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Adorable Rescue Dog Bonds With 9-Year-Old Autistic Boy (VIDEO)

When Jonny Hickey turned eight-months-old, his parents learned that the young boy suffered from autism. Everything was a challenge, from teaching him to read, to showing him how to dress himself. Little Jonny was also very quiet and reserved, speaking very few words, even to his parents.

Enter Xena the Warrior Puppy, a pit bull puppy who made headlines after being found near-death. Suffering from months of abuse and starvation, veterinarians said there was only a 1% chance the dog would live. Jonny’s mother became fixated on Xena’s story, praying for the dog, and faithfully checking the news every morning to see if the dog made it through the night. Once it became clear the dog would live, Jonny’s mother wanted to adopt Xena. Despite some hesitation on the part of Jonny’s father, the family adopted Xena, and the effect was instantaneous. “The dog had such an impact on our son that tens of thousands of dollars worth of therapies didn’t have,” said Grant Hickey. Watching the bond form between Xena and Jonny is adorable, and the way they’ve improved each other’s lives has been inspiring! Watch the heartwarming video below:

Adorable Rescue Dog Bonds With 9-Year-Old Autistic Boy (VIDEO)

If you liked this video, watch this precious puppy shake the hand of his rescuer!

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