really big happy sounding sigh and looked at me and said, "Mommy ... Bassets are perfect - they're just the size of a hug."

And then he walked over to me and hugged me! And it wasn't a stiff hug, he melted right into it. Then kissed me on my cheek like it was the most natural thing in the world and went off to go play with lego in his room.

Thank you for letting me share.
 

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What a great story. I have had a few autistic children in my classroom over the years, so I know what these "breakthroughs" mean. :)
 

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Thank you for sharing. I have also been told a pet (dog) would have the same effect. I in no way can relate to the situation with your son, but I do know my kids love both of our hounds. Keep in good spirits, it seems as though your son is making progress. You made my day. :D
 
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Beatiful story with great, happy results which choked me up. Yup, our basset know when we are in need of their care and love and give it willingly. They can sometimes be our rocks in heavy storms. Again, great story. Thanks for sharing.

Marie and Abby, Newton, KS
 

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Great story, thanks for sharing!

With all you've been through (and I only know bits of it) you deserved something positive and special!

Thumbs up for you and your son. :!: :!: :!:
 

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I have always firmly believed that a dog is the best medicine for any and all maladies. I'm so glad yours are working for your son. Who knows how far he'll go now! :D
 

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That was a wonderful story. Good luck to you and your family. Looks like things are looking up.
 

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:) Dogs have the ability to touch people in a way that medical science can't - they have the gift of being able to heal the spirit :) Best wishes to your son-
 

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YAY!! I'm happy for you. Sooner or later things have to turn around. I have no clue as to your son's condition but that is a great story :)

Lou
 

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What a great story!

What a wonderful story and what a fantastic breakthrough for your son!

Thanks for sharing.

Colleen
 

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:) What a sweet story....thanks for sharing it! Sure sounds like you have had quite a few rough moments in your life, and I have to say I admire you for always sounding so positive!
 

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I am so glad to hear the news about this breakthrough with your son. What a magical moment it must have been when you looked at his face and saw that smile and then received that unsolicited kiss. Bassets are wonderful. I didn't know a love could be so complete until we got our Rosie.

Sandra
 

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It's really good to hear the progress you've had, and I'll try to remember "...just the size of a hug" - what a wonderful way to express it!
 

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Thank you all ...

Thank you all so much for responding to my post ... it warmed my heart to see how many were touched by my son :)
 

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What a wonderful little story! I have a 57 year old brother who suffers from, among other things, severe autism. The only one he will make eye contact with is my dad, who's 87.
My brother lives in a very good institution, and we see him often. He is deathly afraid of animals, so when ever we bring him home to visit, we have to put the hounds outside.
I am so happy that you had a breakthrough, I hope you experience many more. There's so much more help and knowlege out there now, than when my brother was young. I too love the "size of a hug.." comment.

Sandy
 
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