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 "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