A service dog named Cletus received a college diploma yesterday on behalf of his owner, Joshua Kelly, who had passed away in February. As Idaho State University conferred the degree in geosciences to the dog, tears were shed.
The brown pit bull helped Kelly, who suffered from seizures as a result of epilepsy, travel two miles to the bus station every morning. Cletus attended class Kelly with for several years. "I think it is wonderful that the university is granting him a degree," his mother, Lynne Kelly, tells the Idaho State Journal.
Terrell Kelly, Joshua's father, walked with Cletus to receive the degree. "We're very, very excited," Terrell says. "Josh worked for years trying to earn this degree and he was in his last semester. Cletus went to all those classes, too, so he probably deserves half that degree."
When the younger Kelly experienced a seizure, Cletus would call for help by barking until assistance arrived. "Many times on the way to the bus Josh would have a seizure and he'd call and we wouldn't know exactly where he was but Cletus would bark and cause a commotion until someone would come," his father says. "I don't know how many times Cletus saved his life."