“For the Love of Dogs” Tells Story of a Boy Dog Expert With Asperger’s Syndrome

Cory Gould is 11 years old; he has Asperger syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, which impairs his social communication skills. You might think that the noise level and crowds at the National Dog Show would be overwhelming for a child like Gould; instead, he thrives there.

A new documentary, For the Love of Dogs, follows Gould as he shares his impressive dog world knowledge with amazed canine experts and connects socially with people who love dogs as much as he does. The 25-minute film by Tim O’Donnell will debut on Saturday at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, reports The Mighty.

Gould's parents, Heather and Jonathan, who live in Scottsdale, Ariz., saw O’Donnell’s film No Quit, about his father’s recovery from head trauma. They called him to see if he’d be interested in creating a short film on their son’s obsessive interest in dog breeds and how it helps him fill a social gap, reports the Boston Herald. The resulting documentary focuses on Gould’s trip to the National Dog Show Presented by Purina in Philadelphia.

“His autism was a strength in the dog community,” O’Donnell told the Herald. “He could really be a social star. There is this mutual love, and people love talking about their dogs and learning more about their dogs.”

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