An elementary school in Kentucky has surprised one little girl after they saved space in their yearbook for her service dog.
According to reports, St. Patrick Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky, saved a spot in their yearbook to include a photo of the Labradoodle in its kindergarten class.
7-year-old Hadley Jo Lange suffers from epilepsy and her service dog, Ariel, helps her to do all manner of things including riding the bus to school and attending her dance classes.
“This dog has really saved my daughter’s life,” Hadley Jo’s mother, Heather Lange told CNN.
“I don’t know how I could ever thank Ariel as a mother. She goes with her everywhere, to school, rides the bus with her, goes to her dance classes and soccer practice. She always has her eyes on my little girl. It’s a huge sense of security,” She continued.
As per CNN, the 4-year-old pooch bonded with Hadley since she was just a puppy.
Ariel is able to recognize when Hadley Jo is having an episode and alert people around. At school, Ariel alerts the teachers that something is wrong by barking.
“It’s important for us to do all we can to foster our relationship with families and do what we can to support students,” St. Patrick Catholic School Principal, Nathan Sturtzel, disclosed.
“We love Ariel. She’s part of Hadley Jo’s family so she’s a part of our family too. Finding a place for her in our yearbook was an easy decision and it was a lot of fun to include her. We loved it,” He continued.
Placement of Ariel’s photo in the yearbook means the world to Hadley Jo and her family. We thank her school for the kind gesture.