Jessica’s service dog, Henry, now knows why Disney is the happiest place in the world. It was where he met his Disney hero and doggie idol, Dug, and for him, nothing beats that experience!

Henry, the service dog

Henry is a golden retriever, and he’s also Jessica Paulsen’s service dog. Jessica deals with a long list of medical conditions, including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, among others. With Henry’s help, Jessica can go through her day with more ease and little stress as possible.


Jessica knows Henry has been working so hard to help her, and it’s only right to give the good pooch a unique reward. So, she decided to take Henry to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom for a fun and carefree day.

Henry meets Dug

But their outing turned out to be more exciting than Jessica thought. Henry adores Dug, the dog character in the Disney movie “Up,” and seeing Dug in person would be just magical for him.

When Henry saw Dug, he just couldn’t contain his excitement. The good dog rushed over to Dug and started nuzzling his idol. It didn’t end there. Jessica managed to get a photo of Henry flanked with Dug on one side, and Russell, another “Up” character on the other. And then, Henry sealed the meet-and-greet with a few wet kisses to Dug.

For Jessica, this is just a small treat compared to Henry’s massive role in her life. It isn’t easy to deal with so many medical conditions, but Henry helped her regain her independence and have a semblance of a normal life.

Jessica’s post of Henry’s encounter with Dug has since gone viral, amassing more than 30,000 likes on Instagram. Her followers are cheering and congratulating Henry on this fantastic experience.

Henry certainly deserves this treat, and it’s probably one of the best that he’ll never forget. Watch Henry’s adorable reaction on seeing Dug in the video below.

Thanks to kinghenryofnashville



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