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Service Pup’s Graduation Day Takes Internet by Storm



Quick Smiles:

  • Walsh the service dog celebrated graduation with his mom, Emily, at vet school.
  • A TikTok video of Walsh in his custom lab coat with fellow graduates reached over 3.1 million views.
  • Fans online teared up seeing Walsh in his “little white coat,” touching hearts everywhere.

In a world full of good boys and girls, Walsh the service dog has just graduated to greatness, touching the hearts of millions with his viral TikTok video.

Over 3.1 million viewers have witnessed this furry companion’s adorable milestone.

Sporting a cap and a custom-made lab coat, Walsh stood proudly beside his mom, Emily, for the quintessential graduation photo op. Their story is as touching as it is inspiring.

After successfully completing his service dog training, Walsh is now ready for a new adventure.

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“POV: you get released from service dog college but now you get to go to vet school with your mom,” the video’s caption playfully notes.

Emily beams with pride on her Instagram, where she refers to Walsh as a “former @canineorg Future Service Dog now studying to become a dogtor with his mom at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.”

Service dogs like Walsh don’t just make life a bit easier; they provide a vital lifeline to independence.

As Canine Companions, the organization responsible for Walsh’s training, puts it, “Independence shouldn’t be limited to those who look or live a certain way.”

While there are an estimated 500,000 service dogs in the U.S., the demand still outpaces the supply. The rigorous training these dogs go through results in a high dropout rate, but for those who make the cut, the impact is immeasurable.


The American Kennel Club advises working with experienced organizations, noting the high cost — which can exceed $25,000 — involved in training these canine heroes.

The online community has embraced Walsh’s journey with open arms and teary eyes. “Not me sobbing over a service dog graduating vet school with his human,” a touched user comments. Another shares the sentiment, “Why did I tear up when he came out in his little white coat.”

Indeed, for Walsh and Emily, this commencement is just the beginning of a lifetime of service, companionship, and unconditional love. Hats off (or should we say caps off) to this devoted duo!


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  1. Leon Myers

    November 5, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Yes it is quite but here I am a 75 year old disabled service connected veteran — however some 15 plus years ago I attained a service dog from birth to now. She is absolutely the love of my life with the exception of my wife of 50 plus years. Angel my service dog is close to the end of her life with congestive heart failure and now masses within her lungs. She tries so hard to do he duties but can mostly just sleep and get cuddled and loved. When she goes I have no other dog to replace her that is trained as a service dog to work around my wheelchair. So I would say the story was interesting but why is the dog not going to a loving person who actually needs a service dog.

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