Time for our “CAN I GET AN AMEN” story of the day! At “THE MORNING BULL” we believe in the power of positivity. We believe there are more good people than bad in the world, and we believe that goodness should be celebrated when you find it!
Julia Smith of Cypress-Fairbanks High School is graduating Friday. As are a lot of kids in the Houston Area, but Julia is bit different. Julia has come to school every day with what she calls her essentials. Treats, a roll of poop bags, a gentle leader leash and a dark green vest for Nyland her service dog.
Nyland, a Labrador retriever, is with Julia every day at school, in every class and she admitted the toughest part of the day is convincing people that they can’t pet Nyland. Julia Told the Houston Chronicle, “My English teacher says the hardest part of the day is when Nyland is here, because she just wants to pet him..Everyone loves him; they love having a dog here.”
They Love the dog so much that Friday when Julia walks across the stage to get her diploma – Nyland will be right there at her side…complete with his own custom made cap and gown.
But here is the interesting thing about Julia and Nyland. Julia is neither blind nor does she have any seizure issues. Julia doesn’t suffer from limited mobility issues… as matter of fact, she is perfectly healthy. So what gives…Julia has been training Nyland to be a service dog all school year long.
The president of the National Association of Guide Dog Users said it’s unusual for a high school student to take this on, “It’s very time-consuming. You dedicate a year of your life to be with that dog almost 24 hours a day,”
Julia and Nyland have done great, the dog has his own student ID card, a photo in the yearbook and he also served as the unofficial mascot for the band, even sitting next to Julia as she plays her French horn.
And on Aug. 19 – the day Julia is scheduled to move into her dorm at Texas A&M University – Nyland will be going back to his training facility home for some last minute instruction before being placed in the home of a blind or disabled person.
So where ever you are…in the kitchen or in the car – Can you throw your hand in the air… “CAN I GET AN AMEN”… – Focused on The Good it’s the Morning Bull, and if you ever see a story you think would make a great amen – email it in to us at george@thebullhouston