According to the You Tube description, “This video was produced by the ASPCA and was debuted at the Awards Ceremony on Nov. 21 2013….Xena, The Warrior Puppy ASPCA Dog of the Year!” It is one hell of a video and is a must watch. I totally loved it and make sure to watch till the end!
Jonny Hickey was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and struggled with anxiety and many other issues. The entire Hickey family had a difficult time, but their entire world was about to change. When Jonny’s mom saw a news story about a horribly abused and neglected pit bull, she adopted the dog, named Xena, and brought her into their home. No one had any idea what was about to follow.
These parents didn’t tell their children, not even Johnny, that Xena was coming to live with them. She came for a trial run, and Johnny’s mom put Xena and their other dog in the car when she went to pick her kids up from school. When Johnny saw Xena in the car, the bond was immediate. He hugged the dog and she kissed him, and that was that.
Now these two are inseparable. Xena fell into the role of therapy dog without any real training, and Johnny came out of his shell and began to take care of both dogs, even feeding them. His anxiety lessened, his performance at school improved dramatically, and now he wants to interact with people. What a hero this dog is.
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