Disabled 17-Year-Old And Her Service Dog Graduate High School Together (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A disabled Washington teen and her service dog of seven years graduated on stage together in Mountlake Terrace on Thursday.

Kayla Wheeler, 17, and her service dog Cadet have been together since she was in fourth grade.

Kayla was born without both legs and with only one arm. She stays she leaned on the Labradoodle and he helped her get around.

"When I was younger, he did a lot more for me because I was less independent," said Kayla.

Cadet opened doors and turned on lights wherever she went.

"He's very calm and really awesome, and I love him," said Kayla.

"He is the most amazing dog you'll ever meet," said her mother, Joyce Wheeler. "I've had many dogs and I've never met a dog with a personality like him. He was a godsend."

Now 10 years old, Cadet has reached retirement age for a service dog. Kayla's family and the school thought it was only appropriate that he graduate from Mountlake Terrace High School along with her. Thursday night the audience cheered as the principal handed Kayla and Cadet their diplomas.

Cadet has appeared in nearly every yearbook since she got him.

Mountlake Terrace says Cadet is the first dog to graduate from their school.

Cadet will retire from service work, relaxing at home while Kayla heads for college at the University of Washington.

Sources: KHOU, King 5