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Idaho State University student's pit bull service dog accepts posthumous diploma

Cletus the service dog and his human's father accepted Josh Kelly's college diploma posthumously.
Cletus the service dog and his human's father accepted Josh Kelly's college diploma posthumously.
Idaho State University

At the commencement exercise on Saturday, Cletus the dark brown pit bull walked across the Holt Arena stage at Idaho State University with his master's father, Terrell Kelly, to accept a posthumous diploma reported the

The more than 2,000 students had trouble holding back tears as Cletus walked across the stage in honor of his favorite human, Josh Kelly who had epilepsy. Josh and Cletus were fixtures at the college as the two commuted by bus everyday and walked two miles to attend classes on the Pocatello campus.

Cletus would bark whenever Josh would suffer from a seizure; EMS frequently found Josh on the side of the road or on the route to meet the bus with Cletus standing faithfully over his human, protecting Josh until help arrived.

In February, Josh was admitted to the hospital and died on February 13 - just a few months short of graduation. Josh was 38 years old.

When localnews.8 asked Terrell what he thought of a pit bull being a therapy dog, Terrell stated the following:

"I'll be honest, I was one of them that was giving (pit bulls) a bad rep until I met Cletus. And he allows our little grandchildren to climb on him, pull his ears, pull his tail. He's just great."

Josh received his diploma in geology posthumously. He also was an organ donor, and someone was lucky enough to receive his kidney.

Rest in peace Josh; we are proud of your accomplishments.

Congratulations Cletus; you make all pit bulls very proud.

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