Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Truly Dynamic Duo

This is just too good to pass up. And, I confess, I'm a sucker for animal stories.

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The more you learn about Joy Lauffenburger and her dog, Goldie, the more amazed you will be.
Joy is an 18-year-old high school senior from Oklahoma who was diagnosed with autism as a 7-year-old. Goldie is her closest friend, a 9-year-old basenji mix who at one point was in a high-kill shelter, on the verge of being euthanized, and who has become a certified therapy and service dog. More, though, she has become the love of Joy's life.
"The way their relationship evolved was better than anyone could have dreamed of," says Liz Newton, president of Basenji Rescue and Transport, a national organization that saves some 300 basenjis a year.

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