There are many contributors, to be sure, but some just have a natural flair, a knack, for total acceptance of Jason's quirks and foibles. This is a characteristic many of us aspire to, but that few of us (owing to our preconceptions and established world-views) achieve.
If the family is going somewhere, this person waits patiently and without urgency if Jason is taking a particularly long time.
If Jason needs someone who will hang around with him but not expect too much in the way of conversation, this is the guy who will do it.
If Lisa and I leave Jason outside alone and out of sight for a little while, he always volunteers to help keep an eye on him.
If Jason wants to be silly and run around, or maybe play a game of "monster tag", he is always a willing participant.
And all he asks in return for all of these hours of devotion is .... dinner. And a scratch behind the ears. You see, this individual I am referring to is Chance, the Amazingly Rotund Dog. Chance is 7 years old, yet displays the wisdom of an elder when it comes to meeting the needs of our little boys. He tips the scales at around 105+ pounds - that's a lot of love truckin' around our house on a daily basis.
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
...prepping the yard for a stimulating session of OT:
...coordinating with co-worker Smudge on a session of Floortime Therapy:
"Intelligent dogs rarely want to please people whom they do not respect."