William Grimes is a 6-year-old boy from Lansing, Michigan, and he has been diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder; which means William has trouble taking in some sensory information and knowing how to respond to it. William’s mom Kristy Grimes says that he had a hard time going outside, he would be scared to go to the playground or even into the yard to play.
But there was one time when William seemed better able to handle his environment, and that was when he was at a playgroup where he met another persons pet duck. William was able to engage in the play and conversation while sitting and petting the duck. The idea of a service animal had been around but this cemented it. So the family started looking and that is when they found Jay.
Jay is a dog with a sad history, abuse and worse, but as animals; especially dogs, often do Jay maintained a loving and caring demeanor. That was made clear when the Kalamazoo Animal Rescue introduced her to the Grimes family and upon meeting William she bumped him to the ground and proceeded to lick his face. William was smitten and the two have been inseparable.
An older, battered dog, and a young tentative boy, have both found new life together and while Jay now has a loving home and a new job which is much happier than her last, William has been able to blossom and go out into the world and deal with the difficulties he will face in life with more confidence. Read more about their journeys before and after meeting and watch the two play in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Image and Story from CBS News.