|Barked: Wed Jun 11, '08 9:23am PST |
|First, you are showing that you are very loving of your dog and considerate of people who use service dogs.
As a service dog owner, I will say that it is not the patch that would be the problem, it is only when someone tries to take a dog not trained into the public enviroment (where pets are not allowed) when they are not a service dog. You are not trying to do this, you are trying to avoid any misunderstandings, very good.
I want you to know that my dog is a seizure alert dog and mobility assistance dog (multiple disability). When I go through the public, I constantly hear: "look at the seeing eye dog", "see the blind dog," or "look at the dog in training." I even had my eye doctor's nurse at the VA hospital ask me, "can you see at all?"
The point I am trying to make is, no matter what you use, you will probably be asked about it. I see nothing wrong with the Deaf Dog patch, if you want to use it. As long as you don't try to use it as a hearing dog for the deaf. You have a specieal dog their, use it to educate people about deaf dogs, they will be interested. Put your dog through training and bring it to schools and other places to explain that dogs lose hearing, how he copes with it, and also how you do too. See if thier are deaf schools nearby, especially for deaf children who would be fascinated to see your special friend, and would give them motivation. You can turn this problem to help educate others.
Hoagie and his owner.
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