When you're the parent of children with special needs, you're always looking for way to help them. You sign up to stuff, like a thousand pages on Facebook, leave messages with every possibly relevant organisation and put their name down on every waiting list you come across, and then you sometimes forget half the things you've done.
One of the things I'd almost forgotten was putting my son's name down for a specially-trained dog with the autism charity, My Canine Companion. Like an autism assistance dog, but more suitable for an older child with aspergers, a companion dog should help to calm him, (and perhaps me too) and make outings easier and more fun for the family. Then last month I heard that his name was now top of the waiting list! Decision time… and it's not straight forward - he's not that keen on dogs and nor am I, but I'm willing to be converted if it helps him. And to try and find the time for the walks and whatever care a dog needs! Believe me, I have NO idea what is involved.
So how to persuade my son?
By being clever is the answer - and it wasn't my idea.
We're going to dog-sit for the night!
Thank you so much to my lovely Facebook friend who is making this possible.
And this is the beautiful dog who is being loaned to us..
How could this not work?
Hopefully in a few months, we will be enjoying the benefits of a beautiful companion dog ourselves.
Now, can I ask a favour of everyone reading this please? No money involved, just votes..
"My Canine Companion, Autism services for children have been shortlisted for MyKidstime Charity of the year 2013. The winning charity with the most votes by midnight 31st January will become the Charity of the Year and receive support and advertising from Mykidstime throughout the year."
So if you can spare a few seconds please vote for My Canine Companion on the list on this page:
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