|Barked: Fri Mar 14, '14 5:31pm PST |
|Hey there! Im 23 and trained my service dog a year ago to help me. I have Crohns Disease, which is also invisible, except for my ileostomy under my shirt. I can totally relate, at first it was weird for me, but my life has been great with her by my side, despite what uneducated people think of me with my dog in public. Right now I am living in Boca Raton, Florida. Unfortunately, faking service dogs has become a trend here, bringing their "purse" dogs anywhere they go. One time I saw this lady at a restaurant feeding her so called "service dog" spaghetti on her lap!!! Because I have been harassed and accused by ignorant people who are uneducated and pre judge us because we are not the classic blind or handicapped disabled I carry in my purse a copy of the ADA overview on service dogs and one on Florida's regulation on service dogs in training.
It sucks that people are like this, and makes it harder for people with real service dogs to be normal and comfortable in public. But regardless, I am so happy my girl is my service dog now. i am getting surgery this Wednesday and Rosie is going to be by my side the whole time and wouldnt want it any other way! And having her opened up a whole new window for me, I now train service dogs myself! I work with Canines 4 Hope in Palm City, and love every minute of it! well except cleaning poop in the kennels lol.
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