Posted January 12th, 2018, 09:58 PM
I don’t have a service dog, I don’t have an emotional support dog, heck, I don’t have a dog. Or cat. Or any animal. I have allergies and I lived upstairs from two not-allowed-at-the-apt-complex dogs who were “service dogs”.
During that time I became quite knowledgeable of the ADA, and I learned a ton about what service dogs do and how they act.
We ended up moving bc the management wasn’t willing to do what they were legally allowed to do.
I'm on board Oasis as we speak and they have listed a group on board, Paws with a Cause, there have been a lot of dogs on board but these are real service animals. All large dogs, most some kinda of lab or lab mix and very very well behaved with service vests.
All you’ve seen are the larger breed dogs. Why don’t you talk to people about the real smaller breed service dogs that are out there? They exist. They have a purpose. They don’t always wear vests. You might learn interesting things about how service dogs don’t all wear vests and aren’t all labs.
If you are pushing a dog in a stroller, or it's stuffed in your purse,it is NOT a "service animal". Service animals are working...and are identified by the vest they wear. Kudos for service animals.
Not true at all. Except for the kudos part.
SIMPLE! If the dog is well behaved and sits under tables or quietly at foot of owner = trained service animal.
If the animal is in a doll outfit or pushed in a stroller or being carted around by an emasculated man and calling it a fur baby = pet.
You don’t have a handle on service animals.
Not all are trained from birth.
Not all are dealing with human issues where lying at the foot of the human is useful.
Not all are big.
Not all are owned by people who can carry them or deal with leashes.
Little dogs can get very tired walking all day with their humans.
A carrying device doesn’t mean they aren’t service dogs.
Small animals get cold.
Many people dress their smaller dogs to keep them from being cold.
The choice to dress a smaller dog in something cute doesn’t negate the good the dog might be doing.
As for the whole emasculated man thing. That’s either anti man or anti woman and I’m not sure which. Might be both. Men are perfectly allowed to have small dogs and it doesn’t make them less of a man to carry them or to put cute clothing on the animal. Didn’t make my father MORE of a man to have Malamutes, either.
And service animals don’t even have to be trained in obedience.
If we ran across a shivery yippy applehead chihuahua that could sense my husband’s blood sugar changes, we’d find it clothes to stay warm, keep it close to DH (which might involve carrying it or having it in a wheeled conveyance, and be happy about it.
If my son’s one febrile seizure had actually been a seizure disorder and we had found some crazy little dog that could sense an oncoming seizure and alert him so he could stay safe, we wouldn’t care one bit how YOU might react to it.
Please remember that a medical alert dog doesn't have to be a large dog. Since my dog smells for changes in my blood sugar, it is sometimes hard to stop her from sniffing other people. She has alerted on other people(neighbors) when she detects a high level or low level of blood sugar.
On radiance, I saw a dog in a stroller all dressed up for formal night.
At least they should write a law requiring the service animal be licensed.
I’m glad that the dog was warm in that cold MDR.
There is no national service dog license or registry.
I’m fine with that. I don’t want to make the lives of people with disabilities harder or more expensive. Just my own philosophy.
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