Image of Yellow Lab representing story about Down Syndrome boy

A very patient Lab, Himalaya, worked very hard to gently make friends with a Down Syndrome little boy. The boy, Hernan, was curious about the dog, but he was also uncomfortable and unsure.

Hernan scooted toward the dog to check her out, but he stopped a little distance away. Himalaya slowly and delicately stretched out the rest of the way to put her paws on the little boy’s feet.

She then placed herself as low and non-threatening as she could. Hernan scooted away, slightly uncomfortable. But he didn’t go far.


The dog gave him a little time and then slowly scooted on her belly toward him again to touch him. Still a little uncomfortable, Hernan backed off again, but he didn’t run away. He stayed put.

Himalaya then rolled on her side and extended a paw to touch him, to make herself as vulnerable as possible in the hope that he’d engage with her.

His discomfort pushed him away again, but Himalaya didn’t give up. After a number of efforts, she finally tried a more motherly approach, sitting upright and placing her paw very gently on the little boy’s shoulder.

The game continued and the dog was incredibly patient, kind, and gentle. And it eventually paid off! You see Hernan lean over and hug her neck.

It’s no wonder dog is man’s best friend. Dogs are so amazing, non-judgmental, and surprisingly in-tune with different individuals’ needs and capacities.

It reminds me of a couple quotes:

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton

And another favorite quote of mine:

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ” – Roger A. Caras

Watch the video below for a heartwarming experience.

Thank you to James Joseph Stenson for posting this video about a Down Syndrome Boy and Sweet Dog on YouTube



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