Morgan Rath proudly walked across the stage during her graduation from Kennesaw Mountain High School, in Georgia, but she didn’t walk it alone; she had her furry best friend, Paisley, by her side.
Rath suffered from anxiety and depression for far too long. It affected her not only in her personal life, but with her schoolwork as well. She missed classes due to panic attacks, and never even imagined that she’d ever make it to graduation. But she never gave up, and of course she has Paisley to thank.
Rath saw Paisley, who was a stray dog at the time, while she was driving over a bridge. Rath took Paisley in, and searched for her owners for more than a week. When no one came forward, Rath decided to adopt Paisley as her own.
She decided to put Paisley through training so that she could become her service dog. Today, Paisley is two years old and trained with Animals Deserve Betters’ Paws for Life. Soon enough, Paisley was approved to go to school with Rath.
Everyone, including the school’s principal Mark Trachtenbroit, knew that Paisley was the last piece of the puzzle to help Rath get through each difficult day. Paisley did a great job at keeping Rath calm, which in turn helped her do better in school.
Since Rath couldn’t have gotten through school without the help of Paisley, it was only right if Paisley walked alongside her to get her diploma. Donning her black graduation gown, Rath walked across the stage next to Paisley, who was the school’s first dog to “graduate.”
Watch this dynamic duo in the video below:
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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