GRAND PRAIRIE -- Emilio Sandoval, a special needs child who connected with another boys lost service dog earlier this year, will soon get a service dog of his own.On Thursday, Sams Club and Milk-Bone Canine Heroes partnered to donate a service dog to Emilio, a 5-year-old child who has cerebral palsy, autism and is non-verbal. Emilios actual dog will be selected and trained for his specific needs and will be given to him at later date at the Canine Assistants training camp in Georgia.It was awesome, said Susanne Sandoval , Emilios mother. Im blessed by it. It makes you realize how many good people are still out there.Sams Club and Milk Bone Canine Heroes decided to get Emilio a dog after hearing how he interacted with a Walker Coonhound named Spot, who serves an 8-year-old autistic boy.Spot, who belongs to D.J. Bowe, became lost on Oct. 24 after he sprinted out of the Bowes south Grand Prairie home and ran after the family car. Emilios uncles found Spot and gave him to Emilios grandmother.When Emilio went to his grandmas house, Spot stayed by his side, following the boy from room to room. Susanne Sandoval has said that she believes Spot was drawn to Emilio because he had been trained to help children with special needs.Spot was later reunited with D.J. Bowe and his family, who offered to help raise money so that Emilio could have a service dog, too.Milk-Bone Canine Heroes is a program that strengthens connections between dogs and people by donating service dogs to law enforcement and providing dogs to people with disabilities.
Melody McDonald, 817-390-7386