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Monday, January 7, 2013

"Not Just For The Blind..." 'Obama Da Dog'

Please ask permission to pet me. I am here to serve my master!
Aloha, Check out my opinion article in the (01-11-13) Kaua'i Garden Island news, "Don’t pet a dog without permission..."
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-friday-jan/article_ad8fe6a2-5bbd-11e2-aee9-0019bb2963f4.html

Petting a service  dog without permission is like groping another fellow man or woman without permission, or  touching someones baby without permission. What makes people think they can kiss and pet a stranger's animal?

Service dogs are mostly associated with giving aid to blind people, but a service dog can also offer Psychiatric service. These dogs are classified PSDs. "(Psychiatric Service Dogs) When you come across a service dog, please do not pet, call, talk, kiss or otherwise distract it as doing so could put the handlers life in jeopardy     http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/showthread.php?t=7204

When someone  asks to pet my dog, I say "NO," because she is a "service dog," plus I am a germophobic. I don't want someone who may have a cold, flu virus or smelly hands petting my dog.

 These are working animals, not pets and they are out with their handlers to help them, not to be a spectacle for the public. Please note it is rude to ask a  disabled person what their disability is, as that is personal and confidential information.

Service dogs need to know who their  master's are. People with service dogs are  not  portable petting zoos. 
Remember to ask permission before petting any ones pet.

Hana Hou, Shared from Facebook...

7 comments:

Linda Meyers said...

I only pet AFTER asking, but I wouldn't even ASK to pet a service dog. Though I only know its a service dog if it's wearing an identifier, like a vest or harness.

Harmony Bentosino said...

My boyfriend has a personal service dog that is simultaneously a therapeutic dog for children he works with who have autism. The dog is very good with strangers in public. We enjoy having other people (& especially children) pet her so long as THEY ASK FIRST!

KimoRosen said...

Harmony and Linda (Mcgregor) I hear you! If people ask, that's the key, nobody wants someone with smelly hands petting their dog... or with my dog she is scared of teenage boys with skateboards she freaks out, one time one of these boys was mean to her, now she growls at all teenage boys... yes, we all agree just Ask! ;D)

Harmony Bentosino said...

John's dog, Ele, is great with people but is challenged by other dogs because she was attacked once.

Diana LaRussa said...

via facebook,"I never touch an animal unless I get the permission of both the owner and the animal, they go hand and hand. ( how's that for an oxymoron?"

KimoRosen said...

GOOD ONE D...

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