Have you tried picturing in your head that one heart-fluttering moment you get to finally meet the person you look up to? The scene you’re imagining, it sure is a bright and blissful one, isn’t it? After all, it’s someone whose books you’ve read, whose songs you listen to every day, and whose films you’ve watched at least three times—creating a connection deeper than you think. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when you meet each other face to face, a friendship is almost instantly formed.
But there are those who will tell you, “Never meet your idols!” Here’s a friendly piece of advice: don’t listen to them. They’re probably still reeling from a bad celebrity encounter. Instead, take a cue from this special guy right here. After noticing that his golden retriever loved a Disney character, this dog owner did everything so his pal, a service dog, could meet his favorite Disney icon.
In the now-viral and heartwarming video, the cheerful service dog meets Pluto in a special encounter at the happiest place on earth.
The Happiest Place on Earth: Loyal Service Dog Meets Pluto at Disneyland
For Julian Gavino, Atlas is the best service dog he could ever ask for. The golden retriever has been by Julian’s side as he continues to battle against a rare connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Atlas even accompanies Julian to his college classes.
Over the first few months they’ve been together, Julian noticed that Atlas had developed an obsession with a Pluto stuffed animal he had. So the 22-year-old decided to do something extra special by arranging a meet-and-greet with the real Pluto at Disney World!
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As you can see from the clip, Atlas is totally fine with meeting his idol.
Pluto, best known as Mickey Mouse’s four-legged friend, welcomes Atlas with open arms as Julian watches. He can’t help but crack a smile when Atlas finally warms up to Pluto. It looks like the pooch has finally realized that his stuffed animal has come to life.
When the two start playing together, Atlas’s body language tells you that he’s super excited to make a new friend. The character then squats as if to show the dog that he is just as excited. At one point, Atlas even lovingly licks Pluto’s eyelid!
Fortunately, Julian had someone capture the whole thing on camera. He uploaded the adorable clip on Facebook where it has since gone viral. Watch the video below and prepare to go “aawww” at the very end!