Every parent would go to the ends of the earth for their child, and Matt and Annelle Peleschak are no exception. That’s why they did everything in their power to find a special service dog for their son with autism.
The Peleschaks of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, are parents to three wonderful kids. Their oldest,Matthew, is 11. When Matthew was just 5 years old, he was diagnosed with severe ASD, or autism spectrum disorder.
Autism is different foreveryone on the spectrum. Some people might be reallyuncomfortable with touch and eye contact, while others might have more trouble with loud noises and changes in routine.
In Matthew’s case, socializing is no problem at all. However, he gets very scared in new situations. He also has a dangerous tendency to wander off.
When Matthew was 8, the Peleschaks learned about a possible solution for his footloose ways. They learned a service dog could help anchor Matthew and keep him calm and out of harm’s way.
It took years of hard work and fundraising, but when that service dog finally arrived a beautiful golden retriever named Sammy he completely changed Matthew’s life.