|Nolte (Retired Guide Dog)|
Guide dog work- is a joyous- thing!
|Barked: Sun Sep 16, '07 8:49pm PST |
|I personally feel this organization is crap. It's just one more "organization" thrown together to make bucks off SD handlers. Sites like this are a dime a dozen.
We are not legally obligated to "prove" our dogs are Service Animals, and organizations like SARA try to make it appear it's "easier" to have certification and ID, since, as quoted on their site, "Most entities are ignorant of this and try to prevent access without service animal ID."
The majority of SD handlers I've met thru the years are quite comfortable with our rights under the ADA and when the "uninformed" try to insist on proof we stand up for our rights and attempt to educate rather then allow such people to think they have the right to insist on "proof".
It's my feeling that the more people choose to give in and show ID rather then stick by their rights under the ADA, the more often we'll see businesses INSISTING on proof from handlers that their dogs are legit SDs... thus the more we'll see these bogus "certification" sites popping up all over the net just to make bucks.
A large number of disabilities are invisible... having a disability that isn't obvious shouldn't make you feel you need some piece of paper or whatever to "prove" you're disabled and that your dog is legit. Believe me, even being sight impaired and having my guide dog adorned in his harness from a legitimate guide dog training school isn't fool-proof... hehe... fool meaning those idiot business owners, managers, employees out there who haven't a clue, and try to insist that I "prove" Nolte is a legitimate SD.
Der... sometimes when a Wal-Mart greeter says, "Is that an eye-seeing dog?" I wanna say, "Yes, and I think maybe YOU might benefit from such a dog, you seem to have a vision impairment."
Anyway, there's my two cents (or maybe it's more like a couple bucks! lol)
Karen Ann & Kanine Krew