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Animal Companion Stories

Recommended posts about friendships with pets and other animals, especially in relation to the autism spectrum.

Also about autism service dogs.

A date with Lucy | Bunny Hopscotch

Every day is a special day, another date, with Beautiful Lucy. Even the low days. In fact, Lucy has made every single bad day that much more bearable because she is in it. Today was a sensorially challenging day. I am rambling now, I can feel the words just dribbling down without much cohesive control....

 
A date with Lucy is one of many beautiful chapters in the story about Dawn-joy’s evolving friendship with her greyhound Lucy. Lucy started as a foster dog, got to stay, became Dawn-joy's Mind Service Dog for adult autism, and is now the first service dog on the grounds of the University of New South Wales.

The Camp Dog and the Poundie | History of Bad Parties

Our dogs Spirit* and Nala* are my third and fourth dogs, first dogs in Australia, and first ever rescue dogs.

Kindred Souls | Musings of an Aspie

Four years ago, The Scientist and I adopted a dog. This is Emma, a few days after we brought her home: Emma was a rescue. She spent nearly 3 months in the shelter system. The week we adopted her, she was featured in the shelter's weekly newspaper ad that highlights the hard cases.

My cat is my hero | The Third Glance

E’s cat adoption story and what her cats mean to her.

A date with Lucy | Bunny Hopscotch

Every day is a special day, another date, with Beautiful Lucy. Even the low days. In fact, Lucy has made every single bad day that much more bearable because she is in it. Today was a sensorially challenging day. I am rambling now, I can feel the words just dribbling down without much cohesive control....

 
A date with Lucy is one of many beautiful chapters in the story about Dawn-joy’s evolving friendship with her greyhound Lucy. Lucy started as a foster dog, got to stay, became Dawn-joy's Mind Service Dog for adult autism, and is now the first service dog on the grounds of the University of New South Wales.

Meet Elle and Kobash: an autism service dog team | Letters from Aspergia

Elle's known for years that she feels better around animals. Now, the Gold Coast Aspie and creator of Planet Aspergia has her own service dog: Kobash, a Blue Heeler-Kelpie cross.

Do children on the autistic spectrum benefit from assistance dogs? | Human Animal Science

How do parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) perceive the value of assistance dogs? It's a new area of research for Louise Burgoyne at the University College Cork in Ireland. Louise holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, a Masters in Marketing and a Bachelor of Art in Applied Psychology.