A man suffering from Alzheimer's who has lost almost all his powers of speech, has a moment of clarity when comforted by his beloved pet dog

Charles Sasser, of Alburqurque, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about four years ago, but it wasn't until the last six months that he began to lose his speech.

He struggles to form complete sentences and only speaks with a word here and there, according to his daughter Lisa Abeyta.

So when she saw the difference in her father when he is around the family's pet dog, Roscoe, she decided to film one of their encounters.

In the video, Charles can be seen talking calmly and clearly to Roscoe.

"Oh yeah, hey! You've got, you've got something! You've got something, huh?" he can be heard saying while stroking the dog. "Yeah, well, that ... that's too bad, there. That's all. That's all I've got." He adds: "Why don't I take care. I'll take you. And you take me."

Lisa told The Telegraph that when she visited her parents, she "noticed how much easier his words came when he talked to Roscoe". She added: "But I never had the chance to record it. When he came to visit us this past week, I was lucky enough to have my iPad close by and wanted to capture the memory for our family."

The clip has gone viral and has been viewed more than 600,000 times since it was uploaded on Thursday.

"The response from others around the world has been quite amazing," Lisa said.

"I shared the video on YouTube so my mom could easily share it with others. I had no idea it would spark the reaction it has, and it's been wonderful to hear so many stories of similar experiences."

Lisa said that she also hoped that the video would also encourage people to visit Alzheimer's sufferers in nursing homes.

Responses to "Dog helps Alzheimer's sufferer to speak (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Such a precious keepsake for the family who will miss their father/grandfather when he's gone. Only the power of Dog (God spelled backwards) could let such Grace flow allowing him to speak. Such a poignant reminder to us all of just how precious life in each moment is, for we never know when our last words will be heard, or if tomorrow will come...not really for any of us. Thank you for sharing this most beautiful and tender moment. <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful video

  3. Anonymous says:

    beautiful and touching.

  4. Anonymous says:

    amazingly beautiful

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