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An Adorable Shelter Dog Helped An Autistic Boy Hug His Mother For The First Time

Joey Granados was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was seven years old. Asperger’s is a disorder that exists on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. In kindergarten, he got suspended from school six times for behavior he couldn’t control. This has made many aspects of his life difficult. Sitting in class was extremely challenging. There were times when he was prone to hitting himself. His disorder also affected his home life. He was repulsed by physical contact, which meant that his mother Amanda Granados was unable to hug or kiss him for years. She had basically given up on the idea, until Roxy entered their lives.

She went straight to him

Roxy is a pit bull that the family found at the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Los Angeles. “As soon as Roxy met Joey, she totally ignored me and his mother,” said adoptions specialist Denise Landaverde. “Amanda was happily surprised to see Roxy go straight to Joey and watch them play together. It just sealed the deal for her.”

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A friendship is born

Joey has fallen in love with his new pet. “I didn’t have too many friends growing up, but then we got Roxy and I’ve been able to make friends ever since” Joey said. “At home, I’ve been able to hold my mom’s hand, kiss her, hug her and do a lot of things that I hadn’t been able to do growing up.” The dog has opened up his heart.

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