We've been looking into autism support dogs for Redd recently. Mostly they are labs or retriever dogs. Do you get involved in supplying those or are they specialist breeders over there?
Each one costs £20k to breed and train up. They ask for £8k donation for the dog... we'd need to fundraise obviously. Looking at videos though they're amazing with the kids.
i heard about that but seriously not really know someone who is involved with that. here it is quite equal with this special trained dogs and they are a really expensive. but on the other hand i know and saw ( tv ) that also some untrained dogs and even cats can do or more bring a huge change in the life for special kids. don´t know why but i think animals and in special labs feeling that there is a special and different human they have to care at.
i can remember how luna ( sadly she died this year ) was handlng some little kid in the holyday hotel lobby. the kid was loud, doubtful ecited about luna and all she did was laying on he floor, shaking her tail and crouching to the kid. at the end both laying on the floor and the kid was cuddling luna lol
so my tip would be, just try how redd is respond to a "normal" labby. possibly even there is so much interest that you see the incluence to him.
Sorry to hear about Luna, pets become an important part of a family. Losing Scully over 4 years ago was heartbreaking. Despite all the medical bills where routine medication was £100 a month plus the extra visits we would have gone without to pay for it. Despite diabetes and thyroid problems she was an amazing cat.
Seen quite a few articles recently where the benefits of pets have been illustrated in a family during pregnancy and after the arrival of of the child and also, with kids that have special needs. There seems to be a bond between them that enhances both lives. Can you “rent” or foster a dog to get an idea if it would be a suitable direction to go for the family?
Now Isobel is retired we really need to look at getting a new addition to the family.
Firstly, really sorry to hear about Luna. We lost Willie our older old English nearly 18 months ago now. He was amazing with the kids. My friends son who was special needs feared dogs, but would sit cuddling Willie and putting hats on him. Willie loved it, he'd sit there for hours. Heart goes out to you. To you too Glen, it's like losing family indeed.
We only have Ollie the other old English now and he's 12 and getting 'old' sadly. Thyroid issues too.
Redd really responds to friendly dogs and it's the only animal he seems to notice. They have goats and chickens at his school and he doesn't acknowledge them.
I'm guessing we'll just get another sheepy and see if the magic happens again. Maybe go and meet an autism trained dog to see how it all works. Then we can look at funding if it does look like more than just a pet with a badge. It's not like a blind or deaf assistance dog. It's more about watching out for and helping 'regularise' during those stressful moments, like new surroundings and experiences, which can be very challenging.