What’s higher than graduating from faculty? How about incomes your diploma together with your finest buddy by your facet? Particularly when your buddy is a lovable golden retriever named Chief. This was a actuality for one College of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) scholar as she and her service dog walked throughout the commencement stage collectively, receiving a diploma and a few nicely deserved applause.
Companions In Research
Erica Haschert and her service dog Chief graduate collectively as we speak at @umbc . Chief went viral on social media throughout final yr’s March Insanity due to @dog_rates Haschert says the 2 will begin working for the Division of Protection quickly. #wbal pic.twitter.com/6xDwyZyjKI
— Lowell Melser (@MelserWBAL) May 23, 2019
This yr the audio system weren’t probably the most honored company at UMBC’s commencement ceremony. A Golden Retriever named Chief grew to become the discuss of the occasion. Chief’s human, Erica Haschert, advised WBAL 11 Information her service dog is a fixture on campus and her steadfast help system.
“He has helped me a lot to get so far. It’s solely becoming he will get to stroll with me,” she mentioned.
Haschert earned a level in mechanical engineering. As at all times, Chief walked by her facet when she obtained her diploma. He wore his personal custom-made cap and robe. Cute!
This dog supported Haschert by way of the ups and downs of getting an schooling. He was a continuing companion. She mentioned,
“He is aware of my each transfer earlier than I even suppose it typically. I joke, he’s my tattletale on my physique, so he lets me know earlier than stuff occurs earlier than often any of the medical units can choose it up, which is unbelievable.”
Haschert was diagnosed with pain disorders and two psychological sicknesses. She started personally coaching Chief when he was a pet.
That is Chief. He’s hype as h*ck for the sport. Claims he’s been a fan without end. 13/10 actually hopes each groups have enjoyable pic.twitter.com/tO0LPuxZP8
— WeRateDogs™ 🏳️🌈 (@dog_rates) March 19, 2018
A Campus Superstar
This isn’t the primary time Chief obtained native recognition for his actions round UMBC. In March 2018, the favored Twitter account We Rate Dogs tweeted about Chief’s basketball fandom in the course of the March Insanity NCAA event.
Haschert described his movie star standing this manner, “After he went viral final yr for March Insanity, folks acknowledge him and say, ‘Oh, is that Chief?’ and I’m, like, ‘Yeah, that’s him.’”
With their diploma in hand and paw, Haschert and Chief are prepared for the “actual world.” Their relationship will proceed into the following section of each their lives. Haschert plans to work for the Division of Protection.
“I’m simply tremendous trying ahead to beginning my subsequent chapter in my life with him by my facet till he needs to cease working,” Haschert mentioned.
Meet the precocious pup and his high-achieving human within the video under.