A mother of a five-year-old boy with Autism has shared the heartwarming story of how a service dog brought joy to her son's life.
She posted a photo on the Love What Matters Facebook page showing her son Kainoa with their new Autism service dog Tornado, who they had waited for two years to receive.
She explained that because of his condition, she is unable to 'hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch [him] freely'. She wrote about the emotion she felt when she saw that he had made such an instant, meaningful connection with Tornado.
"This is the face of a mom who has seen her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend. Any friend. Any kind of connection.
"She has sat with her son while he has cried at night for months because he has no consistent connections outside of the family no matter how hard he tries and no matter what he works hard on in his Autism therapies.
"And now she is sitting behind her son silently watching this moment, with the air sucked from her lungs, and no words to say."
Other parents quickly jumped to share their own incredible experiences with service dogs in the comments and related to her story.
Dogs really are man's best friend!