5 things you might not know about service dogs (including why it’s REALLY WRONG to pretend your dog…
Melissa Dowler

I always enjoy reading your well written and thoughtfully conceived posts on medium.com. I am pleased you shared with readers the importance of proper conduct around a service dog. More importantly, I am thrilled you called out people who pass their pets off as service dogs. About a month or so ago there was a news report concerning someone being bitten on a plane by one of this “wannabe’s”. While I know passengers who have mental health issues are allowed, with the proper paperwork given them by a certified mental health specialist, to fly ( only a few airlines offer this option) with an “emotional support dog”, the dog is not allowed the same freedom as a service animal. So, I went online to research this poseur behavior and was aghast at the amount of sites one can access to purchase counterfeit vests and false paperwork. The depths to which some people will go amazes me. If anyone chooses to indulge in this type of behavior, they should be placed on a “no fly” list and made to follow behind a St. Bernard to pick up their poop for an extended period of time.

Having spent time with my little Cairn in an elevator with Adele, I saw first hand Adele’s ability to shut out the presence of another dog, as well as all other distractions, in order to do her job and do it properly. The Adele I met at the Boston screening of the film was an entirely different animal; although her skills are still at work. That Adele made eye contact, approached me, wanted attention and was loving every minute of her newly found celebrity status. Finally, she could be just a pet and enjoy all the benefits of a dog’s life.

It is a fine service you perform, through both your film and articles such as this one, to educate people about the behavior of the service dog, proper conduct around such an animal and take to task selfish, dishonest “sphincters” who deserve several slaps upside their heads.

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