Everyone is fading from this board...

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What'd you say?- I wasn't- listening.
Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 10:24pm PST 
I feel like most of the service dogs have run off from here. I can't help but get the feeling a lot of them have just jumped ship with the appearance of so many psychiatric service dogs.

I miss coming to this board and seeing active posting...

I guess I just thought I would share my woe, lol.

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Hero of Hyrule
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 2:43am PST 
What do PSDs have to do with it?

Captain Three- Legs
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 6:52am PST 
Yes, really, what do PSDs have to do with anything? If they truly help mitigate a disability, whether psychiatric, mobility, seizures, blindness or anything else, they are a service dog. The service dogs have not jumped ship.


Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 7:11pm PST 
I've been wondering about it too, where did everybody go? This board used to be so much more active.
Abrams Tank- SD

I'm trying to- fill some BIG- paws
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 9:45pm PST 
I dont post much because I am either busy reworking Tank's training or fighting with my cousin/my hubbys friend/our roommate over Tank's training or taking my hubby to school. That and when I do post there are often people who have something negative to say to me. I mean I asked a question about what people consider abuse and got told to surrender my dogs to a rescue because they would be better off. I have spent over $200 on one of my dogs in just four vet visits and will be spending another $60-$90 on the same dog in the next couple weeks to get her right rear leg x-rayed. That is why I rarely post on any forums at all. Although I do have questions I will just rely on my vet instead. Also Tank is my husband's SDiT not mine.

Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 8:38am PST 
Because most of us who are seasoned SD handlers or trainers are muted by a forum because of valid truths and actual references to law is made. When your attacked for just telling it like it is, this can be a very frustrating place to be.

Please note I am not referencing all, this is just what I have heard from fellow SD users

What'd you say?- I wasn't- listening.
Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 9:52am PST 
I have a PSD, lol, I wasn't making an attack. But I know some people were getting snippy with some of us PSD handlers. Maybe it has something to do with it? I'm just trying to figure out where everyone went thinking

I haven't seen too many problems with the laws being challenged except by some random guests or those with a feeling of entitlement (not referencing anyone in particular).

DeMamma and my- boy and me makes- a team
Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 9:08pm PST 
This is the first time back in months. I don't come on a lot because I find there is to much contention. Certain members get banned for being honest and too many hateful comments. I was getting stomach aches when I came on. I hooked up with a few on Facebook and found other forums that are kind and supportive while being honest.
Crazy Sadie- Lady

Im a SD and- proud of it so- there!!!!
Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 7:18am PST 
I have been on and off here Baby But been busy for a bit too I was away I know and I have seen a decrease of a lot SDs too. I was wondering what happen too you as matter fact a lot of familar are not here the ones I am use to.

Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 7:33am PST 
For me it wasn't PSDs at all but what seemed to be a movement towards a destructive environment. I kept seeing more and more people who had no clue what they were doing being encouraged to OT a SERVICE DOG, and having people get mad at me and "remind me of the rules of the forum" when I pointed this out.

There also seemed to be a lot more of "Oh, I have social anxiety, can I make my 6-year-old pet dog Fluffy a SD and take her everywhere with me?" with the response being super encouraging. Whenever I would express my concerns, I would again be "reminded of the rules of the forum."

To me it had become a really, really destructive environment that is harmful to all SDs everywhere, and I just have no interest in being a part of that. It's sad, because there was also a lot of other good things going on here.

This is a totally separate issue from a specific type of service dog, but it did seem to just so happen that a lot of people who fell into this category did have PSDs, but that was completely irrelevant to my feelings on the issue.
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