Thursday, May 27, 2010
Companion Dog Helps Teen With Autism
TUSCUMBIA,Ohio - Lorelai wouldn't allow a little rainfall to ruin Hudson Kendrick's day.
During a recent stormy afternoon, the Bernese Mountain dog hung diligently with Hudson, a 14-year-old who has autism.
Hudson was visibly upset and pointed toward the sky to show his parents, Joel and Lisa Kendrick, that it was raining.
"Storms scare him," Lisa Kendrick said. With a soothing voice, Hudson's mom assured him that he's OK. She then said, "Pet Lorelai."
The dog nudged against Hudson and he stroked her back a few times.
"People ask, 'What can a dog do for Hudson?'" Joel Kendrick said. "It's hard to explain. There's so many little things. They add up to big things."