- Yogi, a 12-year-old family dog, is at the age at which elementary school students regularly graduate.
- He has older human sisters who consider him a member of the family.
- His sisters decided to make him a graduation picture so he won’t feel left out.
Our pets might frequently feel like family members, especially when they do almost everything with them. So it is only reasonable that our pets would join us in celebrating life’s milestones.
That’s how Olivia Dufresne felt when Yogi, their family dog, was 12 years old, the age at which a Quebec elementary school student regularly graduates.
The Maltese-Yorkshire terrier-Shih Tzu mix is very close to his big sisters Pamela and Olivia Dufresne.
“We adore him and, even if he is not a human, we consider him a full member of our family,” said Pamela Dufresne. “He is our little prince, our little treasure.”
Yogi has become such an integral part of their life that he somehow almost seems human.
They describe him as a very intelligent dog who understands several words that many dogs wouldn’t.
Yogi is a particularly caring younger brother, always there when the sisters need a little emotional support and the sisters like spending days playing hide-and-seek with him.
Dufresne said that when they cry, Yogi tries to make them laugh by licking their tears. He also outs himself between the sisters when they argue.
Yogi can only accomplish so much as a dog, but that doesn’t stop the sisters from fantasizing about what he could do if he had a bit less fur.
“Since we were young, my sister and I love to imagine different scenarios in which our dog acts like a human: going to school, playing soccer, crossing the border illegally, playing video games, getting arrested,” said Dufresne. “In our imagination, he did all those things!”
Olivia decided to make Yogi’s epic imaginary experiences a reality when they started talking about his graduation this year.
“As a surprise, my sister Olivia decided to secretly make a graduation picture,” Pamela shared. “Then, while nobody was at home, she replaced an old baby picture that was hanging between me and my sister’s graduation pictures with our dog’s graduation picture.”
The entire process required a few hours of meticulous Photoshop work, but it was worth it. Olivia almost did too excellent a job, as her family didn’t notice the mantel change for a long time.
According to Dufresne, they all laughed and cried a bit when the rest of the family discovered Yogi’s photo. Yogi’s graduation picture is still the main attraction in the living room to this day.
Dufresne added, “It will probably stand there ‘til our death. We love him so much!”
Yogi’s delighted sisters are already planning ways to celebrate their brother’s next important milestone – his teens — for his next birthday.
Source: The Dodo