HOUSTON A young boy living with muscular dystrophy got new hope for the future Thursday, thanks to a four-legged friend.

Joel Poysky, 8, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when he was just 3 years old.

On Thursday, he and his family learned he ll have some much-needed help as his symptoms worsen a specially trained service dog.

Poysky won t get the dog immediately a furry friend needs to be picked out just for him and then trained to meet his needs.

But the Poyskys said they are all excited about the new addition to their family.

Joel s path in life is going to be different than we originally planned. It really makes us feel good to know that he will have a dog, a canine helper, to walk along that path with him, Joel s dad, James Poysky, said.

Kroger teamed up with Milk Bone and the Canine Assistance Program to donate the dog to Joel.

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