In Pictures: Dog stays by child's hospital bedside for MRI scan

9-year-old James Isaac visited a Wellington hospital last week

They say dog is a man's best friend, and a black labrador in New Zealand has proved it once again.

9-year-old James Isaac, who is autistic, visited a Wellington hospital to get an MRI scan last week.

His service dog, Mahe, was there with him.

Image: Facebook/James Isaac

Mahe stayed in the room with James throughout, only being taken out of the room for the duration of the scan.

A hospital photographer captured photos of Mahe lying in bed beside Isaac, as well as the pair lounging in the hospital.

Image: Facebook/James Isaac

James cannot speak, and recoils from touch and eye contact with his family.

James's mother, Michelle Isaac, told stuff.co.nz: "For Mahe, James is his best mate, he is all about James".

Image: Facebook/James Isaac

"He was just looking at James, and looking really worried", she added.

Assistance Dogs New Zealand say Mahe was with them for 12 months - including six months intensive training - and have posted this video:

Autism Assistant Dog

This autism assistant black labrador follows his best friend everywhere... even into his hospital bed.

Posted by AJ+ on Tuesday, 23 February 2016