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Last Updated: Tuesday October 16 2007 16:10 GMT

Bitten boy beats fear of dogs


A five-year-old boy who was terrified of dogs after being attacked by one a year ago is getting over his fear - with the help of his new pet pooch.

George was attacked by an American bulldog. His injuries were so bad that doctors were worried that he might not ever be able to smile again.

George's mum and dad moved house to try to help him not to be afraid.

He's had lots of help to get over what happened, and the latest step in his recovery is owning his own cute pup.

George's parents took him to see some special doctors, who helped him realise that he was very unlucky to have been attacked.

George now has a new furry friend
They explained that most dogs aren't scary at all, and after a while George started to get better, and stopped having nightmares.

Getting better

The doctors decided the next step was to get George used to being around dogs.

George is still frightened of big dogs - but he's getting better all the time as he makes friends with his new pal.

If you live in the east of England you can see more about George's story on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

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