A dog rescued from the illegal dog meat trade has quickly become a friend and helper to a young boy diagnosed with both cerebral palsy and autism.
Miracle’s life didn’t start out so happy. He began life as a stray, living on the streets of northeast Thailand until he was taken from the streets and loaded into a truck with hundreds of other dogs to be used as meat in Hanoi.
On the way there, the truck was intercepted by the Soi Dog Foundation, a group that has being fighting the illegal dog trade for the past 4 years. After their rescue, the dogs were taken to a shelter built just for this situation in the northeast. And the search for Miracle’s adopters began.
Amanda Leask is from Scotland and already lives with three dogs from the Soi Dog Foundation. She realized she had room in her life to rescue one more and after she heard his story, Amanda knew she had to take Miracle.
Amanda’s son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism, and has difficulty communicating with other people. Amanda, having heard about how dogs can be a source of comfort for people with autism, decided to adopt Miracle.
Out of the four dogs, Amanda’s son, Kyle has bonded closest with Miracle. They appear to have a complete mutual understanding. When Kyle gets upset because he’s having difficulty communicating with others, Miracle will lie down next to him and comfort him.
“Miracle seems to automatically know when Kyle needs him.”
If Kyle just wants some attention, Miracle will come over and cover him with kisses. He even won the Crufts Eukanuba Friends For Life Award, beating out almost 200 other dogs. Amanda is sharing the £1,500 prize money between the Autistic Society and the Soi Dog Foundation.