How A Service Dog Helps To Better The Life Of One Disabled Boy

by Caroline Bayard
This writer is a New Yorker with wanderlust. She loves good food, music, the beach, and storytelling.

It’s no secret that adopting a dog can completely change a person’s life for the better.

We’ve seen it happen time and time again in amazing stories like this woman who started over in the second half of her life, but nowhere is it truer than for people with service dogs.

These amazing pets have helped improve the lives of countless people who struggle with all kinds of disabilities. From veterans who face an everyday battle of post-traumatic stress disorder to seniors who need a little comforting and companionship in their old age, there is no denying that service dogs can be true lifesavers.

For many young people who are just starting out in life or struggling in school, these aide dogs can also help them form their own identity, find self-worth, achieve happiness and make friends.

Nathan Selove is one of these people. At 9 years old, Nathan was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism and between his seemingly never-ending meltdowns and being bullied by classmates, he was having a lot of trouble in school. However, when he and his parents adopted service dog Sylvia, everything started to change in a more positive direction

The following video tells the touching story of Nathan and Sylvia. Although times weren’t always smooth sailing for this duo, fighting to keep his best friend by his side really paid off for Nathan in the end. Hopefully sharing this can help others realize the benefit of service dogs!

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