is Rethy (pronounced Reethy). Strangers see
me and say "cute dog". They baby talk, reach out to pet, try to get my
attention or worse. They don't know they are making my job harder.
Service dogs like me see the world from a unique point of view. Here is a glimpse of my world.
"Individually trained" helper for a person with a disability
Here's a picture of me with some friends. Grace and Ollie are on the bench squeezing me. Dakota is in front. We are all working dogs.
People ask my human, "Where can I get one of those vests? I want to take my dog everywhere too."
Why don't they ask, "Where can I get a lab coat? I want to be a doctor." If you can get the the work gear, why go through all that training?
RESPECT THE VEST - I wear it because I am TRAINED to assist my human with her disability.
Humans who get lab coats and pretend they are doctors are committing a felony. When a person pretends their dog is a service dog when it's not trained to mitigate their human's disability, that is a felony, too--vest or no vest.
Some of my colleagues...awesome service dogs.
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