Today’s session with Julian was so simple, yet extraordinary things happened.
Benny was exceptionally quiet and calm and Julian let him cuddle all the way into his lap while he was reading. How steady Julian kept his focus on the book was extraordinary considering this was the closest Benny had ever been while reading. At times Julian looked right at Benny and the little dog looked right back. We had two boys just enjoying each other’s company.
The most amazing moment came when Benny did something he had never done while working – he gave one little bark. He heard the therapy swing going back and forth outside our room and it squeaked! Benny had never heard that exact sound before so he picked up his head and barked one soft bark as if to say “What is that?”
Julian did not flinch. He kept his focus on the story and petted Benny gently. It was all over for both boys.
I told Julian that we should show Benny what made that noise so he would know it next time and not bark. I explained that’s how we get him used to new things so he is not scared or concerned.
We continued with our hour and Julian held Benny closer than ever, cradling him in his arms. Julian read a Pet Partner Interactions magazine and found the article about him. He saw the picture of himself with Kirby right away and was thrilled.
Then we played one of the Kyjen games and Benny had such fun and Julian squealed with joy as Benny used his paws and nose to find the little treat.
Next I wanted to show Julian how Benny is learning to “dance.” That was so silly! But Julian likes to dance to get the wiggles out so I thought Benny would enjoy it too. And he did!
As we were concluding the hour we went to the swing to show Benny what made the sound. Benny had no problem with it and sat with Julian as they rocked back and forth. What a lovely way to end the session.
We walked to our car and as usual, Julian helped Benny into his car seat. He was very careful and methodical about folding up the leash so it wouldn’t get caught anywhere. Such love for the little dog was evident.
A very simple day.
But so many extraordinary things happened.