Nala is a service dog who takes her job very seriously.
But this dog not only knows how to work hard, but she also knows how to play hard.
Especially at Disney World.
Nala performs medical response tasks for her owner, Megan Leigh, as well as visits the theme park. It has become a tradition for the two, so much that Nala and Leigh have matching mouse ears.
“I have always loved Disney,” Leigh shared with The Dodo. “Before I got a service dog, my health would get in the way of me traveling independently. So now I can go to Disney and enjoy myself because Nala helps me be more independent.”
Nala shares Leigh’s heart for Disney and is able to experience most of the park with her owner, from going on rides to meeting the characters.
“They can go on any rides with their handler as long as they don’t have a height requirement,” Leigh said. “Her favorite ride is the People Mover because she can feel the wind in her face!”
But above all, Nala loves meeting the princesses.
“Her favorite parts of Disney would be going to the Magic Kingdom,” Leigh said. “She loves doing character meet-and-greets as her ‘Go say hi’ command is a fun reward for her. Meeting the princesses is a favorite!”
And when Nala is able to play with the princesses, she is treated like a queen:
“[The princesses] love her! Many of them recognize her because we are annual pass holders,” Leigh said. “They always say, ‘Hi Nala! It’s so good to see you again!’”
Nala adores the attention, especially from Ariel and Cinderella, her favorite characters. Ariel always invites Nala to come and sit on her bench with her while Cinderella give out the best belly rubs.
Leigh is very thankful for the hard work Nala puts in each day and makes sure that Nala is comfortable with a cooling vest as well as booties to protect her paws from the hot pavement.
“We are best friends and a team! She helps me, I help her,” Leigh said. “A balance is important in working dogs. That’s why I believe it’s so important that she gets to have fun at Disney, too.”