Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love
There are children so isolated—as a result of illness, disability, or calamity—as to seem unreachable.
But a profoundly solitary child may give friendship a try if the playmate and helper who shows up is a service dog.
The dogs dispatched to families around the globe by the non-profit Ohio-based service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, perform miracles of love and empathy.
And yet current scientific research into the emotional and cognitive abilities of dogs suggests these are not “miracles” at all, because intelligence, devotion, and sensitivity are woven into the very nature of dogs.