Paisley the dalmatian got an honorary mortar board and diploma for helping her owner graduate from university.
Casey Bruno, 22, has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of her life.
Thankfully, Paisley the dalmatian pup came to the rescue.
For the past two years, Casey and Paisley have been inseparable.
When Paisley entered her life, Casey says that ‘everything changed’ and she credits her service dog with helping her meet her boyfriend and best friends.
Despite her ongoing battle with mental health issues, Casey graduated from the University of Central Florida in August with a degree in veterinary medicine.
She admits that this achievement may not have been possible without the support of her canine companion.
Throughout university, Paisley would spend the majority of the day by Casey’s side in lectures and seminars.
Paisley is trained to sense when her owner is going to have an anxiety attack, and would nuzzle into Casey’s side instinctively, comforting her and calming her down.
Casey decided that her pup needed to be honoured at graduation, and made Paisley her very own graduation cap.
The pair showed off their matching mortarboards in a super cute photoshoot.
Casey said: “If I didn’t have her [Paisley], I don’t know where I’d be – honestly.
‘Since she’s been with me through all of this, I came up with the idea for her to have her own cap.
‘I knew I wanted a paw print on mine to associate with me wanting to be a vet, so I thought it would be cute to have a handprint on hers.
‘It represented how I was dedicated to her and her dedication to me throughout college.’
The University of Central Florida even presented the adorable service dog with her own diploma.
Casey continued: ‘I would owe pretty much my [whole] graduation to Paisely.
‘She’s broadened my horizons and allowed me to do thing I never thought I’d be able to do.
‘She’s definitely given me my entire college experience and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
‘You can’t be mad, sad, or frustrated when she’s right next to you because she’s such a happy dog – she’s so in touch with other people’s emotions.
‘Anxiety is a big issue for a lot of people, and having a service dog has let me open up to people and realize things can get better, and that I can do anything I put my mind to.’
Paisley continues to support Casey in her day-to-day life as her constant companion.
Congratulations to Casey and Paisley on your joint graduation!