|Barked: Sun Dec 25, '05 7:07am PST |
|You might also want to give the service dog training facility nearby a heads up. Share your story - they probably would like to know and, if there have been other complaints, they may start warning other people with service dogs in your area about the horrible mall. That's a loss of business for them - and all because of some idiot elf. Does the facility help people become their own advocates? I would imagine that some training in that area would help quite a bit, too.
By the way, I have really bad allergies and asthma; my medication does not help all of my symptoms. Dogs are one of the very few things that I am not allergic to (whew!), but I am allergic to several other pets as well as most things that grow! Using the allergy or asthma excuse is a poor one, indeed. Very seldom is an individual allergic to ONLY dogs; they typically have some other allergy (like dust or pollens) to go along with it. Using the "logic" of allergies as a reason to not let your dog cross the carpet makes about as much sense as not letting a gardener or a smoker walk in the same area. The horrible, thick musk of a cigarette, for example, lingers for a very long time and, if I'm not mistaken, reaches far further than dog dander. Some of us can't be around smokers and do have to leave the area because their presence triggers an attack - and, yet, they're still allowed to smoke in some buildings and around the entrances that we all have to walk through.
(For future reference, both asthma and allergies are recognized as disabilites by the ADA - but most people's symptoms aren't bad enough for them to care about looking into it. There are a few of us, though, that are bad enough where we can be helped by the ADA, especially where our workplaces and schools are concerned.)
However, it sounds like that the person that Shadow encountered may have been one of the whiny asthmatics that make life more difficult for the severe asthmatics that really may have a problem bigger than a few sniffles. Athmatics and allergy sufferers do have to realize that one cannot avoid every trigger - that's why most people have medications that work all of the time. That's just my opinion, though. I thought that you may like to hear some thoughts from the allergic side of the fence.
Kudos to you and Lily! I'm sorry that some nasty "Helper" made the experience a bad one for your family. I hope that your sister is OK and that Lily gets some extra cuddles today.
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