Sarah Palin posted photos to her Facebook showing her six-year-old son Trig, who suffers from Down Syndrome, stepping on the family dog, a black Labrador, to use as a step to reach the kitchen sink.

Almost immediately the post drew ire from animal rights advocates that this sort of behavior should be discouraged.

Palin included with the photos this text.

Happy New Year!

May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mam not acknowledging his signs for “up!”, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.

– Sarah Palin