The politics of service animals has become a morass that is difficult to navigate. Where can you take your service horse? On a plane? How about that therapy turkey, can it sit with you while you take the Bar Exam? One thing is clear. Service animals are working, and just about everyone knows that you shouldn’t pet them without permission.
Almost everyone. This unnamed woman seems to have some issues with dogs that are out in public but not meant to be treated like pets.
The basic etiquette is easy to follow. If an animal is wearing a vest, or is otherwise marked as a service animal, you stay clear.
“Unfortunately the owner of this particular service dog has found a lot of people still ask to pet it even when it’s clad in ‘training dog’ signs,” Unilad writes. “To avoid any dragged out conversations the owner has decided to get straight to the point and just say ‘no’ when people ask, but the woman in this video did not think that was an acceptable answer.”
ML Leigh posted the video below to her Facebook page. It was filmed in what appears to be a mall in Pennsylvania. A woman came up to pet the dog, but was told ‘no.’
That curt response set her off. She wanted to argue about how service animals should be identified, and what kind of signage the company needed to have out.
“Had this crazy experience yesterday at the mall where some lady asked if she could pet the dogs,” the dog’s trainer later posted on Facebook. “People ask us all the time so I just said, ‘no’.”
“All the dogs are working so it’s my go to answer. And they walked away. No big deal right?”
“This lady went out of her way to come back with her child and yell at us for saying ‘no’ and for not saying, ‘nO iM sOrRy ThEy’Re TrAiNiNg.’ [sic]”
“And we should ‘have a sign or something.’ You mean the 20 patches on my dog that say don’t pet?”
“Entitlement these days is real. They even got mall security because we said they couldn’t pet the working dogs. Security said that the lady was crying. So much harassment for just saying no. This video is public and is shareable. There was no common sense here. [sic]
The video has since been viewed over 2.5 million times, and many comments show their support for Leigh and claim the blonde woman was being entirely unreasonable.”
“Hopefully she’ll know to leave service dogs and their handlers alone from now on!”