A Warner Robins family learned they'll be gaining a new family member next year.
It will not be the kind that needs lots of help from mom and dad, but one that will offer a child independence.
The Hixon family will soon meet their new Canine Assistant.
At the DeCA Commissary at Robins Air Force Base Wednesday, Rachel Hixon looked a bit overwhelmed.
The grocery store had planned a ceremony for her, and reporters were asking her lots of questions.
She looked relieved when Henry, a labrador retriever wearing a vest, walked in.
Rachel immediately reached out to pet him and smiled.
Her father, Tommy Hixon, says she rarely warms up to people like she does to animals.
20-year-old Rachel has a genetic condition that causes seizures.
Hixon said, "Really, almost, she just freezes."
That's been happening since Rachel turned three years old.