There’s been a lot in the news here lately about service dogs for those with autism. Even today, there was news about an autistic boy that can’t stand to be touched but immediately cuddled up with his new service dog. We became aware of service dogs about two years ago and after some research decided two things; 1, getting a service dog that has been specifically trained to work with autistic individuals was completely out of our budget and 2, we would rather try to adopt another rescue dog that was more known to be good with children and could be trained for our needs for J. So with all that said, I would like to introduce you to our new addition, Scooter!!!
Scooter’s a 3 year old black lab boxer mix. So cute! He came all the way from Texas but we discovered him at a local humane society rescue. He considers himself a lap dog, loves having his ears scratched, monitors the squirrels outside but doesn’t bark which is a shocker, knows to go to the restroom outside, will play catch with rolled up paper, doesn’t know if he enjoys the cool hard floors on his tummy vs the comfy couches for his back & is a joy to have around our home.
When we decided to start looking we took J to the state humane society a few different times but the dogs that we were looking for weren’t available. Then we finally remembered about our local county rescue and that is were we found Scooter. He was one of two dogs that J really showed an interest in. We luckily were able to do a meet & greet in a few short days with Scooter both for J to be able to see and touch him and to introduce him with our much smaller dog Oliver. Everything went really well and the next day we picked up Scooter for a day at home with us. The ladies at the rescue contacted us to see how the day was going and because it was going so well, we were able to adopt him that very day. So happy that everything worked out so well.
We’ve now had Scooter with us for a week and it’s been a great addition. J has slowly grained more of an interest as the week has gone on. At first, he would only pet him real quick if we asked him to but now he’s very interested in Scooter’s tail since it is constantly moving back & forth. And when J is sitting on the floor he doesn’t become as alarmed as earlier this week when he notices the big dog next to him, even reaching out to do a quick pet without being asked. Right now our focus is to get everyone comfortable with each other completely and to house proof our home for a larger dog. Definitely wasn’t prepared for the amount of shedding (we’ll be sweeping the floors and vacuuming the couches more often) or the superficial scratches to our hard floors (so we will also will be putting a floor protectant down to help with that). In time, we want to get Scooter used to laying and sleeping in the new bed we got him so we don’t have to kennel him at night and ultimately get some training for him to assist and monitor J, emotionally & physically. We are hoping they become the best of friends!