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June 16, 2014

Teen's service dog gets own yearbook photo

The Labrador-golden retriever mix can predict when 7th grader Rachel is going to have a seizure, and has become such a staple at the school that he's pictured in the yearbook next to his owner

By Dave Carriere
Orlando Sentinel

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Middle school student Rachel Benke doesn't spend too much time without her best friend by her side, which is why it's only fitting that he be pictured beside her in her seventh grade yearbook.

Taxi, the Texas teen's epilepsy service dog, has his own photo right next to Rachel's, reports Yahoo.

The Labrador-golden retriever mix has been with Rachel for four years and can predict when Rachel is going to have a seizure, which can happen anywhere from once every several months to multiple times in a week.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Rachel's mom told Yahoo that Taxi flunked out of Seeing Eye training because of a “cat-distraction problem” but became a godsend in the form of Rachel's service dog.

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Maria M. Regan Maria M. Regan Monday, June 16, 2014 5:59:58 PM OUTSTANDING! Good, good dog!
Laura Southwell Laura Southwell Monday, June 16, 2014 6:19:54 PM Way to go, Taxi!! Keep up the good work!
Johnny Critchfield Johnny Critchfield Monday, June 16, 2014 6:29:46 PM That's really cool. Good thing Texas has medical Marijuana on the ballot this year. Studies show the benefits dramatically outweigh every other epilepsy medication. The dog is awesome- don't get me wrong.. But it might get a bit bothersome when she goes on her first date In a few years. Ganjas side effects are next to none, and when I say that... Maybe hunger? Red eyes? A little tired. Compared with the other meds, that have actually been proven to trigger episodes on occasion, stay green and keep it natural.
David Smith David Smith Monday, June 16, 2014 9:38:14 PM Thats awesome
Michael Martin Michael Martin Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:34:15 PM that is so cool hates off to the school for doing that for her and her dog .it's time that poeple see things like this then maybe the world would start to be nices too others .
Wanda Paul Wanda Paul Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:31:16 AM I LOVE THIS STORY SO VERY MUCH FIRST FOR THE TAXI FOR DOING HIS JOB,SECOND FOR THE SCHOOL ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE VALUABLE ,THEY THIS SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS SCHOOLS TO SEE
Ryan W Burke Ryan W Burke Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:56:46 AM Andy Metzler

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