|Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 2:00pm PST |
|It depends on whether I am well enough to stop and answer questions. When I'm in a hurry, or not well enough to get into a long conversation, I smile and reply that my SD is a medical response dog who helps me when I become ill, and keep on walking.
If I am well enough and have time to answer questions, I'll answer depending on the vibe I'm getting from the person asking. Sometimes, I disclose my disability and exactly how Iris helps me.
I find body language to be my best tool in managing the public. If I am obviously occupied, people tend not to bother me with questions. If I make lots of eye contact, I get more questions.
In any case, I make sure to be friendly because I'm one of those handlers who feels that I am also acting as an ambassador for other teams and want to set a good impression of SD teams for future interactions these people might have. Who knows? Next time, they might be the ones sticking up for one of us during an access challenge.
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