Spotted on The Daily Mail UK:
Heart-warming moment gentle labrador Himalaya coaxed reluctant Down’s Syndrome boy who shuns human contact to play with him
- Herman, now aged five, is from La Plata, Buenos Aires
- He was captured on camera being approached by the dog, Himalaya at his home
- Following an unsure start the pair end up playing together
- Herman’s mother said her son usually shies away from contact
This is the heart-warming moment that a gentle dog befriends a young boy with Down’s Syndrome and persuades the child to play. Herman, now five, from La Plata, Buenos Aires, was captured on camera being approached by Himalaya, a Labrador.
Herman’s mother Ana, who posted the video on YouTube, said her son usually backs away from contact.
Sweet Mama Dog Interacting with a Beautiful Child with Down Syndrome Jim Stenson
Herman, who has two older sisters was aged three when the tender moment was filmed. The video shows the little boy sitting on a patio in front of Himalaya. Herman then shuffles over to the dog and looks at him, but when Himalaya places a gentle paw on the little boy’s foot he baulks and moves away again.
Eventually Herman relents and starts to touch the dog at one point stroking her snout and pulling back her fur to reveal her teeth. Although he does continue to push the gentle giant away it becomes more of a game and towards the end of the four minute video the pair sit side-by-side contentedly.
Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features.
Herman’s mother wrote on YouTube: ‘Hernan, is a bit withdrawn and flees from physical contact. ‘He does not like be touched, but Himalaya (the dog) insisted so patiently, and she was so soft that’s why it is so moving, she is left to do anything. ‘
Credits: The Daily Mail UK
Awww..did you like me go – it’s so sweeeett?(: