My Service Dog, Jade

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Things People Say to Service Dog Handlers

I pulled this great video off of You Tube, which I think is great! It just basically quotes the things that people to say to service dog handlers.

Since I have had my service dog, I have had many, many people come up to me and say the strangest things. Most of these things are quoted here in this video, but there are others, such as, "You're not blind, what do YOU need a dog for?!" Yes, people never cease to amaze me.  Because I was educated about service dogs, even before I had one, I assumed that other people were educated about what a service dog is as well. BOY was I WRONG!!! That has a big part in me starting this blog in the first place.

I try to always take the opportunity to educate people when they come up and ask me questions, if I have time, but some of these comments are just downright RUDE and ANNOYING!  Besides making strange, and sometimes very rude comments, I've had grown adults just come right up and start petting my service dog, talking to her, and hugging her! Then I've had little children, 4 years old, come up and ask me if they can pet my dog, which I can respect.  I try to always talk to the children about what a service dog is and how it should be handled.  The adults, well....I think they should know. Some of them know and don't care....for example, I had a woman come up to me at the grocery store and say (in a little baby voice), "You're such a pretty doggie! I know I'm not supposed to be talking to you, but you're just so cute! Yes, you are!"  What the hell!? How does one respond to such ignorance?

There are a lot of rude people out there, then there are people that genuinely just don't know. Those are the ones I try to talk with and educate about service dogs.

Watch this video, whether you do or do not have a service dog. If you do have a service dog, can you relate to this video?  If you don't, are you one of these people?? If so, stop it.

Feel free to share your stories about this issue in the comments section of my blog.  Thanks.