Four year-old golden retriever, Viking has made history in Port Elizabeth. He has just graduated with his owner at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
Viking is the only golden retriever in the world to obtain a National Diploma in Industrial Engineering.
Viking is a constant companion and study buddy to his wheel-chair bound owner, Heinrich Williams says Viking has been his saving grace.
“Now, I have Viking; if I drop something I say come and help daddy and he will pick it up and put it on my lap and if I need to take something to the my wife I just say ‘Viking take it to mommy’ and he will also bring it back, whatever he needs to do; so he is the gopher between my wife and myself.”
Viking can also open doors and press panic buttons.
Graduation Day saw a very proud Heinrich and Viking who was kitted out in full graduation attire receiving their diplomas to a standing ovation.
When Viking is not assisting Heinrich, attending lectures, exams or being conferred with a diploma, he is just an ordinary dog.
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