“Changing the Lives of Veterans One Service Dog At A Time”

English: Golden Retreiver Service Dog

English: Golden Retreiver Service Dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 2013 article on the Harrisburg Magazine website, talks about the benefits of Service Dogs to Veterans with PTSD, and points out that the public needs to respect that the dog is a service dog and not a pet despite the handler not having a disability that is visible to the naked eye.

My Service Dog does similar work to aid me as what was described in this article and I know all to well that while my Service Dog has made life more bearable for me, the public can be downright rude at times with the staring and questioning.  A Service Dog is a medical device and should be responded to with the same respect that would be expected by someone using a wheel chair or cane.  Always remember that just because the person holding the leash of a service dog doesn’t “look” disabled doesn’t mean they aren’t, if they weren’t disabled they wouldn’t need a Service Dog.

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