Man with Alzheimer’s Regains Speech When with His Dog

posted on May 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

We love and cherish our pets so much that May is deemed National Pet Month in the United States. It’s a time to reflect on and promote the many benefits pets bring to people’s lives, and vice versa. The dog is just one of the many animals we embrace, but this particular pet also known as “man’s best friend” certainly has tons of reasons to be celebrated even on its own.


Companion is the all-encompassing word that comes to mind when describing our lovable pooches, and the significant roles they play in society prove they are just that and even more. They can be specially trained to assist those who deal with diabetes, autism, hearing loss, seizures, and physical disabilities; they are utilized in the military and police force; they provide therapy and comfort to people in places like hospitals, nursing homes, and schools; and of course, they are always ready to protect those they hold most dearly.

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In this YouTube video uploaded by Lisa Abeyta, we see just how powerful the bond between dog and owner can be. Lisa’s father has lost almost all of his speech due to Alzheimer’s disease, but when he is with Roscoe, the family dog, something utterly miraculous happens.

As Roscoe brings Lisa’s dad a chew toy, he begins interacting with the dog and speaks to him as if the disease hasn’t affected his speech at all. At one point, he affectionately says to Roscoe, “Why don’t I take care. I’ll take you. And you take me.”

Can you imagine how amazing it must be for this woman to hear her dad’s voice? It just goes to show that dogs can truly enrich our lives in ways beyond belief.

And now, we present you with the touching video – be prepared for goosies on goosies.

What are some of the ways your dog, or pet in general, has made a difference in your life? Share your stories with us in the comment box below!


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