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  •  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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      •  It's my stores personal code. (1+ / 0-)
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        We are not allowed to ask.  But I'm so social, I start talking and I have a complete run down of what the animal does.  We have many with different tasks and for various disabilities.

        I can usually tell just by how the person is treating the animal.  As you said, pet versus partner.  Snooki with her purse puppy versus an actual working animal :)

        I only "judge" when the people put the dogs in baskets, carts or on my belt.  Or when another customer tells us that a dog took a crap in produce... LOL

        "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 06:15:35 PM PDT

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