8-Year-Old Boy with Autism Now Loves Books Thanks To New Dog

Learning to read as a child was a daunting task. It wasn’t even half as easy for 8-year-old Keaton Cook.

Keaton, who has autism and sensory issues, used to have a meltdown at the sight of a book. Fortunately, that has since changed thanks to his two pet dalmatians.

“He gets stressed because he struggles to read and write. He’s very behind his peers,” his mother Gemma Cook, 34, told InsideEdition.com.

Keaton reads at a pre-school level and getting him to read has been a challenge at both school and home for a number of years.

According to Gemma Cook, something miraculous happened. Dotty (6 years old) and Charlie (3 years old) now sit quietly and patiently as Keaton reads to them. How did this even begin to happen?

Cook initially wanted to get a service dog for Keaton, but the waiting list was too long so she decided to try something with the dogs.

“I wanted to see if it [reading] could work with our dogs. I kind of made it so he would feel like he was helping the dogs and making them feel calm. I told him that the dogs loved to hear kids read,” said Cook. “So he started reading and the dogs came over and just sat next to him. They just sat there and listened to him.”

Ever since, Keaton has been reading to his two dogs every night.

“Every time he sits to read they do the same thing. It’s really emotional to see. It has made him feel really proud of himself and boosted his self-esteem, which is good,” Cook said.

Cook thinks Keaton’s strong bond with the dogs has contributed to this amazing moment.

“It’s like the dogs have a sixth sense,” Cook said. “They can sense when Keaton’s not okay or if he’s having a bad day, and they’ll try to help him. It’s lovely to have that. He has a very close bond with the dogs. He struggles with making friends, and if you asked him he’ll always say that the dogs are his best friends.”

Luckily, Keaton will always have a friend in his two loyal companions. They allowed him to read without any stress and hopefully they can help Keaton achieve more accomplishments down the road.

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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.

While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.

These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.

1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.

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3) Skye Terrier

Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.

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4) Beagle

This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.

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5) Shar-Pei

This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.

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