On December 23rd Aiden (our first foster puppy) will turn 3. It’s crazy to think it was almost 3 years ago since we began fostering him for Autism Dog Services. I’m so glad we were given the opportunity to raise him and am so happy he was placed with such a remarkable family.
Aiden lives in Lindsay, Ontario with a middle-age couple and their two sons with autism – Kamaran and Matt. aiden is Kamaran’s autism service dog and attends school each day with him, along with other outings in the sometimes overwhelming world. We have had the chance to visit with them a couple of times since he was placed back in June of 2009 and are overjoyed with how well he is doing.
In September we took Canyon and Cessna to meet with them for lunch at a park in Lindsay. Aiden was beside himself with excitement as he realized it was us who pulled up in the truck beside them. As he was getting out of the van he ran directly to the back and put his paws on the tailgate to see who was with us. We had a quick McDonald’s lunch (Kam’s favourite) and played a short game of fetch. Kam thought it was great to watch the dogs wrestling and told us about his future plans of being the next Dr. Phil. It was funny to hear about what he planned to wear and how Aiden would be his side kick. His mom told us they had really begun to bond over the past few months and that Kam had actually started to call aiden when he wanted his attention. Near the end of our visit canyon decided it was a good idea to lay in a stinky mud puddle. Kamaran thought it was so funny and wanted Aiden to also join in, but he wouldn’t – I think Kam wanted Aiden to join Canyon so they wouldn’t have to return to school for the afternoon.
We get almost daily updates on how Aiden is doing through Kamaran’s mom and pictures on a pretty regular basis. Seeing the pictures make us miss him, but we know he’s doing what he needs to do and are so proud to have been his puppy raisers.
I hope you have a wonderful birthday our little carmel friend and Look forward to seeing what the future brings for you and Kamaran.