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Two paws up for these grads who share their love of UNLV through the eyes of their sheepadoodles.

People  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  By Katy Griffin

We couldn't resist the canine antics of the Rebel swag-wearing Instagram account @sheepadoodleduo. It features 4-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Benjamin Franklin.

Managed by

Mallory Miller, ’16 BS Social Work, and James Patrick Freeman, ’17 M.Ed. Special Education

The start

"Everywhere we go we get stopped because our doodles are a rare breed [a cross between an Old English sheepdog and a poodle],” Miller said. “Not only are these doodles unique in color, but their demeanor is extremely calm and friendly.”

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"There’s one of Lucy and I on campus when I was taking my graduation pictures. It was such a fun day with her running around campus and saying ‘Hi’ to students. She was such a wonderful support dog while I finished my undergrad work!”

The approach

“Volunteering and sharing my time for causes much bigger than myself is extremely important to me. Lucy is a therapy dog and bringing her along when volunteering makes the experience for both parties super enjoyable. Benjamin Franklin is currently in a training course with James and will be certified by May.”

The impact

“James and I attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st. There are no words to describe the pain and sorrow that night brings so many people. I was able to take the emotions I felt and put them into action by bringing Lucy to different places throughout the community. We went to blood banks and the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, which had 58 crosses in remembrance of the ones who passed away. Lucy was the true superstar during those times; she gave many some light when there was such darkness.”