See larger J.C. Bowen, 6, who has autism, hugs his service dog Pepsi, a golden retriever, left, outside of his home in Golden Gate Estates on Nov. 12, 2010. Bowen's mother, Elizabeth, is battling Collier County Schools to allow Pepsi to join J.C. in the classroom. Bowen says the dog fits in the school board's policy to allow for service animals if the family can demonstrate they are needed, because Pepsi is trained to help if J.C. has a seizure. Greg Kahn/Staff

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J.C. Bowen, 6, who has autism, hugs his service dog Pepsi, a golden retriever, left, outside of his home in Golden Gate Estates on Nov. 12, 2010. Bowen's mother, Elizabeth, is battling Collier County Schools to allow Pepsi to join J.C. in the classroom. Bowen says the dog fits in the school board's policy to allow for service animals if the family can demonstrate they are needed, because Pepsi is trained to help if J.C. has a seizure. Greg Kahn/Staff

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