A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an by Nuala Gardner

By Nuala Gardner

"The remarkable tale of a family members with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his incapacity due to the specified bond he varieties with Henry, a golden retriever dog ... this can be a interesting and encouraging real-life account." - lady & domestic a chum like henry The amazing actual tale of an autistic boy and the puppy that unlocked his global while Jamie and Nuala Gardner selected a dog for his or her son, Dale, they were not a regular family members opting for a standard puppy. Dale's autism was once so critical that the smallest deviation from his regimen may well impress a terrifying tantrum. family members lifestyles used to be virtually destroyed through his , and his mom and dad spent so much in their waking hours attempting to holiday into their son's autistic international and provides him the assistance he so desperately wanted. yet after years of continuous attempt and sluggish growth, the Gardners' lives have been reworked once they welcomed a brand new member into the family members, Henry, a stunning golden retriever dog. The bond among Dale and his puppy could swap their lives ... "This touching tale is an emotional rollercoaster." - e-book overview "Emotionally charged, this can be a tale that increases robust concerns in a deeply own and insightful manner." - Irish Examiner

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Even Jamie couldn’t ignore that our little pup had made an impact already. We woke up the next morning to two things: the surprise that there was no Dale in the middle of our bed and a lot of noise from him downstairs. ” asked Jamie, half out of bed to go and check what Dale was up to. “Wait,” I told him. “That’s not commotion, it’s communication. ” We sat in bed, mesmerized by what was going on in the lounge downstairs. ” All of this was punctuated with shrieks of laughter and little yelps from Henry as the two of them engaged in boisterous play together.

But instead of freaking out, he dragged her over to the tree. Although he still had no language, she nevertheless understood that he wanted a repeat performance of shaking the branch, so she decided to humor him as a means of getting him out of the park without a tantrum. My poor mum stood there shaking that one branch for almost an hour before Dale was satisfied, but it did the trick, and he left the park peacefully. “Shaking the tree” became a regular part of the Wellpark experience and considerable time for it had to be built into the program.

In seconds, however, I was overwhelmed by emotion and broke down, sobbing as never before. I had been holding it all in for so long, perhaps knowing on some unconscious level that if I once let go, it would be impossible to stop. After a while, though, my grief was interrupted by the sound of breaking glass, accompanied by Dale’s cries of joy and laughter. Smash, laugh, smash, and a louder laugh. I hurried to find him standing barefoot at a cupboard door in a sea of broken wine glasses. I froze as he lifted up the next glass.

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