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 master through her stay in university.
Ever 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 service dogs are trained in jails by the inmates themselves.
It was in 2016 when Hawley and Griffin were paired together, thus beginning their journey in university. Hawley suffers from chronic pain and is in a wheelchair, and so it is Griffin who accompanies her to give her some assistance.
Griffin was there for Hawley for every lecture that she needed to attend. From fetching things for Hawley to opening doors to comforting her, Griffin made sure Hawley was doing well.
When Hawley had to intern for Fort Bragg, she was tasked to assist soldiers with mobility and anxiety issues. 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.
And so it happened.
Hawley finished her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Clarkson University in 2018. The university also honored Griffin for being committed to his purpose as a service dog throughout the whole university journey.
Awarding Griffin with an honorary diploma was decided upon by the university’s Board of Trustees themselves. They deemed it deserving of Griffin as he exerted and offered his efforts for the benefit of Hawley.
Dogs really do give humans unconditional love, and for that, they deserve to be recognized.
Photos courtesy of Brittany Hawley via Facebook.