|Barked: Mon Nov 19, '12 3:49pm PST |
|I have a small dog who works at home as a medical alert dog, kind of to give my main SD a break while at home. Obviously my main SD is the one who comes out with me on a regular basis, but I have on occasion taken my small one out -- albeit, this has been almost exclusively to visit other people as its behavior is not quite up to par with being in public. My little one is a beautiful alerter and does so quite well from the floor; however, I most often do not notice its alert, no matter how it escalates (unless we're talking about unseemly yapping, and no one wants that). This is part of my disorder. I phase it out. So, I keep my little one higher up, where I am more likely to notice it, which can be in my arms, in my lap, or even in a purse.
I know that, assuming the woman's dog is a legitimate service dog, it should have been able to perform its function from the ground, but like my own situation, there might be some reason she needs to keep the dog closer. Beyond that, in a busy situation, she might be concerned for the dog's safety. Regardless of the reason, it is her prerogative to carry her service dog in a purse, provided it can still perform its function. At least that's my humble opinion.
For who said that it's a problem because her dog's head is level with produce, I honestly find that a bit silly. My late SD's head was level with the produce. We could hardly be told to leave because of that, and what else was it supposed to do, crouch? Then it could hardly do its job.
In any case, I don't think the lady deserved to be treated so rudely.
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