Thursday, May 18, 2006

Going To The Dogs

We've all heard about seeing eye dogs and dogs that help the handicapped. Now we have dogs that are used for emotional support. No, not the kind of support you're thinking. The new fad is to bring your pooch into restaurants for good mental health. This is an excruciatingly long article and I only found a couple of things interesting.

Health care professionals have recommended animals for psychological or emotional support for more than two decades, based on research showing many benefits, including longer lives and less stress for pet owners.

Ok, that set's it up. Now onto this one obviously left wing kook, and I mean KOOK!

One 30-year-old woman, a resident of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., said she does not see a psychotherapist but suffers from anxiety and abandonment issues and learned about emotional-needs dogs from a television show. She ordered a dog vest over the Internet with the words "service dog in training" for one of the several dogs she lives with, even though none are trained as service animals. "Having my dogs with me makes me feel less hostile," said the woman, who refused to give her name.

"I can fine people or have them put in jail if they don't let me in a restaurant with my dogs, because they are violating my rights," she insisted.

Doesn't seem like it's worked for this woman who refuses to give her name.

I'm not sure what the law is now but I know that when I owned my bar in Illinois I would have been shut down on the spot by the Health Department if a dog was caught in there. I'm sure it's the same with the restaurant I own now. I understand the provision for dogs that are needed by the handicapped but I don't believe the Health Department is going to by the excuse that the dog should be allowed cause you get depressed without it. What a whack job that woman is!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This woman has "gone to the dogs." She's crazy, no other word for it. Lee

May 18, 2006 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I actually had a customer bring her dog (loose and not on a leash) into my place... I quickly scooped up the dog and escorted the customer and her pooch to an outside table where dogs are welcome.

May 18, 2006 10:06 PM  

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