A viral Tumblr post has provided potentially live-saving information on what to do if a lone service dog approaches you.
Melissa Hope shared a Tumblr post from lumpatronics on Twitter in order to spread an important message:
If a service dog without a person approaches you, it means the person is down and in need of help.
The story was prompted after the original poster suffered a nasty fall. Though they were fine, their service dog assumed they were suffering a seizure and went to fetch an adult as trained. The posted continued:
I went after him after I had dusted off my jeans and my ego, and I found him trying to get the attention of a very annoyed woman. She was swatting him away and telling him to go away.
The post continued:
Don’t get scared, don’t get annoyed, follow the dog! If it had been an emergency situation, I could have vomited and choked, I could have hit my head, I could have had so many things happen to me.
Having been retweeted more than 120,000 times, hopefully the message is getting across.