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Dog Approaches A Child With Down Syndrome and Befriends Him (video)

This video will warm your heart. The empathy and compassion that dogs have is nothing short of incredible. We meet a sweet labrador called Himalaya befriend a young boy called Hernan with Down Syndrome. In this heartwarming video, we meet a sweet labrador called Himalaya befriend a young boy called Hernan with Down Syndrome. Herman is a 5-year-old boy from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has Down Syndrome and he always avoided physical interaction with other people. The video:

Dogs are pure and don’t judge like humans do, as we can clearly see that Himalaya doesn’t care about Hernan’s condition.

In the video, Hernan isn’t in the mood to play, but that doesn’t stop Himalaya from trying!

The gentle giant places a a paw on the young boy’s shoulder. Himalaya, sensing the boy’s hesitancy, decides to try contact again and puts her paw on Herman’s feet before dropping his head in his lap. Eventually Herman relents and starts to touch the dog at one point stroking her snout and pulling back her fur to reveal her teeth. A few minutes pass with the pair looking at each other in an interested fashion, but remaining still.


Himalaya, sensing the boy’s hesitancy, decides to try contact again and puts her paw on Herman’s feet before dropping her head in his lap. Herman seems to signal the level of contact is welcome as he picks up the dog’s paw, but then pushes the dog away as she sniffs contently at Herman’s feet. At this point Herman is backed up against the wall, but Himalaya is undaunted and rolls over on to her back stretching out a paw in a playful fashion. 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.

Herman then moves across the patio, only to be followed by the determined canine and the scene repeats itself with the little boy being followed by Himalaya. 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.

Herman is thought to be Herman’s uncle’s dog. 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.’

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