Relentless Dog Makes Friends With Toddler With Down Syndrome

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 4, 2013   |   5:45PM   |   Washington, DC

There’s a new A-team in  Buenos Aires: meet Himalaya the Labrador and three-year-old Hernan. Hernan was born with Down syndrome, and, according to his mother, he is a very guarded little boy. He doesn’t connect very much with other people.

But that didn’t stop the beautiful Labrador Himalaya from striking up a friendship. Himalaya patiently nudges Hernan until the little boy warms up to him. A four-minute YouTube video, shared by Hernan’s mother, captures the scene as the new friendship was formed.

It took over three minutes of gentle interaction on Himalaya’s part before Hernan finally leaned in for a hug. But it was worth the wait: the video’s heartwarming ending is sure to have you hitting repeat, and sharing the story with friends and family. In a culture where Down syndrome children are often not recognized as the treasures that they are, stories like this one are encouraging.



LifeNews Note: Lauren is a Legislative Associate for Texas Right to Life and a graduate of Ave Maria University. This post originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.