I know how nice it would be if we could bring our pets everywhere we go, but there's generally good reasons for not allowing pets in certain areas. It can be a food safety hazard at restaurants, buildings don't want to clean up after a poorly trained pet, and so on.
Service animals are given separate treatment and allowances for the work they do an in consideration for their owners, who have disabilities that the dog is trained to handle. They are an allowance made under the Americans With Disabilities Act. It's easy not to see it that way, since these days most people you come across with a service dog aren't blind or obviously impaired, but service dogs can do so much more that still requires them to be with their owners constantly. They can also detect seizures, for instance, before they happen, allowing someone to get to safety before its onset. Service dogs are also trained to handle disorders such as panic disorders, PTSD, and depression. The most common image we have of the service dog is the dog leading a blind man as we've seen in movies and media.
They do important work, but some people have taken to putting service dog vests on their pets so that they can bring them into buildings and other locations that normally wouldn't. While this urge is understandable, if there's any misbehavior at all, it reflects badly on service animals in general and the reputation of those who actually need them, making their motives suspect. The issue has become serious enough that Wyoming is considering making it illegal to pretend a pet is a service animal. The Washington Times states that "In one case, a client who uses a dog for balance took it to a grocery store. Another person's pet dog ran up and startled the service animal, causing the client to fall." In these cases it not only does damage to the reputation of service animals and their owners, but can cause physical harm to people as well.
As nice as it would be to have your pet with you at all times, for the consideration of others, please don't try and pass of a pet as a service dog.
Finished up the Midlee products I was working with, so I have one last batch for you until further notice. This week we're talking about birthdays, dresses, and birds...not all at the same time, of course.For the first time I got to work with a product designed for birds, which was quite the pleasant surprise. [...]
We'll continue the theme of dentistry as it's still February and therefore National Pet Dental Health Month. As much as things like dry food, daily bones or rawhide, and well-loved rope toys can help with your pet's dental health, brushing their teeth is still the most effective way to keep their pearly whites white and disease-free. [...]
There's a few different things to talk about this week! Still working with Midlee's fantastic products and I've got a little something from across the board this week.Maybe I'm attached to florals because they remind me of spring, which isn't approaching quite fast enough for my liking. This pink rose tutu dress for dogs has my [...]
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. It's just as important to keep up with your pet's dental health as it is for you to keep up with yours. They get tartar build-up, plague, and possible gum infections just like us. So, as much as the idea of brushing your pet's teeth might seem strange, it's [...]
So this week I worked exclusively with our brand, Midlee. Saw a lot of awesome stuff (there is a lot of sweaters you all should check out, I've felt them, they are comfy and I want one, but they're for dogs, so let your dog be comfy).First, I'll start with the item related to the [...]
Last catch-up post and I'm on to the recent stuff, but stick around because summer was the theme this week, and thinking about it makes the winter cold just a little more bearable. Especially when you get to think of days at the beach.Puppe Love brings the essence of summer days at the beach to [...]
I know I've been out a couple weeks, so I'm playing a round of catch-up and I'm ready to show off a whole slew of new things! The last week of January was a bit all over the place, but the 4th of July was the theme for part of it, so get ready to [...]
The first dog is believed to have been large, toothy, and 31,700 years old. It was found in Belgium. Prior to the discovery of this dog the oldest (now second oldest) known dog was 14,000 years old and was discovered in Russia. It seems they may have earned their keep, using their large size and powerful [...]
According to CBS news, one poison control center in Ohio received nearly 1500 calls over the course of 15 years about possibly poisoning from pet medications, and about 1200 of those were about children under the age of five. With last summer's debacle on the risk of the popular and colorful laundry pods posing a risk for kids, [...]