There are many stories about a boy and his dog, but this one is exceptional. Caleb Howard, a little boy of only seven-years-old, was involved in a horrific car accident. The devastating car crash left Caleb with a major injury to his brain.
After the crash, Caleb’s family worried that he would never be the same, until his therapy dog came along and changed everything. The family desperately sought out a solution to help Caleb recover, and that’s when they found their miracle dog named “Colonel.”
Colonel is a special therapy dog. Within in a short period of time, Caleb began to positively respond to his special pet. Click through to see his amazing recovery!
12. When Tragedy Strikes
Caleb came close to death in this tragic car crash. It was summer of 2007 when Caleb’s mom was driving along Highway 89 in Utah. She was with four of her children when an oncoming truck hit them head on. Unfortunately, the driver of the truck had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
11. The Tragedy Continues
Sadly, the head-on impact flipped the car over, killing Caleb’s mom and Caleb’s brother, Matthew. Unfortunately, Caleb’s sister Esther also died later on in the hospital. Somehow, Caleb and his older sister Rachel were able to survive the horrific crash. Ben Howard, Caleb’s dad and Caleb’s step-brother, were not in the vehicle at the time.
10. Surviving But Not Yet Thriving
Caleb survived the crash, but unfortunately, he suffered traumatic brain injury. Of course, this was of the utmost concern. The severity of the head-on impact was such that millions and millions of his brain cells were killed off. Experts were concerned with the severity of the trauma and, of course, so was his family.
9. Holding Out Hope
No one could tell if Caleb would recover or if he would even make it through at all. Progress was difficult to estimate and it was uncertain at best. Caleb’s dad even had his concerns and fears and, at times, wasn’t very hopeful about his son’s recovery.
8. Boy Meets Dog
Caleb began to show some steady improvement just two months after the accident. He was able to recall memories before the accident and after, as well. He was even able to move all his body parts and began speaking a few words again. It was time for the next step.
7. A Glimmer Of Hope
Caleb’s medical staff believed a therapy dog would be a good possibility for him. They were more than right. When Caleb first met his new furry friend, there seemed to be an instant connection and alertness. Experts thought the therapy dog could help Caleb with his traumatic brain injury. Check out what happens next.
6. A Turning Point
These therapy dogs are highly trained. They can help victims of traumatic brain injuries retrieve items that were dropped and even help them get to the point where they can dress themselves. Caleb was living proof of this now. The Howard family began to see a miracle occur right in front of their eyes.
5. A Different Kind Of Therapy
Not only did the dog help improve Caleb’s physical condition, he had an impact on Caleb’s mental health. These dogs can serve as a positive influence and be a four-legged encourager to their patients, as well. Therapy dogs help by offering a companion buddy and help to minimize their depression.
4. Healing From The Inside Out
Of course, both Caleb’s medical team and his family were interested in doing any and all things they possibly could to help Caleb heal. Not only were they interested in him healing physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Within moments of meeting, it was evident that this partnership between Caleb and his new friend, Colonel, was going to be a success.
3. Confidence Soars
Caleb’s family began to hold out hope that he would improve. Not only did they hope for some basic improvements, they began to quietly hope for a full recovery. They noticed a remarkable difference in both Caleb’s physical and mental healing when their new hero on four legs came into the picture.
2. Beginning To Smile Once Again
With his new sidekick, Colonel, Caleb began to regain some of the movement of his hands. Family members were noticing a new kind of awareness and alertness about Caleb, as well. More importantly, he was beginning to smile again. It seemed as though Caleb was well on his way thanks to his new friend.
1. Miracles Do Happen
Caleb’s determination to pet the dog helped him to heal. Shortly after his first meeting with Colonel, Caleb was more alert and able to reach and stretch. More importantly, Caleb was able to walk and talk and use his hands. It looked like recovery was now in the cards for Caleb.
The family held out hope, and that hope ended up paying off when they got a miracle. Both Caleb and his sidekick, Colonel the dog, are heroes in everyone’s book. A video following Caleb’s journey has been viewed millions of times on YouTube. Hundreds more viewers left beautiful comments and words of encouragement. They admired Caleb for his long, hard journey and sang praises of therapy dogs just like Colonel. After many years and more surgeries than any little boy should endure, Caleb is thriving once again. One thing is for sure, Colonel had a special impact on a special boy.