When Atlas, a sweet dog entered Julian Gavino’s life, things have never been better. Gavino is wheelchair bound and has come to rely on Atlas’ training as a service animal to make performing everyday tasks a little easier.
Atlas is also a faithful and loving friend.
Atlas has another love…a stuffed Pluto doll that he snuggles with every night.
“It’s his favorite toy,” Gavino said.
Gavino thought it would be a nice to reward for Atlas’ exceptional service by arranging a visit with a living version of his Pluto toy. They headed to where the real-life Pluto lives, at Disney World, in Florida.
Atlas could not have been more excited to meet his hero.
“I love to see Atlas have fun,” Gavino said. “He deserves it after working so hard. Some days he works really long hours so he needs that type of downtime. It’s so important.”
Meeting Pluto is nothing compared to the gifts Atlas gives to Gavino every single day.
“He’s given me back my independence,” Gavino said. “He gets my clothes in the morning, helps me get dressed/undressed, opens/closes drawers, opens/closes doors, pulls my wheelchair, wakes me up if I pass out, and retrieves items for me.”
Atlas’ service is priceless.
“He’s amazing,” Gavino said. “He’s also a forever companion! So I’m never alone through anything.”
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