COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A University of South Carolina student is headed to Oxford, England on a prestigious scholarship and his service dog is sticking by his side.
Jory Fleming is a senior. Daisy is a 5-year-old English Lab. She is a PAALS assistance dog that has been with Jory since his freshman year.
Jory has a genetic condition that affects his muscles, among other things, and he also has autism. He says Daisy helps him with everything from keeping his balance, to easing tension, and more.
She's given him much-needed independence and helped him excel to become a Rhodes Scholar.
"Before Daisy, I had heard of service dogs, but to be honest, I thought only people that were blind had service dogs, a guide dog. So I really wasn't aware of all that could be done and it's really amazing to see all the things Daisy does to help me is different from the things, for instance, for somebody in a wheelchair. So it's really neat to see how they can train the dog to help an individual," Fleming said.
Jory is one of just 32 people from the U.S. chosen to be a Rhodes Scholar and study abroad at Oxford. He said Daisy will also be attending Oxford and filling the same roles she does now.