A golden retriever named Henry went to live with his owner, a woman named Jessica Paulsen, in 2017. Henry is her service dog, and from the moment he stepped into her life he has changed everything for her. Jessica has a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (also known as POTS). Henry works as a service dog for her by giving her deep pressure therapy, which means he uses his body weight to increase her blood pressure. This helps with her fainting and nausea episodes and makes them shorter. Henry is also trained to go alert her husband if there is an emergency. He also helps pick things up for Jessica and pulls her forward so she can conserve her energy. There’s no question Henry has made his mom’s life easier and the two are the best of friends.
They go everywhere together, but one of there most favorite places to visit is none other than Disney World. In fact, Henry and Jessica have visited Disney World six times together in the last two years. Four of their trips were to help with Henry’s service dog training. They both love visiting the them park together, so on their most recent trip they planned a special photoshoot to commemorate the occasion. They took plenty of photos together, dressing up as characters from the movie Up and holding a lantern like the movie tangled—and Henry even dressed up as Dumbo for a photo.
Best of all, their trips to Disney are great teaching moments for the guests they encounter at the park. Some people don’t know how to act around a service dog and it’s a great opportunity to educate them. Jessica says it’s a great opportunity to explain to children and their parents that you shouldn’t pet a working dog and you should always ask before doing so. A theme park like Disney would be a stressful environment for most dogs, but it’s just another day in the life for Henry thanks to his intensive training.