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Pup and Circumstance: Service dog graduation day

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Graduation season is in full swing, and on Friday, it was graduation day for 14 special service dogs.

Canine Companions for Independence and their volunteers breed, raise and train dogs for those with special needs.

It took kind individuals form all over America to raise the puppies and turned them into service dogs.

Puppy trainer Sue Vinsant had to say goodbye to her trained puppy on graduation day.

"It's hard. It's hard," she said. She said she took her goodbye harder than she should have because Polly is the first pup she raised for another person.

Polly, along with the other trained dogs, will help people with special needs like eleven-year-old Dylan from San Clemente who suffers from autism.

Dylan did not talk much until he met Ode.

Canine Companions for Independence has placed more than 4,000 dogs with people with disabilities.

Buddy Wachtstetter drove off a cliff in 1970, and has been paralyzed ever since. His last service dog of eleven years named Hilary died from cancer in December.

"I was just devastated quite frankly," he said.

Buddy will now have Lexus to help make life easier.

Canine Companions for Independence provides service dogs free of charge.

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