Service dog meets real life version of favorite stuffed animal—his reaction is too cute for words

The golden retriever has a stuffed Pluto at home that he "loves so much."
January 23, 2018 4:37 pm Last Updated: January 23, 2018 6:37 pm

Atlas the service dog just met his doppelganger at Walt Disney World and we can’t get over their cute interaction.

Every week Atlas and his owner, 22-year-old Julian Gavino, make the trip from their home in Sarasota, Florida, to Walt Disney World—Gavino is an annual pass holder—and while the two experience plenty of Disney magic with each trip to the park, they have yet to interact with Pluto.

That all changed recently when Gavino noticed Pluto standing at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot.

Gavino received Atlas from New Horizons Service Dogs.

Posted by Julian Gavino on Friday, January 19, 2018

The 22-year-old has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3, which is a genetic connective tissue disorder, and uses a wheelchair to help him get around.

In November Gavino received Atlas to help him more easily accomplish everyday tasks.

“He’s given me back my independence,” Gavino told The Dodo. “He gets my clothes in the morning, helps me get dressed/undressed, opens/closes drawers, opens/closes doors, pulls my wheelchair, wakes me up if I pass out, and retrieves items for me.”

Even though Atlas is a working dog, he still has plenty of time for fun.

Atlas and I are so taken a back at the response from our Pluto video. I definitely never expected this when I posted…

Posted by Julian Gavino on Monday, January 22, 2018

“I love to see him have fun,” Gavino told InsideEdition. “Some days, he works long hours, so it’s important for him to get to do this kind of stuff.”

One way the two have fun is go to Walt Disney World each weekend.

During a recent trip Atlas got to meet the real life version of one of his favorite stuffed animals.

Atlas’s reaction to seeing Pluto in real life was precious.

Gavino told ABC News that the golden retriever has a stuffed Pluto at home that he “loves so much.” So, it was not too much of a surprise that Atlas was excited to see Pluto.

The 22-year-old commented that he was “a little concerned” Atlas would mistake Pluto for a giant stuffed animal, but his concern was put to rest as he witnessed Atlas happily wag his tail and bump noses with Mickey Mouse’s friend.

Hopefully this won’t be the last time Atlas gets to see his pal Pluto.

Posted by Julian Gavino on Saturday, January 20, 2018