Blind, deaf student wins big with guide dog

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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — Matthew Pettit dreamed about Diezel long before the 67 pounds of jet-black fur came into his life, back when Pettit was a third-grader at Prescott Elementary and first heard the term “guide dog.”

“I wanted it so bad I used to pretend like I had one,” said Pettit, a 20-year-old senior at Southwest High School who has been blind and deaf since birth.

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