Arizona resident Danielle Jacobs has Asperger’s syndrome, which is a subset of autism with very particular symptoms. People with Asperger’s are prone to having depressive episodes and anxious meltdowns, during which they will often self-harm in various ways. In order to combat these moments, she trained her dog Sampson to step in and help when she can’t help herself. Here’s what Danielle had to say about the video: “This is what having Asperger’s is really like. This is what’s considered a meltdown. Yes, Samson is alerting. I trained him to alert to depressive episodes or self-harm, but not both. He still alerted.” Warning: This video is difficult to watch, but what this dog does to help his struggling owner is nothing short of extraordinary.
She’s Having An Asperger’s Meltdown. How Her Dog Responds Will Touch Your Heart. April 1, 2023