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I like the way you think Moonsong and Kirsten!

I drafted a letter to the Winter Park Resort (which isn't too far from where I grew up) yesterday afternoon. I put it in the mail earlier today!
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I feel like Moonsong's letter could go on the front end of the site as an example for identifyinging what companies can do right and how to positively reinforce the good.
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I like the way you think Kirsten, things tend to be better when everyone is nicer and it makes people feel good when they hear how they did something good.

Also I like you little letter...thing.. Moonsong. Very well put together.
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That's a great idea, Kirsten! How does this sound?

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Hello,

I have recently heard about the incident in which a service dog was not allowed to ride a chair lift and the dog's owner pursued the issue. I wanted to applaud your actions. I'm delighted to hear of a business following the spirit of the ADA - reasonable accommodation. You wanted to keep everyone safe, and did your best to do so. Offering the dog's owner a ride up to the mountain seemed like a very reasonable alternative to me, and I'm very thankful that you were so considerate to a person with a disability.

I think it's terribly unfortunate that this person was pushing for rights that they are not given in the ADA. The lack of education is causing so much trouble for so many people, other service dog handlers included. I hope that you did not get bad press due to this issue, because your response to the situation was above reproach.

Many businesses don't know how to handle service dogs. Either they do attempt to restrict access, or they allow the person with the dog to get away with anything (such as imposing a danger by bringing an aggressive dog somewhere) because they are afraid of repercussions. It's amazing to see a business who was able to stand up for themselves (as well as other patrons), without infringing on the rights of the person with the service dog.

Thank you so much for what you did.
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My sister fell off a chair lift and missed a boulder by just a few feet.  No way would I take an infant in arms up a chair lift OR a dog, no matter how cooperative or well trained.

If you feel strongly that they should be applauded, you can drop them an email or call them and let them know how you feel.  People get a disproportionate amount of criticism when there are two sides, and very little support.  I try to make a point of noticing things that are good, that are done right, and praising the person.  Like if I get exceptional service from a service person, I call his manager the next morning and tell them so.  I would do that if I got exceptionally bad service, why don't we automatically do that for exceptionally good service as well.  That's my campaign.  Treat humans as I treat my dogs.  Try to find two things to reinforce for every complaint I make.
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Here is a prime example of someone who fought for rights they didn't have. This is why it's so important to really understand what you are and aren't allowed to do, and in the case of a grey area or an area that isn't easily understood, consult an attorney BEFORE insisting on your 'right' and/or filing suit.

The ADA is not the be-all-end-all. It is not an entitlement. It calls for REASONABLE accommodation. Posing a safety risk on a ski lift is NOT reasonable, even if it is available to the general public.

I feel bad for the ski resort. They probably got some bad press because of this, and they were really trying. Not only were they well within their right to deny the accommodation, but they attempted to provide a reasonable compromise. They responded perfectly to the situation, and it really sucks that they got attacked for it. They didn't deserve to be sued, they should be applauded.
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https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/15/winter-park-veteran-service-dog-chairlift-ruling/

I actually came across this from watching a youtube video. This lady wanted to take her service dog up on top of the mountain using the chair lift and was denied so she filed a complaint. IMO I agree with them saying no to that for safety reasons. They actually offered to drive her up the mountain in a car but she didn't want to be separated from other visitors. I would never dare to put my dog in that kind of situation, the chair lifts are not enclosed and because they are a living animal what if they slipped and fell 30 or more feet down to the ground?! The dog could get hurt or killed at that height.
Yes a service dog has its rights but as a handler you need to pick and choose some battles and be smart and keep everyone, including your service dogs safety in mind.
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This is my favorite article on budgeting for pet ownership: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2106&aid=1543

You can of course find others through Google.

A smaller adult rescue will likely have lower startup costs because vaccinations should be just annual boosters and spay/neuter should be done. You won't have as much need for chewies because teething is done and now chewing is just good recreation. If you're lucky, you might not need an obedience class, but if you do, one will probably be enough (a Canine Good Neighbor class would be ideal).

The smaller the dog the less food it eats, and food is the major upkeep cost with large dogs. I generally recommend something around twenty pounds because it makes it easier to negotiate with landlords, but if that's not an issue in your country, I'd shoot for around 30 pounds instead. I think that's a nice pet size, big enough to be active with you, small enough to lift and carry in an emergency (illness or injury) or when the dog is very old and needs help with stairs and cars. A nice 30 pound young adult (under 5 years), mixed breed rescue with character and an abundance of confidence and a sense of humor. That will get you through most anything. :wink:

Of course you should get what YOU want from what's available. That's just my suggestion.

I think you said you already had pet cats in your parents' home.  Sometimes I mix people up.  So two thoughts on that.  First, get an adult dog who is good with cats.  No sense setting up for drama when you visit your parents.  Second, ask your own vet if he or she knows of any nice dogs needing a home.  Sometimes they wind up at the vet's office instead of a shelter when it's one of the vet's own clients.  Say an elderly client has to go to a nursing home and can't care for the dog any more.  I saw this happen with a friend's very elderly mother.  She wasn't able to give the dog the care he needed and loved him (and he was a lovely dog), so the vet helped find a new home.  The plus on this is you get complete medical history.  Anyway, a dog with a clear history is a better bet for being used to and polite with cats.  If not the vet, then try a rescue that fosters in the home since that will give you clearer information about the dog when not in a high stress situation and when around other pets and kids and such.
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Thank you everyone for your responses!

I currently live in a student house where pets are allowed, but even then Ontario's law states you can't forbid pets :smile:

I've previously budgeted everything out for my horse, and luckily he's pretty low maintenance (though I know a vet bill can happen at any moment), and since my parents are helping for school through RESP (money they've put away), I can handle all of that.

I'll definitely have to put together a sheet with all my expenses. Thankfully I'm not spender in any means and don't party or anything of the sort. I like my money being saved! I work fulltime during the summer months, and during the school year I work every other weekend which covers my horses costs and allows me to put some away too.

I'm just worried on how my parents would react and how to propose it to them, but I think an expense sheet is good.

Thank you for all the feedback. I really appreciate it!
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I agree. I really hate when people do that. It's unfair to ask a dog who is mentally ill to take care of your mental illness.

I do think it depends on the dog. Are there some rescues that could become service dogs? Sure. Of course. But it comes down to temperament. If the dog is fearful, that's just cruel. If the dog is reactive, that's just dangerous. Either way it's completely unethical.

I don't like that "we saved each other" line. I mean, for a pet or ESA perhaps, but not a service dog. Pick a mentally sound dog; it's the most humane thing you can do. Service work is stressful enough without mental illness on top of it.
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