Dogs stand by their humans at all times. They offer emotional support when times get rough, and they make sure our spirits are always lifted up. One such dog is four-year-old Griffin. Griffin was recently awarded an honorary diploma for being with his owner.
The loyal dog, the golden retriever has been accompanying his human, Brittany Hawley, since they met through a service dog program called Paws4prisons. Paws4prisons is a program where inmates train service dogs.
However, it was in 2016 when Hawley and Griffin were paired together, thus beginning their journey in university. Meanwhile, Hawley suffers from chronic pain and is in a wheelchair, and so it is Griffin who accompanies her to give her some assistance.
Meanwhile, Griffin accompanied Hawley for all her lectures. He supported and assisted her through opening doors, comforting her as well as fetching things for her. During Hawley’s internship at Fort Bragg, Griffin was present to support her.
Griffin would be there with her to help calm the soldiers down by allowing them to stroke his fur, giving them comfort and, at the same time, helping them improve their motions. In return, Hawley took care of him and made sure he will be there to graduate alongside her.
Thus, Hawley finished her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Clarkson University in 2018.
And so it happened.
The Board of Trustees deemed it fit to honor Griffins with an honorary diploma as well. They deemed it deserving of Griffin as he exerted and offered his efforts for the benefit of Hawley.
Dogs provide humans with invaluable help. They do need recognition for those services.
Photos courtesy of Brittany Hawley via Facebook.