Just like Petey used to be, pre-Cowboy.

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.

To read the rest, click here: http://special-ism.com/must-love-dogs/, and you will arrive on my full post at Special-Isms, a new website devoted to parenting special needs kids.


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10 Responses to Must love dogs.

  1. Eric says:

    I hope people go over that site and read this one. It provides a really good insight and is a great discussion starter about an important topic on the minds of parents of kids like Clark.

  2. so…if a pet, who i’m not really interested in, suddenly bonds with ME….what does THAT mean?

  3. Terri Sonoda says:

    Hi Pamela; Just popped over and read the article. It was quite interesting. Who knew that empathy for little Petey would be the key to Clark’s core. My grandson has Aspbergers and the rare times I do get to see him, he’s always way too busy to be fussed over. He’s 6 years old and endlessly energized. Makes me dizzy. He’s also interested in all things computer. I know he has an uphill climb ahead, but his family is dedicated to his, as yours is Clark. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  4. That was a really good article. I wasn’t into animals at all until I was in my late 20’s and someone dumped a cat on me. It was an independent cuss which is why I liked him (low maintenance). We all knew Petey was special so now I appreciate him even more for what he’s given Clark Kent – and what CK has given him!

    • Pamela says:

      Yes, Petey is special. And he gets the “special” in Clark. They may never be best buds, but they are good together, and it is a blessing.

  5. –Pamela,
    I’ll click over to read your article.

    Ohhhh, I soooo Love Petey. How is he doing with one eye? xx

    • Pamela says:

      The only time it is a problem (one eye) is when we are out running and his bad eye is to the traffic side of the sidewalk. Then he wants to swing his head around to watch for the source of the scary noises. The direction he faces is the one in which he runs, so he is literally almost running into the traffic! We now run on the other sdide of the road.

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