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Who’s that in the school yearbook? It’s Taxi, the service dog

Published: June 12, 2014, 10:09 am, by Debbie Kelley
Taxi the service dog appears right next to his owner, Rachel, in her school's yearbook.

Taxi the service dog appears right next to his owner, Rachel, in her school’s yearbook.

Along with photos of Madeline, Bailey, Hayden, Gabriella and other seventh graders at a school in San Antonio, Texas, is the mug of Taxi, the half lab, half golden retriever service dog of student Rachel Benke.

Taxi has been Rachel’s helper for four years, going to school with her in the Northside Independent School District and lending a paw with her epileptic seizures.

Rachel’s mom, Theresa Benke, told KHOU 11 News in Houston, Texas, that Taxi accompanies Rachel everywhere, including accepting awards at school, celebrating birthdays and even on the school track, where he one day he sprung into action.

“Her aide was holding Taxi on the side and he just started pulling away from the aide as hard as he could trying to get to Rachel,” Benke told KHOU.

She said once they got her inside, Rachel had a grand mal seizure, and Taxi wouldn’t leave the girl’s side.

“I don’t know how Taxi knew this, but he wouldn’t let anyone near her until the paramedics arrived,” Rachel’s mom said.

Rachel and Taxi are headed to eighth grade in the fall.