Harris was born with Spina Bifida, a condition that affects his strength and mobility. He attends weekly therapy at Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend and works very hard at each session.
Harris is being home-schooled this year and his mom thought that having a “service” dog would be a great addition to his daily life.
Through a friend, they heard about a Golden Retriever that was expecting. The breed is known for being great service dogs.
Harris visited the expectant mom weekly and saw Buttercup on the day she was born.
“Buttercup was the size of a hamster,” Harris explained.
At eight weeks old, Buttercup came home with Harris and the love and friendship blossomed.
Harris’ family assisted with all the training that is required of a young puppy. Now Buttercup is 5 months old, and the benefits to Harris are unfolding.
“Harris cherishes the companionship Buttercup brings, especially during the day when his siblings are at school,” his mom explains. “Many times he chooses to cuddle and brush Buttercup instead of playing video games. Harris is also learning responsibility by feeding her and taking her out.”
Harris practices balance as he bends to pet Buttercup
“Physically, Buttercup also provides Harris training in gross motor and fine motor skills. Harris grips a sock for a game of tug-o-war, or controls his hand to feed Buttercup his vitamins. He has to practice balance and stability when he squats to get his bowl, or holds the leash to take him for walks.”
“Also, Buttercup is very astute to Harris’s disabilities and walks very differently when Harris has him on the leash.”
Buttercup and Harris, more than just a boy and his dog!