Zeke and Al

Al is a mutt, and Zeke, a five year-old boy, with autism.  Think Timmy and Lassie, just a tad imperfect.

Zeke’s mom has her hands full, which is why, when I see Al, tied to the no-longer-in-use phone booth in front of Starbucks, never lecture her, instead, sort of hang around Al making sure nothing happens to him.

About 6 months ago, after seeing me pet their dog for 15 minutes, Zeke, plastered to the window like ET, both came out, me kindly suggesting, why not make Al a wellness dog.

That would mean, he can go anywhere…restaurants, planes, you name it, as long as he had his credentials.

She looked stupefied, and guess I would too, if I had a son bouncing off the walls making Rainman look presidential (now there’s a thought). 

After that, I didn’t see them for a while, but guess what?

Today, when they ALL came into Starbucks, Al had on his uniform, which is a special harness that says…On Duty…Service Dog.

Do to my own circumstances, my emotions are so close to the surface, that when Mom whispered, thank you to me, had to run out the back door, so they wouldn’t see me cry.



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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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24 Responses to Zeke and Al

  1. micklively says:

    Congratulations on a job well done!
    Now, can I get Lola and Smudge certified too? 😉

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  2. You are an angel. No doubt about it. And your writing is so vivid! I carry a camera with me all the time, so I can illustrate my stories. You don’t need a crutch like that. This is such a beautiful story, so very touching.

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    • No, all the credit goes to that dynamic duo, Zeke and Al. My next suggestion might be a little film to show the wonders of nature resounding in the 4-legged. Al is amazing with Zeke. Calms him right down. Sits across his feet. I’m surprised more people aren’t running out that backdoor. Thanks for reading and all your kindness. Means everything. Susannah.

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  3. joanneolson says:

    Thank you for this wonderful blog; not only did my eyes well with tears, I am inspired to bring a doze of kindness to others as I go through my day.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you are amazing! You keep proving that thoughtful words and deeds make the world better, one little act at a time.

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  5. Kate Howell says:

    Hooray for you ! Great story you should be extremely proud.

    Hal Rubenstein from my iPhone


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  6. Sometimes that one suggestion makes all the difference. I bet his mom said, “Dang, I never thought of that!”

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  7. If it’s for joy, let them see you cry. I would be crying with you if I knew. I wear mine on my sleeve for joy.

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    • It was like a Disney story. Al looked so proud and stately. Zeke was calmer than I’ve ever seen him, and his mom didn’t have that frazzled face she normally has. I was very moved by them feeling just a bit proud being the intermediary, for lack of a better word.

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  8. You have the best ideas. That’s such a touching story. Made my day.

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  9. Ross de Marco says:

    That was a brilliant idea Susannah , so thoughtful of you to have suggested it. It’s great when someone acts upon the stirrings of the still small voice wiorking within . And to see that it was right by the splendid result had to thrill your heart .👍 Nice job kid !

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  10. Grasshopper, your work is endless. Thank you for bringing awareness to this mother ❤

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    • See, Peanut could be a Service Dog, a very short one, but still. Al was made for this work. I mean short of saluting, he’s on it. You’d be so charmed if you saw him with Zeke, who loves him to the point of an inch of Al’s life.


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