Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Getting a New 'Leash' on Life

KINGSTON, Mich. — Nearly five years ago, Kingston native Pamala (Steele) Fountain began a journey to place a companion dog with her son, Spencer, who was diagnosed with Autism.
On Sunday, her hard work and dedication paid off when they left their home in Midland and went to California, where one of the nation’s best facilities for service dogs, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), is located.
Spencer was only four- years-old when his mother began her search. He had been diagnosed with Autism, a developmental disorder that can interfere with a child's ability to communicate, relate to others and control behavior and emotions. After researching, Fountain had learned that there were service dogs for children with autism called "companion dogs" who were bred to be calm, reliable and affectionate and that could serve as a social bridge to others.

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