How Two Kindergarten Students Formed an Unbreakable Bond

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parker Sullivan, 4, "never quite fit into a friend group," according to his mother, Megan Sullivan.

Parker is gifted, which his mother said is "incredible but can be difficult at times." One of those times was in prekindergarten, when Parker cried every morning because he didn't want to play with toys or the other kids. Even in his daycare, he only wanted to talk to the teachers.

"He has truly struggled to find his place," Sullivan told ABC News. "He didn’t have the same interests as his peers, but he was too immature to be friends with the older kids."

Halfway through the year, the decision was made to move Parker up to kindergarten. That's where he met Janelle.

"Her mother told me that she was having trouble making friends as well, but when the two met, they became inseparable," Sullivan said. "Parker’s friend [Janelle] teaches him how to be a kid, running around, being silly, and picking up worms, while he teaches her to read, write, and memorize the periodic table. Their friendship truly is beautiful and innocent. They wake up excited to see each other, play all day at school together, and then ask to play after school together every single day."

The photo of the two friends was taken by photographer Beanna Rendon of More Than Words Photography. Her son goes to school with Parker and Janelle. Touched by the bond she witnessed between the two children, she asked their moms if she could photograph the "sweet couple" at "this stage of their amazing friendship."

Rendon told ABC News, "The little boy is highly gifted, and was never interested in making friends his age, playing with toys, laughing at little things but that was all until her met her. He goes to school every day with a big smile on his face knowing she will be there and she lights up as soon as she sees him. As a mom and a photographer, I noticed their special bond and how truly sweet and magical it was."

The photo quickly caught the attention of mom blogs everywhere.

"I was joking with my dad about how funny it is that so many people are interested in these two and their little story," Sullivan said, "but he brought up a great point. I think these two provide a great reminder of how there is a friend out there for everyone. No matter how 'weird' you may be or what strengths and weaknesses you have, God puts people in your path who need your strengths and who are strong where you are weak," she said.

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors.

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups.

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself.

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard.

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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