|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 10:27am PST |
|OOOOOk I think I can help with this a lil bit! I am going to start with that I am in maine. And then I will tell you my Story:
I live in maine and in a small town that I first thought would be a first for them for me to get a SD. Come to find out; though I thought Maine was behind the times, I found out they knew what I needed. My Doctors wanted me to have a SD; they felt I was coming in to a part of my life I really did not need more meds, since I really was beginning to become physically ill form all the meds. I already had, and I was telling them this, Myself.
So having said all that I will tell you this; When I first came down to this town I was in a shelter. I met up with an old High school friend who ran a Pizza shop and in the this place were 3 apts.
Her husband also ran a store that was the same way, but in a different location in the town. Anyway I had recently lost a pet dog that was a family pet (she was old but developed a case of
Gastro problems they called twisted gut.) Being old the humane thing was to put her to sleep. About a year later my other family pet became ill. She allowed me to bring him down to see what was going on with him. He too was an old dog, I found to be a sad situation cause he had a stroke weeks later. I then put him to sleep cause I could ot bear watching him suffer. Very sad and trying to get myself together; I voiced this to my councellor and worker. My doctors felt not only the death of my pet was casing me health issues my physical ailments were degrading also. They finally conviced me that a dog would help. After I had mentioned many times how loosing my beloved pets were bring me down emotionally. I also mentioned that my Landlord being a good friend did not though allow pets. (and in her eyes) that meant any animal. This is after all; After I had gotten in to an apartment she was renting, and she had made commendations for me to take up rent there in the Pizza apt. house. She had already before told me that she could and would not allow animals in the place. Though there was a tenet that had a cat, and the cat was grandfathered in that lease since he was there before she had bought the unit.
I had agreed there, since my pets were already being cared for with other family. Now here is the sticky part After my doctors pretty much insisted I get a SD and I began researching about going down that root, "She" continued to say No to me.
She insisted that she would not allow me to have the dog cause she felt it would be a gloriafied pet. I was very ill at the time too. Cause my illnesses were progressing very steddly for the worse.
I had been hospitalized many times and at deaths door durring the corse of weeks in that year. I had gotten a rejection form the only program in the state near me. Then I found this site and looked in to trainers etc. I called and searched through animal shelters found a couple dogs that were good canidates.
My Landlord determinded that I was not going to get a dog told the shelters I could not have it here. I finally found my dog in the Uncle Henery's form a town I once lived in, and they brought her down to me. The man I called could not keep her cause his life was changing and he could not give her the time she needed. I told him why I was looking for a dog, and exsplained the type of dog I needed. He told me that Sadie was that dog and her breed was very smart; (cause I had been looking for just that breed.)
I found out that if I got a Dog and began training her for to be an SD the landlord had to make accomidations for it. All the laws and the housing program made it clear they were on my side. They were making accomidations for me to have the dog.
I even found programs to help me feed her and trainers that would donate time for helping me train her, and walkers that would walk her when I could not sitter etc. HER HUSBAND ALSO STOOD UP FOR ME! lol that was a surprise though he was not really happy he did so. The moral part of this is I did find it hard to do this cause this person was my friend but the doctors had insisted I needed the dog. It worked out well and now she loves the dog and if anyone even looks like they are going to make problems; she tells them where to go before I even get there lol! A landlord neighboring out back of this unit was causing a ruccuss about Sadie cause Sadie did not like him and he did not like her, and My Landlord told him to get off her area and stop parking near the dog cause she owned right where he was going. I guess the point is I was getting to is; Though I am in maine I am sure if this dog will be used as a SD that the ADA dose state that the Landlord has to make reasonable accomodations for one; They are fed. Laws and that over rides the state laws.
Edited by author Mon Feb 25, '13 11:01am PST
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