This Service Dog Got to Meet the Real-life Version of His Favorite Pluto Toy at Disney World
We all wish we could meet our heroes at some time or another — even if those heroes are cartoon dogs. Where better to fulfill that wish than at the place where dreams come true?
A friendly service dog named Atlas got to do just that when he had the opportunity to meet classic Disney canine Pluto at Disney World’s EPCOT park last weekend. His owner, Julian Gavino, posted a video of the adorable encounter on Facebook, writing, “Atlas was more than excited to meet his best pal look alike.”
Gavino told ABC News that Pluto has been a favorite of his golden retriever companion for a long time. However, until last week, Atlas only knew of Pluto as a large stuffed animal that he “loves so much” at home.
Upon meeting his favorite pal in person, Atlas seems apprehensive at first, but soon becomes playful, sniffing and wagging his tail as Pluto plays along.
Atlas isn’t the first pup to meet up with the larger-than-life Disney dog at the theme park. Last year, another video went viral after an adorable guide dog in training was more than a bit excited to meet his idol.
Gavino, who lives about two hours from the parks in Sarasota, Florida, says he’s taken his service companion to Disney World about once a week since he got him. It seems that this trip, however, was special for both of them.