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Who Rescued Who: Dog Helps Boy with Autism Find His Voice

Xena the Warrior Dog is one of eight finalists up for the American Humane Association's 2014 "Hero Dog of the Year" award
September 11, 2014

Xena the Warrior Dog and her owner Linda Hickey appeared on the Today Show as a finalist in the AHA's "Hero Dog of the Year" competition. Linda talked about how Xena has become a valuable companion to her son Jonny, who is on the autism spectrum. Watch Xena's appearance on Today below.

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Xena was a rescue dog who was a given a 1% chance of survival. She beat the odds and recovered to become a wonderful companion for Jonny, an 8-year-old boy with autism. Xena was honored as the ASPCA's 2013 Dog of the Year. Watch Jonny and Xena's story below.