Call me crazy, but I think people on the Autism Spectrum seem to have a “mystical connection” with their pets.  I know I do. I seem to trust my dog more than some of my human counterparts…and that’s saying something! I know my dog will never lose any love or respect for me. Hell, I could tell my dog I’d just murdered someone and she still wouldn’t judge me. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I don’t want to know. All I know is, animals for some unknown reason or another, seem to sense when something is “off” with their owners. Sickly as I am (with my heart condition and broken arm) I feel I am the one my dog is closest to. I remember when I broke my arm back in June of 2015 and had it operated on, when I got home, my dogs did not leave my side.

I had my old dog, Buster (God rest his soul. See ya in Heaven, buddy) put down a few years ago and it was probably the saddest thing I have ever had to handle. I lost my grandfather to lung cancer, but I was little then. This was more recent. I was in Alabama visiting my cousin for his military graduation and my dog was really sick. Like, sick to the point where he couldn’t even get up to go outside. Poor guy… So when we got home from Alabama, I was the first one in the house to see Buster. I am tearing up just writing this. Anyway, I had to go to my agency the next morning and my parents let me sleep downstairs with Buster in case he were to die in his sleep. The one thing that stands out very vividly in my mind is, When we got home, I said “I think Buster was waiting for us to get home so he could see us one more time.” My dad said “No. I think he was waiting for you so he could see you one more time.”

Going back to my original point, animals definitely have a connection with their owners. Write in if you have had similar experiences. Thanks and Happy 2018!

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

One thought on “AUTISM AND PETS”

  1. Me and my dog have a bond like that. Me and my little guy Merlin share a really special bond. He is always by my side when I am at my dad’s house. He doesn’t leave my side when I don’t feel well. A couple months ago he detected that my blood sugar was low by nudging at me to get my attention. It doesn’t matter how much of a bad day that I have had. He is right there for me wanting my love and attention. I love my little dog more then words will ever describe! He is my baby!


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