I wish I could say my son loved and related to animals, but I can’t. I read about other kids with neuroatypicality similar to his (ADHD & Asperger’s Syndrome) who bond with pets, and I am jealous. My son – we call him Clark Kent – never has.
When he was seven, we bought a puppy. Theoretically, this was going to be his dog. What a fine, handsome yellow lab puppy he was, too. Cowboy would have loved nothing more than to be Clark’s dog, to fetch him sticks, to play chase, to splash in the mud together. Except Clark had no interest in the real live animal. Cowboy couldn’t outshine a book or a computer game, for instance.
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