A Black Labrador destined to be a guide ended up taking a different path, but still one of service.
Before Pesto was to go to training to become a service dog, Pesto was a regular at Aurora Public Library in Colorado. Kimstry Howard and her two boys with disabilities were regular patrons. She home schools her boys, Javae who has autsim and Javary who has a rare spinal disorder. The boys fell in love with Pesto and loved to visit with him.
“This beautiful puppy came into this room. I said I never believed in love at first sight, well, I had love at first sight,” she told WXIA-TV. "It’s a love story from beginning to end and it’s not over."
They were very sad when they had to say goodbye, but they knew he would be going to help a family who would really need him. Kimstry told WXIA-TV, "We wanted him to be placed with a phenomenal human being that would love him as much as we’ve seen him be able to love an entire library of people."
Pesto passed all of his tests with flying colors and Kimstry expected it would not be long that she would hear that he was being placed with a loving family. But she received an unexpected call, telling her Pesto did not graduate.
Instead, Pesto would return back to Colorado and join the Howard family. Kimstry told WXIA-TV that she is convinced Pesto intentionally failed so he could be reunited with her family.
"It's so beautiful they say he failed," she said. "What I’m convinced is Pesto made a choice."
Two years later, he is a wonderful support to the family and continues to be a best friend to the children.
Read more about how Pesto's first meeting with the Howards here.
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