Disney World is indeed one of the happiest places on earth. But it is not only a place where kids and kids-at-heart enjoy and have fun; it is also a place for service dogs to train and develop their service skills.
One of the service dogs who has been a regular in Disney World is Henry. Henry has been working as a service dog for Jessica Paulsen since 2017 and has had his training in the theme park ever since.
Jessica lives with a condition known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a disorder in her circulatory system which causes her to faint easily when she suddenly stands. For her condition, Henry helps her by assisting her in her deep pressure therapies. Henry helps Jessica manage her blood pressure and prevent fainting by providing her some support with her body weight.
Henry also does the regular service dogs skills, such as fetching another person for help, carrying things for Jessica, and helping Jessica move around. The two has been inseparable since they met, and have become the best of friends already.
Jessica and Henry’s favorite place to visit is Disney World. They have been in the theme park for six times already, with four of these visits made mainly for Henry’s training.
The first time Jessica brought Henry to Disney World, the service dog could not contain himself around all the sceneries and the characters that he kind of forgot about his training. However, Henry has come a long way from being an overly excited dog to being an orderly service dog in Disney World.
Whenever the duo is in the park, they try to use the opportunity to bring awareness to people regarding the work of service dogs. Technically, these dogs are always at work, so petting them is not as welcome as petting a normal dog. In a busy place such as Disney World, service dogs have to be on guard all the time for their owners.
Jessica and Henry always wrap up their Disney World trip with the iconic firework shows, which they watch together while Henry lies on Jessica’s lap. This pair indeed makes their Disney trips more memorable simply by being with each other.
Photos courtesy of Henry and Jessica’s Instagram page.