I am a dog person. Anyone who has seen me around town with my enormous Labrador sticking her head out of my compact car knows I’m a sucker for a dog story. So, when my mom told me about an autistic boy who had lost his service dog, my heart went out to him. I prayed for days that God would reunite the boy with his dog. God is so good. A family found and returned the dog to his boy after a two-week separation.

So, with that on my mind, I turned on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 show the other day.The episode featured Baker, a Golden Retriever service dog who has brought joy, friendship, and independence to a teen named Emily. She received her dog from a group called Canines for Disabled Kids.

I cried while watching the show. Service dogs are such a blessing to so many families. As a mother of a child with a disability, future independence and friendships are two of the things I worry about for my daughter. I know we aren’t supposed to worry, but there are times when I wonder what life will be like for her as she grows older. I loved the story so much that I went to the website for Canines for Disabled Kids and found another story about Erica and Baker. Wow.

Also check out Canine Companions for Independence website.