Ever since Henry first found his mother, Jessica Paulsen in early 2017, as a service dog, his life has turned upside down.
Henry helps Paulsen, who suffers from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), every day. From assisting in deep pressure therapy to retrieving her husband in case of emergencies, Henry even pulls his mom around to help her save energy.
He makes her life so easy and happy. No wonder they’ve been best friends since Day 1. They go everywhere together, but their favorite has to be Disney World.
They’ve been there a total of six times. Four of those were to help Henry with his service dog training. But their recent trip had a little something extra, a photo shoot.
From Kevin from ‘Up’…
…a classic Disney shot…
…to a lantern from ‘Tangled’.
They also had a round of dress up. A photo that will melt even the coldest of hearts.
While they love their Disney adventures, they also like sharing awareness. Since not everyone knows what to do with a service dog, the pair love teaching other people about their lives.
“I try to correct people when they say ‘You can bring dogs here?’ Because for a regular dog, Disney World would be a stressful environment,” Paulsen said. “It’s tough for me to have to tell kids that Henry cannot be pet while he is working. Every once in awhile we do allow pets, and it’s a good chance for us to educate kids and their parents about how to interact with working dogs and to never pet without asking.”
Henry has made a lot of progress since his first trip. And Paulsen is nothing but proud of her doggie.
“When we first came to Disney over a year ago, Henry was way too excited to meet characters; it was cute but it didn’t bode well for his training,” Paulsen said. “He is still not perfect, but seeing how far he has come when he meets characters makes me so proud.”
One of their favorite things to do in Disneyland at the end of their trip is to see the fireworks. In these moments, Paulsen loves looking at the pure joy in her dog’s face.
“The show at Magic Kingdom is probably what I look forward to the most because I get to sit there with my best friend laying on my lap and really appreciate what he has given me,” Paulsen said. “It probably sounds silly but that show is all about following your dreams and having Henry gave me back the dreams I thought were lost forever. I always cry!”
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