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Greyhound Crazy

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  1. I am very sorry to hear this. Walt will indeed by missed by many. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May his memory be eternal.
  2. Agreed. It's heartbreaking to see.
  3. Agreed. At the post-secondary institution where I work, we have a few students who have small dogs as service dogs. Not emotional support dogs, but legitimate service dogs. One is a seizure alert dog. I don't think it is fair to assume all small dogs are fluffy pets. One also can't say that there is no time where a legitimate service dog would not be in its owners lap or with another person. The one student doesn't have the use of arms or legs, and is in a motorized wheelchair. His small dog is on a leash that clips to his belt and sits in his lap, especially inside the building where halls are so crowded there is fear of the dog being trampled. Outside the dog will walk alongside the chair. On occasion the student's human EA will hold the leash and give the potty command to the dog (it all depends on how crowded the quad is). This does not negate the dog's legitimate purpose. The seizure alert dog is a very well behaved small dog, quiet and serious. I do not know if this person would ever want to take a cruise, but if he did (and good for him if he did, cruising is such a lovely time) he'd need to bring his dog and would be well within his right to do so. Further, I imagine in crowded areas he might have the dog on his lap, or in the care of a support person at times. And this would not negate the dog's legitimate purpose either. My small dogs are terrors. They are well educated, thanks to training courses, but use their powers for evil instead of good. My big dogs are clever yet clumsy oafs. I love them all regardless, they do make me happy, and I miss them horribly when I'm away from them, but I'd be the first person jumping overboard the ship if I had to bring them with me. There is a world of difference between a service dog and non-service dogs (or disservice dogs, as mine would have to be called). But I don't think you can so easily say small dogs cannot be service dogs, or say that legitimate service dogs are never on their owners' laps or in the care of someone else.
  4. We also have enjoyed your reviews, and enjoyed the stories you have shared. We are so very sorry for your tremendous loss; please accept our heartfelt condolences. Carm and I wish you and your family strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time.
  5. I have spoken with Captain Eddie and he says if you experience difficulty contacting CR through the website you can message them on facebook or email them directly at info@coolrunningsbarbados.com. I'm happy to answer any questions if you have any. The truth is, you really can't go wrong with any catamaran in Barbados :)
  6. We have been with Cool Runnings three times, twice when we were cruising and once when we were just visiting Barbados. From what I have seen, they are wonderful with kids of all ages, and also with non-swimmers. They have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages aboard. We had our 16 year old daughter with us and while the atmosphere was fun and relaxed, I would not call it a party boat and she did not feel the least bit out of place. In fact, while she tends to be a bit of an introvert, she felt comfortable enough to mingle. The food was amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to go with them again. I don't know why they are slow to respond (this has not been my experience), but I'm sure they will. You can also try messaging them on their facebook page. They tend to be very responsive there.
  7. I would imagine blind people take cruises for the same reasons as anybody else. For that matter, I imagine any differently abled person would take a cruise for the same reasons as anybody else. It would be much more appropriate to ask "why wouldn't they take a cruise". Cruises have more to offer than just a pretty view. Now, I admit I haven't asked any of the blind people I have met on cruises why they took the cruise... it never would have occurred to me to ask such a thing. We have a student where I work who has a seizure detecting dog. It is a smallish lapdog, who rides with him in his wheelchair. It is every bit as much a true service dog as any seeing eye dog and is every bit as well trained and well behaved. When on duty, it only barks when a seizure is imminent (and it's a deliberate, purposeful kind of bark). Much as it has never occurred to me to ask a blind person why they would want to take a cruise, it has also never occurred to me to ask that particular student why he would want to pursue higher education. So yes, there are all kinds of service dogs, and I am grateful for the services they provide to those who need them.
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