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Service dog to help boy with muscular dystrophy, Colin Studlack, perform everyday tasks

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 11 2012 02:58:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2012 05:08:55 PM CDT

A Schuylkill County boy is getting a helping "paw" from his brand new service dog.

HANOVER TWP., Pa. -

A Schuylkill County boy is getting a helping "paw" from his brand new service dog.

Colin Studlack, 8, of Pottsville, has a form of muscular dystrophy, which makes it hard for him to perform some everyday tasks.

So, Milk-Bone and Sam's Club teamed up to cover the cost of a service dog from the non-profit group Canine Assistants.

The dog is still being trained, but a special ceremony was held Thursday at the Sam's Club in Hanover Township to mark the donation.

Once the training is complete, the service dog will be able to open doors for Colin, turn on lights and get help in case of an emergency.

"It lets us know that he can maintain some of his independence. He can go in the backyard and play, and we don't have to worry if he fell, that he couldn't get up and ask mom and dad for help. The dog will be able to do that for him, so it's, we're very excited for him," said Cindy Studlack, Colin's mom.

Colin will take his dog home after they both complete a two-week training camp.