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    This afternoon all hell broke loose in the house after the washing machine decided to do a final waltz across the laundry floor, crash into the wall, loose it's cover and spew litres of water over the floor. I run downstairs with dogs barking and they are all in hot pursuit - am I the only house in Australia who has dogs that bark at the washing machine? Anyway the beast is dead, laundry is flooded and dogs are splashing and slip sliding through the water. I ask my oldest boy to keep the dogs amused for me whilst I clean up the mess.

    Now backtracking I must tell you my oldest boy is a sweetheart. He also has high functioning autism and is a genius at maths, english, languages and computers. He loves computers more than he loves me! He is also quite fearful of dogs and does not want them on his lap, too close too him and god help us all if one should lick him (he has a shower). He always interprets information in such a different way to his brother. Now if I asked his brother to keep the dogs amused that would mean tug-o-war, a walk, a play with a ball or even just a cuddle. He might even toss (not literally) them outside to keep themselves amused.

    But my special boy kept the three dogs amused by setting his laptop up on the floor, going to youtube and playing a video called Meow Remix - cats meowing out a song. All three dogs were sitting at attention, heads cocked to one side totally absorbed by the picture of the cat in the video. Son was looking very pleased with himself - he told me he was a genius (as you can see he is modest too!)

    Now I must tell you I am flabbergastered. I have spent hours/days/months/years training my dogs to do as told. To sit, to stay, to pay attention, to not move, to be well behaved. I have yelled at them, I have screamed at them, I have jumped up and down like we are going to a party at them, I have used strong assertive - you name it I have do it. But what does it really take for good behaviour ..... one autistic boy, one computer = 3 content and amused dogs!!

    Looks like I still have a lot to learn!!

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    Oh ratbag, what a funny story and oh so true Thanks for the giggle..
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Hehe, that was awesome. Kids are funny, my 7yo daughter tells me frequently that she already knows everything lol.

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    ha ha, love it

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    Priceless! And your son IS a genius!

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    I think dogs can tell when people are a little different...

    I have ASD and my dog is always so calm... But then with other peoples dogs they seem to get me, they don't be naughty for me, they do what I want them to do without asking when their owners have trouble even walking them!

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    Could not agree with you more, Sheena. It is amazing to see how respectful all the dogs are to my son. It is like they sense he is different and just accept it. They too totally get him.This is why I love animals so much. I think we humans loose our second sense way to early in our life and miss those silent signals others send out to us about how they are really feeling or what is going on.

    Occasionally a dog we are caring for will sidle up next to my son on the lounge looking for a cuddle. But they always approach him in a submissive, calm, placid way so as they don't scare him. (With me it is launch oneself off the floor, onto lap, regardless of whether lap has newspaper, coffee or something else in hand! followed by big slobbery kiss, hopefully missing the mouth area!)

    You ASD people definitely have your magic ways. My son is quite mysterious, funny and very, very honest. I would never ask him "does my bum look big in this" - I damn well know I wouldn't like the answer!

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    Ratbage, that's priceless! Gotta love that solution!

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    That is lovely and shows we can all learn new things by looking at problems a different way. It is humbling to see animals so perspicatious and aware and frequently so much more generous of spirit, than us... Horses, too. You would probably have to buy them overseas, but 2nd hand, they are very cheap... (extremely difficult and overpriced, in Oz) Thinking With Horses and Talking With Horses, by HENRY BLAKE. Really fascinating and thought provoking. He had amazing friendships with horses who had killed and were seen as unsavable and only for the knackers yard.

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    That is an awesome story!

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