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When Someone Tells You To Stop Petting His/Her Dog, Just Back Off. Find Out Why!

To say the truth, a service dog can really be helpful in the life of a disabled person, and that’s why Hailey Ashmore has one.

Hailey struggles with anumber of ailments, includingasthma and epilepsy. It’s been so severe that she was forced to forgo her dancing adventure, playing the violin as well as her position as a member of the students’ council. She now only attends her classes online.

At just 16, Hailey relies much on her service dog, Flynn, as well as her parents, her nurse and lots of medication.

For a person to qualify to be allowed to live with a service dog, they must be in a critical condition of disability whereby they cannot operate normally. If you want to train your own dog for the purpose, it could take as much as 2 years to fully develop the animal’s capabilities.

In this video, you get to see what happens when Hailey meets some people who happen to love petting dogs, so they start petting Flynn. She objects but her pleas fall on deaf ears. What happens next will drop your two jaws!

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This is Hailey Ashmore and her service dog, Flynn.

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Hailey has had Flynn since he was an itty-bitty puppy.

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Needless to say, it was love at first sight.

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Hailey also struggles with several conditions. “I have epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, reactive hypoglycemia, severe allergies, gastroparesis, asthma, and more,” Hailey told Fetching Apparel.

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Flynn isn’t just a friend — he is Hailey’s service dog. Flynn can sense when Hailey is going to have a seizure before it happens. This gives Hailey time to respond, get help, and find a safe place.

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One day, Hailey was visiting her dad at work. When she arrived with Flynn, a staff member could not resist how adorable he is. They began to pet him, ignoring the giant “STOP” sign he wears. “I immediately told him to stop [petting Flyyn],” Hailey told the Dodo.

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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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While Flynn was distracted from the petting, Hailey had a seizure. “I am used to him giving me 10 minute warnings, so when he alerted that’s what I thought I had,” explained 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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Hailey woke up with rug burns on her head.

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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. 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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Many of us are so eager to connect with animals, we often forget that they are protecting their human. Let’s learn something from another’s mistake and be more mindful of other people’s animals!

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