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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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2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.