Watch service dog calm down owner with Asperger syndrome

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*** Warning: The video above contains emotional and medical content some may find difficult to watch.

A recent viral video shows a touching moment between a service dog and its owner, who has Asperger syndrome.

“This is what having aspergers [sic] is like,” wrote YouTube user Danielle Jacobs. Jacobs posted the video online June 1, which appears to show her experiencing what she terms a “meltdown” as a symptom of her condition.

Jacobs wrote in the caption that the dog in the video is her service dog, Samson. In the video Samson is seen approaching Jacobs, who is experiencing an episode, crying and shaking.

The video is hard to watch, but it has a sweet ending. The dog is alerted to the woman, and begins pawing at its owner until she finally sits down on the floor. Samson continues to comfort her as she calms down.

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Those who have it are often considered “high functioning,” but have some issues with social interactions and communication. For more information on the condition, go here.

Jacobs’s video currently has nearly 950,000 views and hundreds of comments, much of them positive feedback and encouragement.

Watch the whole incident in the video above.

 

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1 Comment

  • willmette

    Finally a real service dog.
    Too many people are using the service dog loophole to bring their animals into places where food is served, like the kangaroo in Wisconsin, without any regard to people with pet allergies.
    Soon service animals will need to have id cards if things continue at this rate.