Evan has always had a hard time making friends. Often bullied and ignored because of kids not understanding why he might behave a bit differently, school life has been tough on the autistic child.

This all changed when Hazel came into his life. The golden retriever is a qualified service dog who was gifted to Evan and his family by kind strangers. They hoped the pup would help him bond with other kids in school. Not only is Hazel a trusty friend to Evan, but kids have started coming up to him at school to pet her, connecting with Evan at the same time.

My heart goes out to Evan and any other kids that have had to go through bullying. It’s nice to hear that he has a trusty friend now who loves him just the way he is.