Devin and Archie
Archie came into our lives 1 ½ years ago, but it seems like he’s been with us so much longer. His is such a huge part of our family and we can’t imagine our lives without him.
Our 9 year old son, Devin, was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. I will be completely honest, it has been a struggle. Before Devin received his therapy dog, Archie, he really didn’t socialize with anyone or want to be in group settings. If we were at a family gathering, Devin would find a coat or blanket to put over his head. Since Archie, he is much more interactive with family and friends. We had a party at our house and Devin was actually the center of attention. I really attribute this change to Archie coming into his life.
Anytime we leave the house, Devin wants to come home so he can be with Archie. He calls his name and gets very excited when it’s time to go home to Archie. Archie truly is Devin’s companion. He sleeps with Devin every night, he lays with Devin while he watches TV and when Devin is upset, Archie can sense it and actually comforts him.
As you can see, Archie is part of our family. I can’t thank ADAI enough for this wonderful gift they provided to our family. Devin now has a special companion that will be there for him no matter what. Devin’s best friend, Archie!