When This Particular Boy Meets a Dog with Special Needs, It’s Magical

A young boy with a genetic disorder found a best friend in a dog who also has her own special needs. Together they embody what unconditional love is all about.

When This Particular Boy Meets a Dog with Special Needs, It’s Magical

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A young boy with a genetic disorder found a best friend in a dog who also has her own special needs. Together they embody what unconditional love is all about.

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Friendship comes in all forms. No pair proves this better than Ellie and Connor.

Eight-year-old Connor was born with a genetic condition called 22Q-deletion. He communicates primarily through signing and some verbal prompting, which has made it difficult for him to find friends—kids who are open to understanding his disability or who want to work with it.

“We wanted a companion for Connor. Somebody who loves him for him and who wants to genuinely to be around him,” says Connor’s mother, Brandi Guillet. “And that’s how Ellie came into the picture.”

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Ellie, a white bulldog mix, was born deaf. When Brandi called her local shelter to find out which dogs were available for adoption, she learned about Ellie. When she discovered that Ellie also responded to sign and knew her son could sign, the lightbulb went off.

“It was automatic,” says Connor’s dad, Chad Guillet, “[Connor] went right up to her, she gave him kisses. He loved it and started chasing her immediately.”

“The puzzle pieces just lined up perfectly for those two,” comments Ellie’s trainer, Jonathon Nowlin. He explains how Connor’s non-verbal issue and Ellie’s deafness have formed a bond in sign language. Their unique attributes allow them to be precisely the friend the other needs at this point in time.

“They don’t see each other’s disability,” Brandi says. “It’s absolutely… love.”

Watch the video to see more of this incredible, heart-warming friendship of a boy and his dog.


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