Everyone knows the kind of pluses you get from owning a dog. Dogs accept you for who you are, they console you, are your friend for life, and they even help to relieve your stress. Getting a dog is one of the best decisions that someone can make. But there are sometimes dogs that are so special, that you can’t even pet because if you do, something bad happens to the owner.
Hailey Ashmore is a good example of this. She is just 16 years old, but already very, very sick. But her dog Flynn helps her every day and has already saved her life.
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Hailey has had Flynn since he was a little puppy.
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Flynn is just a cute as he is clever. And he helps Hailey with all her physical ailments.
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Hailey suffers from epilepsy, Ehlery-Danlos syndrome, asthma, allergies, and an array of other sicknesses.
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Flynn also helps Hailey not just emotionally throughout her daily struggle with life. He is also Hailey’s service dog.
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He informs Hailey immediately when she is about to have a seizure. Hailey is thus able to get to safety, call for help and then prepare herself for the seizure. But sometimes this doesn’t work because some people don’t know how to handle a support dog.
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And then something horrible can happen: Hailey visited her father recently at work. When she and Flynn arrive, they meet one of his coworkers. He pets Flynn immediately and Hailey tries to stop him.
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A huge stop sign is stitched onto Flynn’s vest so that people know not to pet him. But people continue to do so, even with the warning.
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"The only time somebody should ever approach Flynn and I is if I am unconscious and/or having a seizure. Besides that, nobody should try to pet or get near him. I wish people could understand that's what the giant stop sign patch means. If somebody distracts him I can get seriously hurt. If you see a service dog in public please educate your children, your friends, your family, anybody else that they are doing a really important job. Thank you.”
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As Flynn is petted, Hailey has a seizure. “I am used to him giving me 10 minute warnings, so when he alerted that’s what I thought I had,” explains Hailey. “Out of nowhere I remember the world going black. I woke up with Flynn on top of my legs and my father cradling my head. On the whole left side of my face there was a terrible sting that made me tear up.”
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"My service dog is my lifeline. I don't say that to be cute. He helps keep me alive just like life support. If he gets distracted this happens. If he gets distracted I can die.
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Do not pet service dogs. Do not call to service dogs. Do not taunt service dogs. Do not talk to service dogs. Do not do anything to service dogs. Thank you," she wrote on Instagram.
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It is important that everyone knows that. Service dogs aren’t companions, but rather they protect their owners. Without them their owners are often lost. That is why it is so important that all people know how to treat a service dog. Share this message. It can save a life.

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