Service Dogs of America has recognized Romeo, a mixed-breed dog belonging to Phyllis Kidwell of Camano Island, as a Certified Service Dog. The recognition came Friday upon passage of a battery of tests, after more than a year of intensive training that involved both Kidwell and the dog. Kidwell obtained Romeo, now 2 ½, from an animal shelter when he was a puppy. His duties will involve assisting her elderly father to deal with physical disabilities. As a Certified Service Dog, Romeo is entitled by law to accompany and assist his human companion in business places where dogs usually are prohibited. His training consisted of extensive obedience work and socialization to diverse environments and situations. Congratulations to both Phyllis and Romeo on their achievement after months of hard work!