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A special needs cheer team from Northeast Ohio has an extra special member joining their routines. The newest team member is Cyclone, a Golden Retriever who is a service dog for one of the cheerleaders.

Cyclone helps 7-year-old Harrison Chmura, who is non-verbal, stay focused.

Harrison's father, John Chmura says Cyclone has been a big help for his son.

“He'll go up [to his teammates] now and initiate interaction and dance with them, play with them, and that was something when we started [he] wasn't doing at all,” Chmura told News 5.

Team Zeta performed in Cleveland on Sunday and now is headed with Cyclone to Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando, Fla.

According to AJ Gamin, Cheer World Co-owner, this is the first time that they know of a service dog participating on the competitive mat.

See Team Zeta and Cyclone in the video below.
 

Learn more about service dogs and the great work they do here.

 

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