There are a lot of things in this world that I advocate for and support. Two of my biggest passions is mental health awareness and acceptance and animal abuse awareness and rescue. These two passions collide on a Facebook page I follow.
I follow an awesome little boy and his dog on Facebook. Jonny has autism and ‘has a friend’ in Xena. His mom posts daily about Jonny and Xena and the fun they get into. Before Jonny’s mom adopted Xena, Jonny was pretty much nonverbal and had several other sensory issues. Xena has opened up a whole new world for Jonny. This family blesses my life each day just through their Facebook page. Xena won her category as Emerging Dog Hero and is now in the running for top hero dog. Keep reading to find out why she should win!
And meet Jonny:
I started following Xena the Warrior Puppy almost as soon as her story went viral, basically since her story started. There are no words for how I felt when I read her story, saw the pictures, and started praying for her. Her pictures and her story made me sick to my stomach and made me want to hurt the people who hurt her.
By fate, coincidence, or, if you are like me, and believe in God, Xena and Jonny came together. Jonny has Autism. While I’ve talked about Autism in the highly functioning category, with what I have learned about Jonny, his functioning is/was not as high on the spectrum as those I’ve written about so far. He was, for the most part, non-verbal, had sensory issues, and other issues with socialization and meeting people. Jonny loves playing with marbles, making simple Rube Goldberg Machines with erector sets and other materials, but was not very social. Until Xena came along.
These two continue to remind me daily that miracles happen. Jonny coined the phrase “Spreading the Words” in the video below. Together, these two are ‘spreading the words’ about Autism and animal abuse. I’ve also started following their YouTube channel. Check it out but be sure to have some Kleenex with you. Xena is nominated for Hero Dog of the Year and was already named ASPCA Dog of the Year of 2013 and Emerging Hero Dog. After watching these videos of Linda talking about Xena and Jonny, visiting Xena’s Facebook page, and watching and reading the news about Xena, I’m sure you will agree that Xena deserves Hero Dog of the Year. You can vote once a day per email address. Please share this link far and wide.
Linda and Xena on HLN:
Jonny’s PSA Awareness Announcement in April 2013:
And my favorite video:
And my favorite picture:
YES, Xena has a friend in Jonny and Jonny has a friend in Xena. This pair is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. There are times that something is posted on their Facebook page that has me in tears in minutes. They are constantly supporting their local animal shelter and constantly educating all who will listen about Autism and animal cruelty. Take a minute and go visit Xena and Jonny and tell them Crystal sent you. Jonny and Xena are “Spreading the Words!”
And on their Facebook page, the question is constantly asked:
**All photos and videos are under copyright of their respective resources. Jonny and Xena’s story was shared with the permission of Jonny’s mother Linda.**