James Isaac, a 9-year-old from Wellington, New Zealand, has autism. He cannot speak, and gets startled if someone touches him. An outing anywhere--the playground, a restaurant, the doctor's--can leave him so overwhelmed and overstimulated that he's liable to run away.
So you can imagine what going to the hospital would do to this little boy. But James needed to go because he needed an MRI to figure out what was behind his seizures.
Luckily, two-and-a-half years ago, James found a friend who keeps him safe and calm. Thanks to his BF, James can sit quietly while his parents have dinner. He won't run away--or if he does, his buddy, who's attached by a leash, will sit down and refuse to budge, stopping James from going anywhere.
Still having trouble guessing the nature of James's friend? He's a black lab named Mahe--and he was trained from puppyhood to be a service dog for autistic kids.
James got through his MRI just fine, thanks to Mahe.
via The Dodo