Student Begs Professor To Bring Her Dog To Class Before Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017
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As Hurricane Irma was rapidly approaching, Jessica Lewis decided that she and her dog, Luna, should evacuate their college town and drive home to her family near Atlanta. Classes were being canceled in anticipation of the storm, however, before she and her four-legged friend could leave, Lewis had one final class to attend.

Not wanting to waste any amount of time, Lewis decided that it would be easiest to bring Luna to her last class with her so that they could leave immediately after — but first, she had to ask her professor if that would be in order.

Lewis had absolutely no idea how her professor would react to having a dog in class, and so Lewis wrote him a detailed, thoughtful email, begging and pleading with him to let her bring Luna to class. She even included a few pictures of Luna, hoping that her adorable face would help sway him.

Lewis anxiously awaited her professor’s response, and when he finally emailed her back … … she was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find that she had absolutely nothing to worry about.

“Did you think calling me ‘cool’ would get me to say yes,” Lewis’ professor wrote. “Because it won’t work. What will work is that she’s obviously a good girl so of course you can bring her.”   

As it turns out, Lewis’ professor is actually a huge dog lover, and was, in fact, more than happy to welcome Luna to his final class before the fast approaching hurricane.

The rest of the class was also delighted by Luna’s presence, and she was a perfect, attentive student for the entire hour and 15 minutes. She was pretty well-behaved in class,” Lewis said to the media. “She went straight to whoever was talking for the most part, like if someone was answering or asking a question. Just walked around and got pets from everyone and made friends. The really funny part was that every time the professor stopped and asked if anyone had questions or comments, she whined loudly like she was responding. It was hilarious.”  

Even though Luna was the tiniest bit distracting during class …… no one seemed to mind one bit and everyone absolutely adored having her there, especially the professor. “He loved having her and had no complaints at all,” Lewis said. “He was wonderful about it; he just laughed with us whenever she did something funny.”  

Luna loved attending the class just as much as everyone loved having her there, and she was pretty sad when it was finally over and she and her mom had to start their road trip home to beat the storm.

Thanks to the kind and understanding professor, the pair was able to evacuate in a timely way and made it home safely — and gave everyone in class something to smile about.

Hurricane Irma is a tropical cyclone that recently made landfall in the U.S. state of Florida as a major hurricane, and was the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma has caused widespread and catastrophic damage on its track across the Atlantic, most of which was caused in the northeastern Caribbean. It is also the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005.

The storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands as a Category 5 hurricane. The hurricane has caused at least 42 deaths thus far (one in Anguilla, one in Barbados, three in Barbuda, ten in Cuba, eleven in the French West Indies, three in Puerto Rico, four on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten, five in the contiguous United States, and four in the U.S. Virgin Islands).

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