Ruby is a working dog from Tender Loving Canines, and she helps autistic boy Garrett cope with the world. Garrett tends to wander off, and even with several locks on the front door, he is an escape artist who often ends up in the middle of a busy street or in a neighbor's house. To make matters even worse, he has a disorder making him prone to eat unsuitable items.
Before Ruby, the family avoided going anywhere out of fear of losing him. Keeping Garrett safe was a taxing job that required several people. Today, Garrett's mom holds Ruby's leash, and Garrett in turn is attached to Ruby, who is trained to prevent him from trying to leave.
It is important that the right dog is paired with the right person, and before placing Ruby, the trainers made several visits to ensure she was a good fit, and that Garrett would be gentle with her. They still make follow-up visits, and right now, they're training Ruby to track and find Garrett if he disappears.
While all these tasks are important to the family, Ruby's main impact might be even more important. Garrett's autism is severe and he never had a friend before - he would barely talk even to the family. Ruby alleviates loneliness. Garrett even sings to her, something that would have been unthinkable before her arrival.