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IN Animals ON 04 Nov, 2015
Caleb Howard of Huntsville, Utah, went through a terrible head-on collision at a very young age. As a result to this disastrous accident, he had to suffer from several broken bone injuries and, the worst of all, a traumatic brain injury that left the little child in critical condition. Doctors responded that he had very low chances of recovery. Caleb was unresponsive, and his father and grandmother had very little hopes left.
After a lot of efforts, when nothing seemed to be working, Caleb was introduced to a new and a unique therapy. Wherein he was introduced to Colonel, a specially trained Golden Retriever (A Dog breed). Company of the dog charged Caleb right up. The dog was the same size as the child himself. There was a noticeable and remarkable change in his motivation and awareness, and his conditions started to improve slowly.
After watching Colonel for the first time, Caleb's alertness and attention were immediately triggered, and his progress and condition was dramatically improved.
According to his young therapist Lisa Barnes, kids like Caleb, who go through such major accidents, often tend to get depressed and lack motivation to try and regain mobility. Colonel being such a patient and friendly dog plays an important role to help him with this problem, by motivating Caleb to play with him. His grandmother agrees. "I noticed that every time he would see Colonel, he was more alert," she says "There was a little step in his awareness and [Caleb]...would do a little bit more than what he'd already been doing."