Nick Ackerman will be able to go to college next fall, and he already knows who one of his roommates will be - his new service dog Troy.
Nineteen-year-old Ackerman, a senior at Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was born with no arms. He spent years on waiting lists for service dogs, relying on school aides to help him with day to day tasks, Michigan's Lansing State Journal reports.
But Ackerman has a fierce independent streak, so the teen set out to find himself the perfect dog.
The Ackerman family found Troy in Tennessee this past winter, and Cheryl Carlson, a service dog trainer, taught the German shepherd to specifically serve Nick's needs.
"Right now, he's a mobile backpack, helps with undressing, [he's] a stability and brace, a retriever, and, of course, a great ice breaker," Carlson told The Dodo. "Nick is very pleased with how having his dog makes him a bit more popular with the young ladies!"