[nfbwatlk] Service animals article out of Portland
gabias at telus.net
Fri Jan 21 01:33:41 UTC 2011
I've seen guide dogs with proper credentials behave badly. It doesn't
happen often, but often enough that I've become convinced certification is
no guarantee. I've traveled with a guide dog that was never certified. Paul
trained her for me. He also trained three dogs for himself. Altogether, he
trained six dogs. As far as I know, they all were good working animals. I
would hate to have a certification system so rigid that it forces blind
people to attend a guide dog school. The schools already have a near
monopoly; strict certification rules would make it an absolute monopoly.
There's no doubt this is a complex issue. In my view, if an animal behaves
badly, make the owner responsible. After all, if a person behaves badly in
a public place, there are consequences. Sadly, though, very few business
people want truly to hold a blind person accountable. The public relations
nightmare can be ruinous, even when the business owner is correct.
From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Kaye Kipp
Sent: January 20, 2011 12:49 PM
To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Service animals article out of Portland
It's my opinion that a service animal ought to have some identifiable proof
that it's a service animal. It's too easy for anyone to just bring a pet
whatever onto public transportation or into a public facility and call it a
service animal. And then if the animal causes harm or misbehaves, it makes
it hard for the legitimate service animal owner.
As for the guide horse, I can't picture it. I guess when dogs were first
used for guiding, people were skeptical, so I suppose anything's possible,
but frankly, it doesn't seem very practical, and I sure don't think I'd take
one on a bus or into a restaurant.
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