It's September! Let's Talk About Service Dogs!
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Happy National Service Dog month!
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I don't have a service dog... but being the crazy dog lady that I am, I've always been so intrigued by the extraordinary service and value they bring into the lives of their handlers.
To recognize these wonderful dogs and spread awareness, I invite you to learn a little bit more about Riley!
↠ @goldenlovve_ ↞
Riley is an 8 month old Golden Retriever, who loves to swim and get spoiled with peanut butter. But aside from enjoying treats and doing dog-ish activities 🐾, she also has a full time job!
Riley is a multipurpose service dog who is skilled at providing services such as medical alerts, item retrieval, crowd control, light mobility work, and faint responses. A common misconception is that service dogs only aid people who are blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair. But this is only partially true because disabilities come in many forms and are not always visible!
"They are much more then dogs, they are medical equipment that help us gain back our independence & sense of reassurance with the world. They save life’s everyday in such a big way that people don’t understand that’s why I encourage you to spread awareness." - Riley's Mom
So next time, think twice about petting a service dog, as you may be jeopardizing the safety of their handler. I know... it’s so tempting when they look so friendly and cute, but please refrain! 🚫
Unfortunately, there are also incidents where people disguise non-service dogs in service dog vests to sneak them into places in which they are not normally allowed. 🐕 Not only do non-service dogs cause disruptions in these situations, but each time it happens, business owners will be more reluctant to accept real service dogs on their premises. Pretending to have a service dog is not only disrespectful, but it is making the lives of people who rely on real service dogs so much more difficult.
We hope by spreading awareness, people will realize the how these actions can affect others. So let's...
If you are as fascinated as I am by gifted dogs like Riley, follow her on Instagram
@goldenlovve_ to learn more about her journey!