Jacklyn, a Walt Disney Imagineer, and her service dog Noodle have proven to be quite the Dynamic Duo. We recently got a look into their “fur-ever” friendship.
Noodle — the First Canine Walt Disney Imagineer
When Jacklyn received an offer to become a communications professional intern at Walt Disney Imagineering, her team soon discovered that a furry friend would be joining her. Not only was Jacklyn joining the team, but so was her service dog, Noodle.
Noodle is the first canine Imagineer in the United States, and she quickly stole the hearts of everyone at the Florida campus.
Jacklyn and Noodle’s story began in 2020 when they shared an instant connection.
“I remember throwing Dollie – now Noodle – a toy when we first met, but she had no interest in it. Instead, she curled herself right in my lap, and I knew she was coming home with me,” Jacklyn explained. “Since then, I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve been apart. She’s a lover, a cuddler, and she saves my life on a constant basis.”
Jacklyn has issues with her cardiac and respiratory systems, so Noodle is her “right-hand pup.” Noodle is a trained service dog that goes everywhere with Jacklyn — including work.
“Walt Disney Imagineering has gone above and beyond to accommodate Noodle and make sure she’s happy, healthy, and safe,” Jacklyn said. “I never thought I’d adopt a service animal, and it was intimidating coming into a new space without knowing how people would react to her. Noodle was accepted immediately, and she’s truly a member of the Imagineering team.”
Noodle is a beloved Imagineer and is a wonderful addition to the Florida campus. In her spare time, Noodle tends to dozens of rubber ducks under Jacklyn’s desk, lounges in her orthopedic bed, or visits cubicles searching for pets and cuddles. Jacklyn’s team recently threw Noodle a surprise fourth birthday party, “complete with puppy presents and a cake.”
“Noodle doesn’t just keep me safe. She makes everyone else happy too, which melts my heart,” Jacklyn said. “Imagineering legends that I’ve idolized my entire life love Noodle as much as I do. Whether it’s a smile in the hallway or pets around the office, I hear all the time that their days are instantly better when they meet her.”
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