In All Seriousness
Is the title of this post clear enough? I sure hope it resonates, because this is one of the most avoidable tragedies that exists. The fact is, a little heat outside a car can make it very hot inside.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a Service Dogs as ”dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.
Those With Psychological Disorders
I am not encouraging anyone to take the law into their own hands and gain the superpower of taking your dog along with you ANYWHERE you please, but I want to bring light to this underground community of “Pseudo Service Dogs” and what lengths folks are going to keep their best friend by their side, at all times.
Interestingly, when it is not obvious what service an animal provides, the ADA only permits limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions:
(1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and
(2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.
Staff cannot ask about the person
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I was recently in a discussion with one of our customer service reps named Janna over e-mail, as she was graciously providing us with homemade dog and cat treat recipes with great pictures of the final product. The idea sparked in my head that before there were commercialized and even smaller-scale dog food and treat companies, what did people provide their dogs to eat on a normal basis and what was their longevity like?
I began to wonder:
About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media Marketing. Residing in Los Angeles, CA, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs, rescued 2 cats, and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving a voice to those who cannot speak.