Five-year-old Kainoa Niehaus has Autism. His mom, Shanna, can't hug, dress, or freely touch him. Kainoa struggles with social interactions on the playground. But when he finally met his service dog, there was an instant bond.
Kainoa and his mom traveled to Ohio from Japan to meet Tornado the Golden Retriever after two years of waiting for a dog to become available. Kainoa and Tornado connected instantly. See the heartwarming picture in which Shanna holds back tears, below:
"The 4 Paws magic is real. The wait is long, but this moment right here makes it worth every moment of waiting. It's worth every fight for services for my son, every diagnosis, every new provider, every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future. Some how because of this- because of Tornado- I know everything will be okay," Shanna wrote on Facebook.
This is a truly heartwarming story that shows the amazing effect of dogs and important role service dogs play in the lives of so many people.
Congratulations to Kainoa and Tornado for finding each other! We wish you nothing but the best.
See another picture of the two meeting below: