This Story Will Make You Want To Snuggle Up With Your Pet Or Your Child — Or Both! So Adorable.

Jonny Hickey began showing signs of a developmental delay by 8 months old. After going to several doctors, he eventually was diagnosed with autism. He spoke very few words, and rarely interacted with anyone.

Meanwhile, a puppy named Xena was found near-death close by. She was featured on the news, and her story immediately touched Jonny’s mother, Linda. From then on, Linda checked her laptop every morning to see if Xena still alive. Once it looked like the precious pup was in the clear, Linda told her husband she wanted to adopt the pitbull.

From the moment Jonny and Xena met, they had a special bond. Watch the video to see this adorable pair in action!

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest.