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. His parents were concerned about his well-being but glad to finally have a diagnosis to work with after so much time spent wondering what was happening with their son.

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.

Johnny’s father wasn’t so sure about the adoption or a pitbull, especially with a young child with autism at home, but it turned out to be the best thing they could have done for Johnny.

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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