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I agree that journalists should be politely educated when they make errors (though they rarely respond when I do contact them).

However I disagree that the reason for not requiring markings is so people can be modest about their disability.  If you're in a location with a dog where dogs aren't allowed it's pretty obvious you're either a jerk or a person with a disability and of course people are going to ask about the dog so that lets it out of the bag.  The reason for not requiring markings is that there is no standard or official marking to require.  Just as there is no standard or official ID or certification.  And the reason for that is that it is cost-effective for the government.  It doesn't cost them anything to implement.  Standardization and official recognition, such as most of us would very much like to exist, would be costly to implement and when it comes to social services for a small minority, the government would rather avoid the cost unless they are in the one percent and make hefty campaign contributions.  The poor and disabled should simply pick themselves up by the bootstraps and carry on without complaint.
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Two observations:

1. I'm a retired journo who still writes, and can assure you that the vast majority of journalists aren't thinking of clickbait . . . but they can be terribly ignorant about service dog laws and make mistakes. Instead of accusing them, it's best to recognize that they are human and try to educate them so that they're more accurate in the future. They are generalists and can't be expected to know all the fine points of specialized pursuits.

2. I believe the reason the ADA does not require markings (vests) on service dogs is for reasons of medical privacy. Many people with disabilities don't want their disabilities to be obvious for fear of being taken advantage of or even assaulted. Many years ago I was glad that my disability—total deafness—was invisible, but now that I am almost an octogenarian, I don't mind if the general public knows that I have a disability and use a service dog for it. I'm kind of shaky on my pins, and appreciate other people allowing me space when Trooper in his bright orange vest and I enter a store or restaurant. Every person with a disability is different and we shouldn't generalize about them.
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You mean I can finally claim wheelchair privilege? Well, that, and never having to look for something to sit on. :tongue2:
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So glad she will be okay! How scary.

Sorry about the huge expense -that's really rough. I'm sure friends and loved ones will understand re: gifts.
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She's still not feeling the greatest, I gave her a can of the food and her medicine and now she's sleeping it off. Dropped her butt and peed on the carpet, and there's a wet spot on my bed too. I suspect she might also have a UTI but we literally can't afford another vet visit, this one was way too much as it is. :/
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It's the wheelchair. I used to do the same thing with my Lab, not putting the harness on when i had the powerchair & we went out because I didn't need it and was lazy or it was hot or whatever. I never got questioned. I wouldn't do this if you couldn't tell there was something wrong with me as, just like with parking, you'll get cornered & questioned as it looks like you are randomly bringing a dog in. I also had my Lab way before dogs were commonplace in public so I never really thought about it.
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You'd think such people would have more of a sense of preservation for their own dog, which could be quite hurt if they got loose outside or even if someone accidentally stepped on them, but of course their precious foo foo would never leave mummy's lap. Until they do. One of the first dogs out of place that I noticed when I started training Cricket was a pair of mini poodles that were completely sans leashes and I think collars which were riding in the top part of a shopping cart, where you'd put a toddler to sit. A dog that small could break a leg jumping down onto a hard floor from that distance.

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There have been times when Cricket was not marked because I was doing something like popping into a store while taking him out on a mostly non-working trip, since there is a real energy cost to me to putting on his vest or changing to his work harness, and sometimes I've just plain forgot to bring his work gear with me because I wasn't expecting to go in a business with him. I'm very visibly disabled, sitting in a big wheelchair with tubes going to bags of medical equipment, so I've almost never been asked the two questions, and I think the wheelchair-helper dog image is fairly ingrained in the public consciousness, compared to someone with an invisible disability walking casually into a store with an unmarked dog. I have no problem working him 'nekkid' and talking to people, even though I don't make a habit of it. He has a tracking harness with patches and handles, and even has a separate leash for work that looks nicer and stays cleaner than his everyday gear. I've also used a leash cover in the past, and/or a labeled leash, but it seems like overkill at this point and I prefer not having anything extra on the leash.

Interestingly, on the times that I worked him in his daily non-work gear, which is just a Balance Harness (plain straps that go around neck and chest), I had a couple MOPs ask me if it were a special working harness.
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LOL I'm happy she was able to go to the vet and live! How scary but at least there is a very good ending.

That picture is hilarious. Frame that one.
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She's currently PASSED OUT on her 'bed' wrapped in blankets.

https://vgy.me/Tlz5z9.png

Someone's tired from her adventure today. I wish I could get her to behave more, but I think I might need to start facing my own hesitancies about walking in the neighbourhood and try to give her some long walks during the day. More playtime, doodling, anything to keep her less bored. She likes her kong wobbler at least.

The information about asking your vet for instructions to induce vomiting at home is a good one. She has gotten into chocolate before, but always small amounts. This was a full box so I didn't want to risk it, thankfully they said the amount she ate wasn't going to be enough to affect her heart or anything, just agitation and GI upset. But I was still worried.

On the plus side, she was very good for the vet! No growling or barking at them (which is standard for her, it's not an aggression growl, but she gets confused on when she shouldn't or should growl to communicate...I mean hell, she'll growl after she pees and scratches the dirt sometimes). Still, no growling at the vets, and she was very well behaved for them they said.
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