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today's dog experience

Today I went to get blood drawn... As I walked into the building and was following my dad down the hall, some old man started going bananas over my dog: "Well hi!!! What a pretty girl!" *petpetpetkisskisskiss* Of course, Loretta made a beeline for him and ignored my dad. I said, "Please don't talk to her. She's trying to guide me."

The man acted like some kind of amazing lightbulb had come on. "Oooooh!"

I understand (sort of) why people try to pet a service dog who is at rest. I do not understand why they think they can greet one who is quite obviously doing a job, guiding a person down a hallway! In my mind, that takes a whole lot of lack of observance.

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nabba
Dec. 10th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I had people come up to me all the time and just start petting from behind or stupid shit like that. There's absolutely no reason for it. So needless to say I don't always watch my manners, esp when kids are being encouraged to do something that is moronic anyway (approaching a strange animal) and do it without permission and tug on the tail or whatever. It induces a panic attack in me and I just fly off. People have no concept of respect anymore
Sorry you had to deal with this
reborn_spirit
Dec. 10th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Today must be the day for old people calling out to our guide dogs. I just got the custodians at Heartland in trouble for calling out to Santana while I worked her down the hall. It pisses me off when people are so *tries to think of a different word for ignorant*.
3kitties
Dec. 10th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
more thoughts
Well, to be fair, he was elderly and perhaps had some "issues..." But he was sitting where the volunteers sit, which ttells me he is there to be helpful. So I wonder why he thought it was all right to immerse himself in my dog.
cindynmuttnaz
Dec. 10th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: more thoughts
Who knows people think it's their God given right to pet our dogs. It's especially bad for me at church where people will acknowledge my dog and not myself. Some don't even know who I am. "Oh, whats your dogs name?" I've snapped back..."Uh whats my name first?" That usually gets them gone. Maybe this guy you ran into was just old and had issues but still there's no excuse...
brighid0704
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
I've often wondered the very same thing. People pet dogs, or try to, just because they like dogs, and they don't stop to think about what it is they're doing. If people thought more about things, this world would be a much better place, IMO.
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