Make sure you’re sitting down before you read this article because it contains some seriously cute photos of dogs, which may just cause you to weep with joy.
In the most adorable thing to happen, like, ever, some young service dogs in training visited the magical Disneyland – the photos are just incredible.
The group of doggos were clearly over the moon to meet all of their favourite characters while wearing ears designed just for them.
Get ready to go awwwwwwwwww:
— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 7, 2018
Volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence took their furry friends on the field trip to California and understandably, the photos quickly went viral.
The non-profit organisation trains assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities.
Once the pups have completed training, they’ll become fully-fledged service dogs, going out to people in need, all for free.
Yesterday Disney Land had a service dog field trip. If this isn’t the cutest thing pic.twitter.com/fGmrjqf3ln
— Nicole Brown (@NicoleTatum26) March 30, 2018
The majority of the dogs came from Sacramento and were raised by volunteers, including Laura Allen, who’s raised eleven puppies so far.
Speaking to ABC10, Allen revealed the dogs’ favourite part of the trip was meeting and greeting all the Disney characters.
She also stated how the outing is vital when it comes to training:
It’s great socialisation for the dogs. There are different sounds, people, kids.
Allen explained she regularly takes dogs to Disneyland but this is the first time they’ve got so much attention online.
When you look at the photos, you can see why:
— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 4, 2018
— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 5, 2018
Volunteers like Allen raise the dogs from when they are just eight-week-old puppies until they’re aged between 18-to-20 months.
When their training is complete, the dogs go to people with disabilities, like 72-year-old Nancy Sawhney, who has a similar condition to ALS.
Having been in a wheelchair for 30 years, Sawhney has had four service dogs.
TGIF!!! It’s almost time for the weekend! pic.twitter.com/gZ4HrTFthE
— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 6, 2018
Speaking about the pups to ABC10, Sawhney said:
She’s trained to pick up anything I drop, pull my wheelchair, turn on light switches. These dogs are just amazing.
Life is so much more fulfilled with a dog like this by my side.
To find out more about Canine Companions for Independence, you can visit their website
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.