Summit Assistance Dogs, a nonprofit organization from Anacortes, Wash., helped pair eight Bellevue residents with assistance dogs yesterday. The graduation ceremony was held at Highline Community Center.

Alex Stone is on the board of directors for Summit Assistance Dogs, and his dog, Frasier, came from a shelter and went through about a year of training.

Frasier's biggest job is picking things up for me, Stone said. But I got Frasier when I was moving out of the house to go to college. He allowed me to live independently on a college campus. He carried my books for me, did light switches, automatic door buttons.

The program offers service pets from skilled home companion dogs to professional therapy dogs, but those on the waitlist could end up waiting up to two years until they meet their furry companions.

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