Boy With Nonverbal Autism Lights Up When He Gets A Puppy During Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has been mentally taking on all of us – but it’s been especially hard for those with mental health issues or disabilities. We’re all in this together, and we’re all trying our best to cope however way we can.

And in the midst of the lockdown, one young boy with autism received the best present from his parents in order to help him cope with the quarantine: a puppy! Hayden Morrison a four-year-old boy with nonverbal autism who lives in Enniskillen, in Northern Ireland.

Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Because of the lockdown restrictions, Hayden has had a tough time coping since his normal routines have been disrupted, and worse still, there is no set time when he can expect to go back to those routines.

As his father, Carl Morrison shared with the DailyMail, “He was used to going to school every day, going to both sets of grandparents on set days. He would go to the park or go swimming, so he got very frustrated about being stuck in the house. He was having a lot of meltdowns.”

In an attempt to help Hayden better cope with the upset COVID-19 has brought to his world, his parents got him a puppy. And after Carl posted the video of Hayden reacting to his new friend on Twitter, the video went viral.

Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Marley is the precious golden retriever puppy that his parents selected in order to not only cheer him up but hopefully help him in the long run. In the video, Marley is brought out to the car’s window beside Hayden. As soon as Hayden lays eyes on Marley his entire demeanor changes and he is clearly overcome with joy – reaching out a hand to stroke one of the pup’s paws.

Then Marley is put into Hayden’s lap, and the young boy immediately begins to cuddle the dog. As they snuggle up together, it is clear that they are well on their way to forming an indestructible bond.

Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Carl said to DailyMail, “Since we have got the dog he has settled a lot better and has fewer meltdowns now.”

It is truly heartwarming the positive impact and the amount of calm and joy that animals can bring to people.

You can watch the sweet reaction in the video below:

Comment on the Story Below

Related Posts

June 16, 2020

Pinwheel Of Puppies Enjoy Their Dinner

Sometimes magic isn’t something confined to the storybooks we read as kids. Sometimes it manifests

September 18, 2019

Why Dog Bites Happen And How To Stop Dog Biting

5 Main Reasons Dogs Bite Approximately four and a half million people are bitten by

November 20, 2019

Dogs ‘Write’ An Apology Letter For The Mailman After They Stole Her Lunch

Six years ago, Carol Jordan adopted her two dog babies, Bear and Bull. The two

Comments – Rules , Boundaries & Limitations

At Cesar’s Way , we strive to be a single pack, and packs have rules, and limitations. Here are ours for the comments:

  •  No bullying or harassment of fellow commenters. Keep it civil!
  • No foul language or obscenities, please.
  • No posting of external links

Also, please note that because of volume , we are unable to respond to individual comments, although we do watch them in order to learn what issues and questions are most common so that we can produce content that fulfills your needs. You are welcome to share your own dog tips and behavior solutions among yourselves, however Thank you for reading our articles and sharing your thoughts with the pack!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Tips From Cesar & The Pack

Don’t get left out of the doghouse! Sign up now to make sure you’re up to date on the latest happenings!

Trending Today

Trending This Week