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Cool Kid's 'best friend' keeps people happy

March 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
He's a Cool Kid with a hot commodity: his dog. Tyler McGee teams up with his 'best friend' to reach out to the younger and older members in his community and shows how he can get as much out of his encounters as he gives.Seniors at Merrill Gardens in Apple Valley get a lift in their spirits when they get a visit from Cool Kid Tyler McGee and his therapy dog, Bullet.

"When they're in places like this, they get lonely, sad and stuff but when the dog is here they are all excited and happy," said Tyler.

Tyler has been bringing therapy dogs to senior centers since he was 10-years-old. He brings such joy but also gets back from those he visits.

"It makes me realize how we need to appreciate the veterans more, all of them. The stuff they do for us, protect our freedoms, as a nation every day," said Tyler.

In addition to the seniors, Tyler takes Bullet when he tutors younger kids. But, young or old, Tyler makes a connection.

"He's very compassionate with everybody. He loves all ages. He just is a people person," said Nancy Winters of Dog Therapy Project.

Tyler also is in the Explorers program of the sheriff's department. He has his sights set on a career in law enforcement. Once again, he is driven by his love of community service

"The fact that you're helping people out and brightening their day, every day is a good feeling to have," said Tyler.

With 'man's best friend', our Cool Kid Tyler McGee is a friend to his neighborhood.