How a Dog Helped This Boy With Autism Finally Say the Words His Mother Needed to Hear

Oliver Smith, a 6-year-old boy with autism, had never said the words “I love you.” Then, he met Lucy.

Lucy is the Smith family’s “buddy dog,” and she is there to help Oliver because, in addition to autism, Oliver lives with epilepsy, cerebral palsy and visual impairment, BBC News reported. Lucy and Oliver bonded at once and have been inseparable ever since.

He opened up to us through her,” Sarah Smith, Oliver’s mother, told the outlet. “He’d never said ‘I love you’ before, but he said it to Lucy after meeting her for 30 seconds. Then after the first month, I phoned him one night, I was away with work, and he said, ‘I’ve got something to tell you mommy. I love you.'”

See Lucy and Oliver together in the video below: 


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