Service dog is constant best friend to boy with autism, even during a hospital stay

CREDIT: Isaac family

WELLINGTON (WCMH)–Mahe the dog has been a wonderful addition to James Isaac’s family.

The nine-year-old boy has profound autism, so leaving the house is very stressful for his family. His mother Michelle told TODAY that James is very impulsive, and is not aware of dangerous situations–like busy streets.

But since Mahe joined the Isaac family two years ago, James’ parents say he has changed their lives.

“He is a real part of the family now,” Michelle Isaac told TODAY. “The main thing he does is help to keep James safe and calm when he’s out.”

James had to go to the hospital earlier this month to get an MRI after some unexplained seizures. Mahe was able to snuggle next to him on the bed before the procedure.

“He got his face really close to James, who was asleep by that point, and he reached in to sniff him,” Michelle Isaac said to Today. “He looked really concerned. It was quite touching.”

After James was out of surgery, Mahe was allowed to get back onto the bed with him as he woke up. His mother said having the dog there made James a lot less anxious about waking up from the anesthesia. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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