|Barked: Mon Aug 26, '13 4:36pm PST |
|Yoshi - You have to realize too, however, that dependent on a person's disability, the situation may be too highly stressful or detrimental for them to handle it differently or positively. When your very safety is at risk because of people's ignorance(best way to put it?), it's not necessarily something where you take the time to calmly and nicely educate people. I'm sure if I had an SD for my epilepsy and someone distracted him or someone's child was harassing him, I would be sent into a stressful panic about whether or not my dog is too distracted to mitigate my disability, and as someone prone to panic attacks too, that wouldn't be necessarily safe either. While the education and gentle handling of these situations is great IF it can be safely done, and without harming the SD or handler in question, than that's awesome, but a lot of times, that isn't quite possible.
That said, it truly pisses me off when people don't keep on top of their own children and keep them from harassing other people or people's animals(SD, pet or otherwise). As someone who recently had a baby, this is something that will be HUGELY educated upon my son - respecting the space of others, and learning when it is and is not appropriate to approach others. I love children, but there are days where I am not at my best and when I get small children walking up, touching me, touching my stuff and harassing me(usually happens in a waiting room somewhere), it really stresses me out, and even more so when the parents don't call their children off.
I'm so sorry you had this experience, Link. I hope you have better ones in the future and that parents start stepping up and looking after their children PROPERLY when you're clear about needing space. I also hope that you are feeling better.
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