James is never more than a few feet from his assistance dog, Mahe. The nine-year-old and his Labrador are inseparable, and that bond is especially important in situations that he finds stressful.
James has autism; he is unable to speak and won’t tolerate others touching him, so a recent trip to the hospital was not a fun idea at all.
Because of his seizures, James needed an MRI for a proper diagnosis. The compassionate folks at The Wellington Children’s Hospital could see just how intent Mahe was in protecting his human, and so he laid right in the bed with James. The boy’s mother told Stuff.co.nz:
[F]or Mahe, James is his best mate, he is all about James. […] He was just looking at James, and looking really worried.
When doctors administered the anesthetic, Mahe made sure James was doing okay by gently nudging his face. It has almost a magical quality to it, the way dogs establish a bond so deep, it surpasses even relationships with other humans.
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