When Aaron Maher turned 3, he didn’t celebrate like other children his age. Sorcha, Aaron’s mother, had to stay in a separate room with Aaron while his birthday celebrations were going on as groups of people and noise upset him. Days later Aaron’s parents were told he had autism.

Aaron Brian and Assistance Dog Mundy
Aaron, Brian and Assistance Dog Mundy

“We were really upset by the diagnosis and worried that he would never have friends, never talk. We were concerned about the quality of life he would have in the future”, Sorcha says.

Expert therapy and excellent care meant that Aaron’s communication skills improved tremendously. However, no amount of treatment was helping his social anxiety. He couldn’t bear to be in noisy public places because he’s unable to filter out the background noise and it becomes overwhelming, triggering a meltdown. The Mahers would avoid going out as much as possible

“Mundy restores the peace in our daily lives.”

To help with this, the Mahers applied for an assistance dog for Aaron. In 2013, they welcomed Mundy in to their home and he has transformed their lives. “Before we got Mundy our lives were full of stress. We avoided going out as much as possible”, Sorcha says. “Mundy calms Aaron and in doing so he restores the peace in our daily lives. Now we can go anywhere in public and when Aaron gets overwhelmed, Mundy calms his anxiety.”

Aaron and Assistance Dog  Mundy
Aaron and Assistance Dog Mundy

Mundy is part of the family now and he benefits the whole household. “Before Mundy we had to plan everything. Now we have greater freedom and flexibility. We don’t think twice about going on a family outing now.”

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