Labrador befriends toddler with Down syndrome, melts hearts
By NBC News
By Scott Stump, TODAY
(NBC) - In a video that is warming hearts worldwide, a playful Labrador
retriever gradually wins over a toddler with Down syndrome to earn a hug
from a boy who usually shies away from physical contact.
In a 4-minute YouTube video posted by the child's mother, who notes that her son's condition means he usually avoids
contact, a toddler from Buenos Aires named Hernan initially keeps his
distance from a golden Lab named Himalaya. The dog then gently reaches
out a paw and nuzzles Hernan's leg playfully before licking his left
Himalaya then sits up on her hind legs and tenderly places a paw on Hernan's shoulder. The dog continues to interact with the boy until Hernan finally leans over around the 3:15 mark of the video and appears to give the dog a hug in a heart-warming moment that has received more than 1.2 million views.