The C-D-C says more than three and a half million
people live with a disorder on the autism spectrum.
There's no cure for autism .
but it can be managed with the right type of care
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with how one
Mike and Martha,
Living with autism is different for everyone.
For 12-year-old Logan Haines in Soldier's Grove.
his mom says he sometimes has trouble communicating
and can get worked up over situations rather quickly.
his family has decided to go the four-legged route.
and get him a dog.
But getting the dog *here* is a miracle in itself.
and truly an act of selflessness by complete strangers.
take a look.
I just took an instant liking to her once I saw her.
12-year-old Logan Haines,along with his mom Shannon
and sister Megan, is at the Vernon County Humane
Society to see his new friend.
we have an instant bond
A dog named Cherie.
I mean right when we walked through the door I started
He didn't speak much.
He was just instantly drawn to her, it was instantanious.
He was able to kiss her nose and be straight up in
her face and she loved it, she adored it.
Shannon and Megan are hoping Cherie will help Logan
manage his autism.
which he was diagnossed with when he was 6-years-old
It's absolutely hard.
It's heartbreaking at times because some of the things
he does, he can act out which he hasn't done in a
long time, but he doesn't realize he is doing it.
Sometimes it's the video game, sometimes he is frustrated
with not being able to say something right away because
he does have a stutter.
As a mom, it makes me feel helpless.
I don't know what triggered it, it's hard to get it
out of him and I don't know how to help him right
then and there.
Shannon says as Logan's needs continue to evolve.
a four-legged friend will be able to grow with him.
Logan has been struggling lately with meltdowns and
emotional things going on so medications we're trying
to work through those, as he grows though everything
changes, so medications have to change so we are just
trying to find someone for Logan.
That someone is Cherie.
but her journey here has been a long one too
She was scheduled to be euthanized.
I got a call from the rescue coordinator asking if
we would be willing to take three dogs scheduled to
be euthanized, I said heck yes and we ended up getting
But before Sheree could come to Wiscosnin.
she went to a foster home for a bit...
They don't go from one shelter to another usually.
And that's where the family taking care of Cherie
at the time.
fell in love with her.
She was with a gal named Sherry and her great neice
fell madly in love with this dog.
So in love.
that the foster family wanted to adopt Cherie.
They loved her.
when they found out Cherie was going to be a companion
for a Wisconsin boy with autism.
the foster family decided to put their own feelings
and send her to Logan.
It's the most amazing thing that there are still beautiful
people out there willing to give up what they love
so someone else can have happiness.
didn't come to Wisconsin empty handed.
This isn't the normal transport, you usually get a
To make sure Logan was up to date on everything ...the
little girl sent an entire binder and bag for Logan
Food, treats, a blanket.
Including a personal note.
The great niece wrote out different things that Cherie
needs to have: a fan blowing when she sleeps, likes
her belly rubbed, loves to sleep in bed, will sit
by door to go outside.
We read her letter and it just made us cry.
It makes me hurt for that little girl because I can't
even imagine fostering this dog and falling in love
with her and still being able to think beyond themselves
and to think about Logan and let her come here.
We are going to play outside ....and what she has
done for Logan
You just gave Logan a friend he will have for a very
I am sure this will come back to her.
She has done more good than she can possibly imagine,
especially at that young of an age.
And that good.
includes 7 little puppies.
there is still good and I really believe that, not
everyone is bad, not everything is bad, but there
is always always a blessing around the corner, like
Maybe I can teach her how to talk in human words.
Sheree has been home for about a month now and the
family has actually decided to change her name to
And yes, they plan on staying in touch with the Foster
family and sending monthly updates to them.
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