Service Dog Comforts Owner During Asperger’s-Related ‘Meltdown’

Service dog Samson responds when his owner, Danielle Jacobs, repeatedly strikes herself in this extremely candid video.

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Samson comes to the rescue when his owner attempts to harm herself.

Danielle Jacobs has Asperger’s syndrome, a condition that can cause what she calls “meltdowns,” episodes where she sometimes hits herself in the head and body. Fortunately, she also has her service dog, Samson.

Earlier this month, Jacobs posted a powerful video to YouTube in which Samson “alerts” when he sees her strike herself and tries to calm her down.

“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,” Jacobs explains in the YouTube description.

Aided by Samson, Jacobs stops harming herself and sits down, wrapping her arms around her dog. The intense and intimate video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times since it went up June 1.

“This is what having Asperger’s is like,” Jacobs wrote. “Please no negative comments. This really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis.”

Thank you, Danielle, for being brave enough to share this.

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