Sunday, January 18, 2015
Service Dogs Are Awesome!
If you check out the following link, you'll find that a war veteran was kicked out of a Taco Bell because he had a service dog. He had the dog for his PTSD, but the worker at Taco Bell said that he wasn't blind, so he didn't need a dog. Here's the link:
Service dogs have been around for quite some time, but people are still having to fight to be allowed public accommodations for them. People only think of seeing eye dogs, but there's service dogs for many, many conditions from physical to emotional. Not least of which is hearing ear dogs.
Service dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing are extremely helpful and can be made to let you know if the doorbell or phone is ringing, fire alarm blaring, someone knocking on your door, get your attention for another person, medical emergencies, and many, many more jobs that they do so very well.
I wish I had a service dog. There's a place nearby here called Paws For A Cause that trains service dogs and helps you find a match. I haven't applied, simply because I can't afford it right now and don't really have the time, but for people just starting out deaf (late-deafened adults) or born deaf-alike these wonderful pups can really make a difference in your life.
The next time you see a service dog in public, try to remember the article above and remind yourself that one neednt be blind or even deaf to have some use of one. Support service dogs!!
Posted by Michele at 3:33 PM
Labels: accessibility, accommodations, blind, blindness, deaf, deafness, dogs, hard of hearing, hearing dogs, HOH, service dogs
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You could check out the International Hearing Dog Inc. The hearing dogs there are free. The only thing you have pay is 100 for the crate and training supplies. But that doesn't need to be paid for weeks after the person gets the dog. It's in Colorado, but they will fly the dog out to the person with no charge. I got one from there and I'm in N.Y. And of course they have to approve the person first before getting the dog.ReplyDelete
Service dog is a great service to humanity.ReplyDelete
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I know service dogs are useful for many peoples. The person in need must love and trust dogs. Money are not the real problem.ReplyDelete