Service Dog For Boy With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Gets Photo In School Yearbook

It is only fitting that the dog who attended classes with the boy be in the yearbook.

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Service dog Presley is pictured next to his owner, Seph Ware, in the yearbook. Via
Service dog Presley is pictured next to his owner, Seph Ware, in the yearbook. Via Lori Walkins-Ware/Facebook
John Virata

Fourteen-year-old Joseph “Seph” Ware has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and needs assistance from his service dog, Presely, in order to go to school. So when school administrators were planning the yearbook, they decided to include a photograph of Presley.

The yearbook for Good Hope Middle School in West Monroe, Louisiana, shows the two side by side, with Presley holding her lead in her mouth, and it couldn’t be any cuter.

Seph and Presley have been together since he was about 10 years old, AL.com reports, and when school officials approached Seph for permission to add Presley to the yearbook, Seph said, “Why not?” Lori Ware, Seph’s mom, told the news outlet.

Seph talks to the high school football team with Presley by his side. Via Lori Walkins-Ware/Facebook

Seph talks to the high school football team with Presley by his side. Via Lori Walkins-Ware/Facebook

“Seph says that it took about 10 minutes to get Presley to look at the camera — and who knows how many shots,” Lori told AL.com.

Lori said the administrators approaching Seph, asking him for permission to include Presley in the yearbook was a breath of fresh air, considering that Seph’s middle school was not so accepting of the service dog.

“We have had issues with his elementary school accepting Presley, so to come to Good Hope and her to be welcomed has been very refreshing,” she said. “The kids adore her and she loves the attention.”

Now the duo is getting a lot of attention on social media. It is only fitting that Presley, who has attended virtually every class that Seph has attended at the school, be in the yearbook as well.

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