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Boy's Assistance Dog Makes The School Yearbook!


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It goes without saying that many teenagers, whether they mean to or not, often surprise their parents. And 14-year Seph Ware from West Monroe, Louisiana, did just that when his parents opened his school yearbook.

Seph, who is in Grade 7 at Good Hope Middle School, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disorder, which requires him to have an assistance dog, Presley, to help him with his day-to-day activities.

Presley, a six-year-old Goldendoodle, joined Seph’s family three years ago after a year of special training. She is trained to turn lights on and off, fetch shoes and run for help if Seph falls. She is always by Seph's side, so when the school photographer arrived this year, the school’s yearbook adviser Sonya Hogg decided to also put Presley in the book, right alongside her master.

"There was no questions that Presley had to be included in it because she’s part of our school," Ms Hogg said.

Seph kept the plan from his parents, Joe Ware Jr and Lori Watkins-Ware, to give them a surprise. Seph’s mum put the yearbook photos on Facebook and the story went viral.

"Presley makes us happy every day, so it’s nice to see the rest of the world be happy because of her as well," Ms Watkins-Ware said.

Picture: Lori Watkins-Ware/Facebook

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