A touching video by the ASPCA tells the story of a family who made a difference in a neglected dog’s life and in return had their lives changed forever.
Grant and Linda Hickey knew from a young age there was something different about their son Jonny. Their child was diagnosed with autism. It was a difficult time for the Hickey family and it was a severely neglected dog named Xena in the care of the ASPCA, that would come into their lives and make all the difference in the world.
When Mrs. Hickey saw a news report on the abused pup, she began following the dog’s progress on the shelter’s Facebook page and when Xena was well enough to be adopted, they went to a fundraising event to meet her. Out of the thousands of applications to adopt the sweet dog, the Hickey’s were lucky enough to take her home.
As soon as Xena hopped in the car and started licking Jonny’s face and sitting in his lap, the Hickey’s knew that from then on both Jonny’s and Xena’s lives were going to be different.
Xena the Warrior Dog was named ASPCA’s dog of the year 2013!