Almost everybody loves dogs and it’s not hard to see why. They are faithful companions and always ready for some fun.
Dogs are often incredibly smart and intuitive. That’s why many are trained to act as service animals, attending to the various needs of their owners.
When we see a dog out and about, our first instinct may be to run up and start petting it. While this is ill-advised for several reasons, with service dogs it is especially verboten.
When they are out with their owners, service dogs are on the job. They must be vigilant to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their master safe.
Sadly, not everyone gives service dogs the respect and space they need, and the result can be detrimental. That’s why Laura Joos is sharing her story.
Laura has a condition that can cause her to lose consciousness. Her service dog, Polly, can sense when Laura’s blood pressure is rising and alert her so she can get to safety.
Recently, Laura and Polly were at Walmart when they encountered a family who obviously didn’t know proper protocol when it comes to service animals. The situation was so scary and dangerous – not to mention infuriating – for Laura that she decided to write a letter to the mother in the hope that something like this never happens again.
“Dear fellow mom in Walmart,” she wrote. “I saw you coming down the aisle towards me, your 3 kids in tow, I get it being a mom is hard work sometimes. Your youngest in the cart, your older 2 walking next to you. I could hear you from far away ‘yes look doggy, woof woof!’ Your kids walking faster arms stretched out. They were excited! ‘A DOG! A DOG!’ They called out.”
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