As a single mother, Rachel Bunger was relieved to learn about the possibility of using a service dog after attending a talk about 4 Paws For Ability, a group that trains and places service dogs with children who need them.
Bunger and J-Lo, named after pop star Jennifer Lopez, trained for six hours a day for nearly two weeks to learn how to communicate with each other, and now the boy and his dog are inseparable. J-Lo joins Bunger for all activities, including the hours he spends in the classroom.
"We just have another student, a little hairier," the principal at Bunger's school told Journal News. "Instead of having 1,000 students, we have 1,001."