Watch This Loyal Dog Calm His Owner As She Suffers An Asperger’s Meltdown

A woman suffering from Asperger’s syndrome set up a home camera to film herself in the midst of a meltdown. This clip features Danielle Jacobs and her service dog, Samson, who is trained to stop his owner’s self-harming episodes. Danielle recorded this video to show people what’s like to live with Asperger’s: “This is what really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis.”

The harrowing video shows Danielle coming out of a depressive episode and heading straight into a panic attack. She punches herself in the head and chest as Samson attempts to comfort his owner. The pup does his job well, standing upon his hind legs and using his paws to stop Danielle’s violent gestures. The trick works. Danielle collapses to the ground, where Samson further comforts his favorite person. The video quickly racked up 1.6 million views on YouTube. Samson deserves all the treats tonight.

(via The Independent)