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How a 'Failed' Service Dog Inspired One Family

How A 'Failed' Service Dog Inspired One Family

An incredible story out of Colorado involves a black lab that was destined to help people -- but not in the way everyone first thought.

This is Pesto. When he was just a pup, he met Kimistry Howard and her two boys, Javary and Javae at a library in Aurora where they go every day. Doctors said Javary would never be able to walk due to a rare spinal disorder and Javae has autism. As a result, he doesn't speak.

After a year of spending time together at the library, Pesto was sent off for service training to become a guide dog. KUSA reports Pesto aced every exam he took, but when it came time to graduate, surprisingly he failed and went back to Aurora.

It's been two years since Pesto made it back to the library where the Kimistry and her boys still go every day. Now, when Javae reads, he does so out loud ... and Javary is actually walking.

Kimistry told KUSA she believes Pesto made a choice not to become a service dog in the end. "It's so beautiful they say he failed," she said. "What I'm convinced is Pesto made a choice."

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magmae97 February 26 2014 at 11:42 PM

What Pesto has done could hardly be called a 'failure'.......

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mkg@uscga49.com February 26 2014 at 7:08 PM

Awwww !

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Say NO to libs! February 26 2014 at 6:44 PM

Dogs are so much smarter than they are given credit for. Just as my best buddy Jake when he FORCED his way into my life, Pesto is EXACTLY where he belongs.

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wmccreery February 26 2014 at 7:25 PM

It's funny that with your name you sound more like a liberal than I would expect! Liberals support animal rights!

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Jan February 26 2014 at 5:57 PM

Do we really need this gal reading the story to us? Its already there for us to ready, so just show us lengthier vids.

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agentpinkdog February 26 2014 at 4:19 PM

good point antbis

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LINDA February 26 2014 at 4:04 PM

animals have always been smarter than humans and have always had a sixth sense about life, danger, illness, and a million other things.

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clancy3909 February 26 2014 at 3:34 PM

Wow that woman has bad genetics

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heofunum February 26 2014 at 5:24 PM

and poor name choices . . . kimistry, javary and javae??? i got ot add those to my list of baby names which includes hutbuipy, nessdonat, and cluvadu.

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JUANITA February 26 2014 at 6:30 PM

Wow, how do you know it's her fault, babies come from two parents, or did you forget??? Maybe it's their father's fault. And what difference does it make why they were born this way, they still have a right to a good quality life. That is the stupidest and insensitive comment for you to make. No child should be treated differently or looked at differently because they have a disability. Do you have any children??? If you do and they are normal, you should be thankful, but that doesn't make your children more deserving than these two boys or their mother a bad parent because they were born totally normal. Show some respect and sensitivity.

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Debi K February 26 2014 at 3:05 PM

Pesto rocks!!! To the family of Vern, my heart goes out to you. As far as the creep who blames you for his death, ignore him. Accidents happen, I'm sure it was not intentional that your dog broke free somehow and was wandering around enjoying his freedom . . . yes, we all should double insure the safety of our pets by making sure they cannot escape, but it does unfortunately happen from time-to-time. I guess the creep has never made a mistake in his life!!! His sanctimonious attitude allows his ignorance to show through . . . have a heart Mr. Perfection!!!

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jrp1947 February 26 2014 at 2:55 PM

Dogs make choices and they know where they belong and where they can do the most good. he chose the boys and now he is doing what he was destined to do. they are now living for him and he is living for them.

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Paula howard February 26 2014 at 2:40 PM

Beautiful story!

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