Even when he was very little, the Hickey family noticed that something was wrong with their son Jonny. But the diagnosis was found quickly: the little Jonny was suffering from autism, a development disorder anchored deep in the brain that is normally accompanied by difficulties in social situations.
Jonny lived in his own world. No one was able to get to him, not even his own parents.
But the most beautiful moment of all is when Jonny, Xena, and the other two family dogs cuddle together at night and then peacefully fall to sleep. “Then you really know that you’ve done everything right!” says Jonny’s father proud. How right he is!
These pictures hit so deep. Xena’s dire condition at the beginning is burned into my eyes. But, it does so good to see how the two have pepped each other up and given each other strength. Share this wonderful synergy effect of the love between a boy and his dog!