Pets have the uncanny ability to know when something isn’t right. Pair that with their heart-melting skill of comforting you in the very worst of times and it’s clear why they call dogs (and should extend the courtesy to cats) man’s best friend. They’re the most sympathetic ear and the most enthusiastic support system any human could hope to have, and this clip perfectly captures a pup filling this essential role.
Captured by the owner in the video to illustrate this dog’s training and the realities of living with the syndrome, this clip of a Rottweiler comforting a woman with Asperger’s in the middle of an emotional breakdown has us reaching for our own furry friends. Though Danielle Jacobs’s dog Sampson is trained as a service animal and is seen alerting in the video, the emotional connection between the two is clear as day. Jacobs details how in sync Sampson is with her personal needs in the description she added to her video, saying:
“I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self harm not both but he alerted. It appears the response is late but it's actually supposed to be as I'm coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after.”
Jacobs’s astonishing strength and bravery in welcoming the world into her daily life has us floored, and the end of the video, when she sits on the floor and hugs Sampson, makes us want to rush home to give our own furry friends a squeeze.
Watch Sampson in action calming and comforting his owner in the video below.
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