Today is World Autism Day, to recognize the struggles and contributions such a growing number in our population face.
We are making strides in learning how to bring all those with Autism to full potential, but we have a long way to go. Unfortunately, it seems we will have more and more to learn from as time moves forward, numbers of Autistic children continue to climb.
Many question why the increase, some believe the vaccines, some, the harmful additives in food and living environment.
I truly believe dogs can struggle with a type of canine autism. I have seen it firsthand in dogs I have loved and accepted, each bringing his and her own little suitcase of baggage and struggles with first paw steps inside my home.
I credit Temple Grandin for helping me better understand my own dogs’ struggles. We live in a world where I don’t see animal consumption ending anytime soon. Temple has autism, and she is one of the most recognized doctors of animal science in this country. Through her sensitive eyes, she is helping remove the misconception that animals do not suffer as humans, she is designing better ways for the meat industry (well, as best a way as possible, until all mankind stops extinguishing another energy to fuel his own.)
In a perfect world, we would recognize the connection and preciousness of all life. But our world is not perfect. Each one of us, in spite of whatever struggles or challenges we bring into this world with us, has a special contribution to make. Autism need not limit the contributions of so many talented and brilliant minds, such as Temple’s.
The connection between canines and autism is wonderful in another way, canine companions are helping autistic children and adults reach fuller potentials than previously ever expected. They are indeed, a perfect pair, it seems. One day we will realize how all life can communicate and connect……..
In a perfect world, we would need no design for slaughter pens; but our world is not perfect…….
Not yet…….thank you Dr. Grandin for opening this imperfect world’s eyes, including mine.
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