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  •  Dog vs. service dog conflicts are a real problem (10+ / 0-)

    here in dog-centric San Francisco.  (I love dogs, but some of their owners are a real pain in the ass.)  During efforts to craft leash laws in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Guide Dogs for the Blind wrote and spoke in support of some on-leash areas, in part because off-leash dogs were interfering with guide dogs.  (More accurately, inattentive owners and professional dog-walkers were allowing their dogs to interfere.)  For a week or so afterward, the Guide Dogs office in San Rafael was barraged with screaming (even threatening) phone calls and hateful letters and faxes.  It takes a really, truly self-centered moran to decide that their dog's right to play anywhere and everywhere is more important than allowing people to experience the park with their service animal.

    •  I call that the (3+ / 0-)
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      Service Dogs vs Snooki Purse Puppies.

      People want to bring their dogs everywhere.  Where I work we have a sign at the entrances that state Only Service Animals Welcomed.

      We have this one lady who has a "therapy dog" for her anger management issues.  I've seen her kick at him and yank his collar.   It's a sweet dog but it barks and sniffs at other people and the food in their lower basket carts.

      Big difference from an actual Service Animal or the people who are training service dogs.

      But we are not allowed to ask if an animal is a service animal or a "therapy" animal.

      My son is autistic and probabloy will at some point have a "therapy" animal but I would never allow him to take it in to a store, place in a food cart and let it bark, piss and distract actual working, service animals.

      It takes only a few cheaters to hurt the entire system.

      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

      by Damnit Janet on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 09:42:15 AM PDT

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      •  Not true - (7+ / 0-)

        You most certainly ARE allowed to ask if the animal is a service animal, and you may also ask what tasks the animal performs.

        The answer should be concrete:  the dog alerts me to sounds, helps me with balance issues, picks up things I drop, warns me of an impending seizure, and so on.  Most people who have pets as opposed to partners usually can't give a coherent list of tasks (mind you, an autistic person with an autism dog might also have trouble, but you can tell pretty quickly in that case what's going on - an autism dog is not a "therapy" dog).

        You can't ask about the person's disability, of course, but if you are polite when you ask, most of us with service animals will be happy to explain what our partners do. They've given us freedom, and we're proud of them.

        All knowledge is worth having.

        by Noddy on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:09:39 PM PDT

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    •  The people here in upstate NY (4+ / 0-)

      that blatantly ignore leash laws infuriate me. I love my dog and take here everywhere that she can reasonably go on a leash, like on walks around town, to the USPS drop off box, the outdoors atm, etc. If I'm going in to a store or restaurant I leave her at home. The number of times we have both been attacked by dogs large and small off leash has been ridiculous. Both of the recent times the owner of the dogs was indignant at me for being so cruel as to keep my dog on a leash. While I'm trying to pry their dog off of mine. The time before I needed stitches on my hand from the person's dog biting me. My dog is a big girl, but she is gentle and non-aggressive. The dog park is an off leash outdoors areas; we have places for off leash activity in this town. There is no excuse for walking off leash everywhere. There are reasons we have leash laws; leashes are for the safety and well being of the dog and the people and other critters around it. I wish the local PD would actually ticket folks for it.

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