For many of us, our beloved pets are simply wonderful companions who greet us when we get home, snuggle in our beds, and entertain our guests with their adorable ballerina costume that mommy just loves putting on them. But for a disabled graduate student, her dog was that, and then some. A Redditer posted a photo of a canine companion dressed in cap and gown escorting his wheelchair-bound owner on stage as she received her Masters in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The student in the photo took to the social media site to introduce her dog, Hero, to the world:
Hero knows over forty commands to assist me. He loves to retrieve objects for my like envelopes, pens, my crutches, etc. He also turns off the lights, opens doors, and he pulls me in my wheelchair up ramps! I couldn't have gone to college without him!
And the caption on the student's photo reads:
This is my service dog, Hero, after we graduated with our Master's degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hero's an aptly named pup who deserves his cap and gown getup. Pets are such a part of our lives and it's so great to see Hero honored for his devoted and helpful service. Without him, a graduation ceremony for his master's Masters may never have been possible!
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