Dogs are supposed to be a man’s best friend, and there are so many stories around where dogs save their owners or mourn for them if they die – but this service dog may have topped them all.
Samson is a service dog who is trained to deal with the struggles of his owner, Danielle, who has Asperger syndrome, and who has problems with her inability to control her own emotions and bouts of very low self esteem. She also has issues with depression and self harm, so when one of her episodes occurred, it was down to Samson to step in.
Danielle Jacobs, the girl in the video, wrote:
This is what’s considered a meltdown. Yes Samson is alerting.
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.
The dog went above and beyond and the footage is heart-breaking to watch, and shows how Danielle struggles on a daily basis, but it also shows just how responsive Samson is.