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.
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.
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".
"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: