Sometimes you just never know what will happen when you bring together a boy and a dog.
Julian has now met over ten dogs and encountered many more.
Some dogs make him curious.
Some dogs make him laugh.
Some dogs make him giggle.
Some dogs make him calm.
Some dogs make him want to play.
Some dogs make him want to cuddle.
Some dogs still make him uneasy, but he has learned to work through these feelings.
Some dogs make him focus.
Some dogs make him dream.
Some dogs make him brave.
Last week his family participated in the 4th Annual Autism 5k Race for Hope/Fun Walk in Las Vegas and at the end of the walk, Julian came across two dogs with their family. In the past he would have started running away from the dogs, a dangerous situation for sure. But this time he stood his ground and asked the owner if he could pet the dog.
Amidst the stimuli and excitement of the event all around him, Julian did the right thing, he asked if he could pet the dog, he let the dog greet him by sniffing and he gently touched the dog when the owner gave him permission.
This was the real test of all these months of working with the Love Dogs. Can Julian be out in the real world and communicate his thoughts and feelings and encounter new things and react appropriately.