Not only was it a fun day at Disney for Julian Gavino, his service dog, Atlas, enjoyed it just as much — and met one of his favorite characters!
Gavino and his dog are regulars at the theme park but this trip was special in that Atlas met the life-sized version of his favorite plushy.
Gavino, 22, has a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3. Atlas, whom he acquired via New Horizons Service Dogs in Orange City, FL, is his constant companion, but service dogs don’t work all the time and the golden retriever enjoys all the toys he has at home. Pluto is his favorite.
When Gavino and Atlas got the chance to meet Pluto at Epcot, Pluto was more than happy to oblige, squatting down to play a bit with his furry look-alike. Atlas got increasingly excited (we think he might have found the character to be the coolest, biggest interactive toy he’d ever seen!) and Gavino’s friends captured the meeting on video
“Atlas was more than excited to meet his best pal look alike,” Gavino commented on his video, which since he posted it has gone viral.