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his dog seen in 10 photos
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:48:33 PM »
Davenport West's Tyler Gerdt and his German shepherd service dog Hugo nears the finish line during his JV race in Clinton, Iowa, Thursday Dt5FW6a9x Oct 15, 2015.

Tyler was born with a brain injury, has had 15 surgeries and is autistic. The dog enables him to more effectively and safely run the races, and this has been his first season of running with Hugo.(Photo: Rodney White/The Register)I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when visual journalistRodney White and I trekked to Davenport and Clinton to meet Tyler Gerdts, 17, and his dog, Hugo. The pair has driven headlines this fall because they run cross country races together. Tyler, a high school junior, is autistic and relies on Hugo for crucial emotional and social support both on and off the course.

Here are 10 wonderful photos by Rodney that help explain the bond between this boy and his dog.

Davenport West Tyler Gerdts takes a break with his German shepherd service dog Hugo in the hallway of the school before getting on the team bus cheap nfl football jerseys for a meet in Clinton, Iowa, Thursday Oct 15, 2015. (Photo: Rodney White)

1. The first image immediatelytugged at my heart. The scene unfoldedshortly after we first met Tyler. He and his teammates lingered in the hallwayof Davenport West High School, waiting to board the bus to be driven China Wholesale Youth Football Jerseys to Clinton for the cross country meet. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

2. Tyler is an active, supportive member of the team. He helped set up the team tent in Clinton (although it soon had to be taken down because of the strong wind gusts). He cupped his hand to hold a pile of safety pins so that all the runners could attach numbers to their jerseys. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

3. 15, 2015.

Tyler was born with a brain injury, has had 15 surgeries and is autistic. The dog enables him to more effectively and safely run the races, and this has been his first season of running with Hugo. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

4. Tyler's father, Scott, slung his arm around his son to provide encouragement. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

5. The scene of a cross country meet struck me as a sprawling campground where teams plop themselves and their gear on the lawn and bide their time until the next burst cheap jerseys supply of activity. Hugo seemed like an unofficial mascot for the Davenport team.

Tyler was born with a brain injury, has had 15 surgeries and is autistic. The dog enables him to more effectively and safely run the races, and this has been his first season of running with Hugo. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

Tyler was born with a brain injury, has had 15 surgeries and is autistic. The dog enables him to more effectively and safely run the races, and this has been his first season of running with Hugo. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

7. As you see in this photo, Tyler also must begin about 30 seconds behind the rest of the pack. This prevents him and Hugo (and the leash) from tanglingwith other runners in the first dense press of bodiesat the starting line. Tyler's time isn't affected: His coach simply starts the clock when Tyler actually begins to run. http://forum.andalansamudra.com/thread-686358.html
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