Meet Merlin - An Autism Service Dog in Training!

 
Our Club Administrator and member, Shelley Beaumont, went to North Carolina last weekend with her Autistic Son, Pierce, and Sr. Daughter, Karly.  The Beaumont family has been working since 2016 to acquire a service dog for their son.  After a lengthy application process and waiting period, they were finally able to meet the puppy that was picked as a match.  As you can see, Pierce LOVED the puppy!  
 
Pierce's dog, a Labradoodle, will be named Merlin as Pierce has a particular love of elemental magic and fire balls.  His new side kick has 4-6 more months more of specialized training before he is able to join the family this summer.   Merlin will be specially trained to help pierce during periods of anxiety, tantrums, redirect him when self harming, provide deep pressure sensory relief (by squashing him when upset, or by letting Pierce rub on his joints when anxious).  The family is really excited to have Merlin in time for Pierce to transition to high school and beyond!
 
 
 
The family is in the middle of some intense fundraising and if you would like to help donate to the purchase and training of Merlin, please see Shelley for details.