My 13 year old son is also autistic.
And Ella was the dog that taught him not to fear other dogs.
Dogs are quite amazing ! It is odd that as we go about "teaching" our little furfriends how much we "learn" from them !!!
If we decide not to adopt him, I'll ask the rescue head about out-of-state adoptions, and then I'll let you know.
That would be great. I have noticed that many of the rescues mention stipulations on adopting out of a certain range ! I really have an issue with that......if a person is willing to give one of their rescues a loving home, why should it make a difference how far off they live ? If it is because of the home check, why can't they work in conjunction with the rescue near the person wanting to adopt ? I guess bottom line to all of this is that there are ways to work those things out ! Anyway, I am still looking around trying to find my next best buddy.
By the way, I read all of the posts when you lost Ella, and I cannot tell you how I admire your strength and courage in the way you handled the situation. I guess the best way to sum it up is "Love, just pure love !!"